Pictured: Friends Elliot and Hannah take their new scooters for a spin at playgroup.
Darlington Family Playgroup is moving toward recovery thanks to a $500 Restart grant from the Recover Together COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.
The initiative, which is the biggest community grants program ever delivered by Shire of Mundaring, invites local, not-for-profit groups and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to apply for financial assistance.
Four tiered grants titled Restart; Reconnect; Rebuild; and Resilience, are available through the program to help eligible applicants deliver initiatives aimed at boosting community resilience and connectedness.
Darlington Family Playgroup grants officer Joanne Bubnich said a $500 Restart grant from the Shire had helped the group cover increased cleaning costs during COVID-19 and fund the purchase of two new scooters.
"As part of our [COVID-19] plan, we increased the frequency that our cleaner comes," Ms Bubnich said.
"The pump in our bathroom was broken so the grant has let us buy a new one, which is fantastic, it's helping us to meet the requirements of our plan," she added.
In addition to routine professional cleaning, playgroup parents are now required to sanitise all indoor toys after their children finish play. For this reason, Ms Bubnich said the group was offering a more selective range of toys inside, making cleaning manageable, and encouraging increased outside play, especially with the arrival of the group's new outdoor equipment.
"We [didn't] have any scooters so we thought that would be fantastic to add to our toy shed," she said.
"Our membership fees cover our recurrent costs, so we don't have a lot of scope for investing in new toys – like those nice extras – and that's what the grants give for us. So we really appreciate the Shire of Mundaring's support, it's fantastic and it really helps playgroup," she added.
Shire President John Daw said he was pleased to see local groups and businesses accessing the grants.
"We are proud to invest in our community through the Recover Together Fund," he said. "Each level is designed to help build community and economic resilience and connectedness within our shire in a responsive and timely manner.
"I am thrilled to see the program already benefitting networks which are an integral part of our community and I look forward to seeing more grant-supported initiatives contribute to a vibrant and connected shire."
To learn more about the Recover Together Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Fund or apply for a grant visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/covid-19
Plus, keep an eye on the Celebrating our Grant Recipients page and check out grant-supported initiatives near you.
For more information, contact the Shire's community capacity building officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9290 6678.
ABOUT THE GRANTS
Recover Together – COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund
Four tiered grants are available for initiatives that will start before 30 June 2021:
- Restart Grant – Up to $500. Designed to quickly respond to community and local business and industry requests for small initiatives and items that will assist them in recovery and 'restarting'.
- Reconnect Grant – $501 to $2500. To support initiatives that benefit community groups and their members, and local business and industry.
- Rebuild Grant – $2501 to $10,000. To support initiatives that are of wider community or economic benefit.
- Resilience Grant – $10,001+. Available for large-scale initiatives that will generate broad community or economic benefit. Organisations in receipt of this level of funding will enter into a service agreement with the Shire.