Groups share in $100k of community bank grants

Successful recipients of a Bendigo Bank grant program were presented with cheques at the Avoca District Co-operative Limited annual general meeting this week.

Twenty nine local organisations will be sharing in $100,000 worth of grants thanks to a community bank grant program.

Organisations from the Maryborough, Avoca and St Arnaud regions secured the funds through the bank’s BUILD100 Community Grant Program, with successful applicants announced at the Avoca District Co-operative Limited annual general meeting on Tuesday.

Maryborough District Health Service received a huge $25,000 boost towards its portable classroom and CEO Terry Welch said it will be a big help for the health service’s Diploma of Nursing students.

“The classroom we’ve built needs to be fitted out with equipment for learning and teaching and we wanted it to be state of the art. This grant will go towards that,” he said.

“We’ve had issues with either having a room that’s too big or too small for the students, so now we’ve built an ideal size room which will accommodate 30 students in a contemporary learning space.

“Having that enables us to be able to expand our program, we’re already looking to 2020 and what we can offer locally for students and community members to train and develop them. It couldn’t happen without Bendigo Bank and we’re extremely appreciative of them.”

The Maryborough District Highland Pipe Band also shared in the funding, taking home $5595 which president Sharon Hare said was an exciting moment.

“We’re thrilled, we were all really ecstatic to get this grant,” she said.

“It’s really hard to get grants so we’ve been holding our breath and hoping we’d get it.”\

Chairperson of the co-operative, Lloyd Gollop said while the group has carried out many grant programs over the last 20 years, this is the largest amount of money they’ve released in one round of funding.

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