ARARAT - Several organisations from Ararat and across the region have shared in the $12,050 granted as part of this year's Ararat RSL Community Grants Program.
Donations from $250 and up to $1,000 were handed to 16 organisations. The organisations to benefit were: Ararat and district Wool Fibre and Craft Group, Ararat Fire Brigades Group, Willaura Health Care, Ararat Netball Club, Landsborough and District Bowling Club, SM&W Rovers Netball Club, Ararat Fire Brigade, Ararat Juniors Fire Brigade, Ararat Mothers Day Classic, Ararat North Kinder Care, Ararat Emergency Relief Committee, Maroona Recreation Centre Committee, Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network, Ararat City Band, Stawell Riding for Disabled and Catholic Womens League Victoria.
Ararat Fire Brigade's Angela Stacpoole said the organisation is proud to be affiliated with the Ararat RSL and to be recognised with the $1,500 it has received.
The juniors received $500 for their efforts on ANZAC day to provide and set up chairs for the services.
The further $1,000 donated to the brigade will be put towards upgrading the junior training duroline hoses. The equipment is used to better prepare the juniors for performance during running competitions.
Ararat North Kinder Care which will expand its services from three to five days at the start of the next school year has also been the beneficiary of a $1,000 grant.
Rozanne Smith said the money will go a long way to providing the resources they will need for a recently renovated new room.
"It's fantastic and we are very grateful. When I applied I certainly didn't expect that much as we would have been grateful for any amount that enabled us to purchase the resources and learning materials that we need for the children."
Meagan O'Brien at Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network said the $500 they received will go towards a partnership they have with the Ararat College.
"This will help pay for the transportation of about 20 students to Melbourne in early 2014 to attend the prevent alcohol and risk related trauma in youth (PARTY) program ran by the Alfred Hospital," she said.