Grants benefiting the Geelong community

Labuan Square Commons Op-Shop received $7750 from Benefit Geelong. (Supplied)

Community projects across Geelong have received grants to help enhance people’s lives across the region.

Benefit Geelong awarded more than $65,000 to eight community initiatives and a student scholarship to Ella Howard, allowing her to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University.

Chair Chris Hicky said he was proud to be offering grants to community groups that were helping improve the lives of others.

“These projects will undoubtedly make a significant difference in the lives of local residents,” he said.

“The high number of requests we received underscores the vital importance of our work and the ongoing needs within our community.”

Grant recipients included $15,000 for Creativity Australia’s ‘With One Voice Geelong’ and $12,000 for Geelong West Neighbourhood House’s ‘Community Kitchen’.

Leisure Networks’ ‘Power 2 Pedal’ program received $11,454, Norlane Community Initiatives’ ‘Labuan Square Commons Op-Shop’ received $7750, and Riding for the Disabled received $10,000.

Other recipients included The Outpost with $5000 for security upgrades, Geelong Area Multiple Birth Association with $3550, and Northern Geelong Rental Housing Co-Op with $2630.

Benefit Geelong has provided more than $400,000 to many community projects over its 18 months of operation to help enhance the lives of Greater Geelong residents.

The next round of Benefit Geelong’s community grants will open again in October, with up to $15,000 worth of grants available.

Grants are available for projects committed to strengthening social capital, community welfare, the environment, health, education, and culture.