SIX community groups have had their project funding matched dollar for dollar in the Shire of Mundaring’s latest Matching Grant round.
Shire President John Daw said the grants were offered twice a year subject to financial availability.
“The Matching Grant program awards grants up to a maximum of $2000 to groups whose projects meet the needs of the local community,” he said.
“Successful recipients are then required to match exactly the grant awarded by the Shire, so that the grant makes up 50 per cent of the project’s total funding.
“It’s an excellent way to help community groups acquire new equipment, undertake training and repair or update existing facilities.”
Hills Raiders Basketball Association treasurer Natalie Massam said the Shire’s grant of $1300 would enable the association to carry out administrative functions more efficiently.
“Purchasing two new laptops, software and equipment will allow the association’s secretary and treasurer to fulfil their duties in a more effective and streamlined manner,” she said.
“Previously committee members used their own computers to complete their duties. By having laptops available for each role, the information will stay with each laptop, enabling information to be shared and stored for better communication and ease of access.”
Glen Forrest Primary School P&C president Sharon Hillman said its $2000 grant had enabled the group to buy an oven for the school canteen.
“The school canteen was struggling with an old, domestic oven, which broke often,” she said.
“This new, fit-for-purpose commercial oven allows for better quality food to be prepared in a much shorter time.”
Since its installation the $4000 oven has enabled canteen staff to prepare a greater variety of baked goods for students.
“The oven is more reliable and overall it means the canteen can provide a better service to students and the school community,” Ms Hillman said.
“An added benefit is that when community events are run at the school we can better meet any additional catering needs.
“The Glen Forrest Primary School P&C fundraises every dollar it gets, which can be really hard work. Without community grants like the Shire’s Matching Grant, we just wouldn’t be able to make our fundraised dollars stretch far.”