ARARAT - Ararat Rural City Council currently has a number of grant applications awaiting decision including grants for projects to redevelop the Pomonal Hall and community precinct, install a war memorial and projects at Alexandra Oval.
A decision on a $300,000 Putting Locals First grant application through the department of State Development Business and Innovation for redevelopment of the Pomonal Community Precinct is on hold pending design stage completion, while a $500,000 Putting Locals First grant application through Regional Development Victoria for the Pomonal Hall Redevelopment is it at expression of interest stage.
The final decision on a grant application, in partnership with the Ararat RSL, for the installation of a World War Two memorial between the Ararat RSL and the rose garden is now at the Federal level.
The $10,976 grant is through the Anzac Centenary Local Grant Program.
A project proposal has been submitted to Sport and Recreation Victoria through the Community Facility Funding program for Stage 2 of the Leaps and Bounds Project, which will involve installing outdoor exercise equipment in rural townships. The grant is for $60,000 with Council contributing $30,000.
Council has also submitted a project proposal under the same program for stage one of the Ararat Aquatic Centre (Ararat YCMA) upgrade of $100,000, with Council contributing $50,000, as well as proposals for a $40,000 grant to install cricket training nets at Alexandra Oval ($20,000 from Council) and a proposal for a $30,000 grant ($30,000 from council) for a sporting infrastructure needs analysis and existing conditions audit,where specific data will be collated on sporting needs as well as lighting, accessibility and ground conditions.
CEO Andrew Evans outlined which grants would be used for projects in the budget
"The Leaps and Bounds grant, our contribution is $30,000 and is within the allowance in the current budget," he said.
Mr Evans said Council would not receive notification of the monies allocated in the remaining Sport and Recreation grant applications until this time next year.
"If we are successful there will be money in the current budget in reserves," he said.