Pick Your Project: Grassroots Community Fund Now Open

Published on 01 June 2018

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 Moira Shire residents now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for them at a State Government level with the announcement of the $30 million Pick My Project fund.

Grants between $20,000 and $200,000 are available for ideas ranging from cultural events to community gardens – anything that will make our local communities better places to live.

In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their ideas for consideration under the program and then vote for the projects they think are most important.

All you’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project.

Mayor Libro Mustica said local communities could now imagine, submit and vote for the projects they want.

"This idea will help locals get the projects they want for their communities," Cr Mustica said.

"There are many big ideas out there and Pick My Project will help bring them to life.

"Whether you’re a sporting club or a kindergarten, this fund is a chance to improve the community you live in."

Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there are no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall between the cracks of other grant programs are now eligible for funding.

Applications will remain open until Sunday, 24 June 2018, with winning projects to be announced in September 2018.

To view the guidelines, find out more about the workshops and register your interest, visit www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.