Event funding grants open to community

Festival go-ers from a previous Maylands Street Festival
Festival go-ers from a previous Maylands Street Festival

COMMUNITY groups and businesses can now apply for major and small event funding from the City of Bayswater.

Applications are open for the Community Events Grant and Major Town Centre Event Grant.

Successful applicants will share $38,000 in funding.

The Community Events Grant is open to businesses and community groups to run events such as a family fun day, multicultural concert or street market.

The Major Town Centre Event funding is for larger-scale events that attract more than 2000 people in one of the town centres in Morley, Maylands, Bayswater and Noranda.

Mayor Dan Bull said the council recognised the importance of locally-run events which activated public spaces and built community pride.

“The City has already helped fund number of successful community-run events this year, including the Tiny Sparks World Prematurity event, Noranda Vibes Christmas Concert and Maylands Street Festival,” he said.

“There is so much passion and creativity in our community and I hope this funding helps more great ideas get off the ground.”

This year’s Tiny Sparks event.

Tiny Sparks board member Brett Fowler urged other groups to apply for the grants after his organisation held a successful family fun day to recognise World Prematurity Day in November.

“For 2019, we approximately doubled our attendance on the day, which meant we connected more families to Tiny Sparks and other organisations,” he said.

“We are really grateful not only for the grant funding, but the continued support that City of Bayswater has shown to Tiny Sparks over the last two years.

“If anyone has experienced the uncertainty and challenges surrounding premature and high risk pregnancies, we would encourage them to reach out to Tiny Sparks and our wonderful community.”

He said Tiny Sparks were planning for another family fun day in 2020.

Applications close on January 10.

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