The forestry industry plays a key role in building and supporting rural and regional communities through its business activities and by sponsoring local community events and activities.
VicForests assists organisations that contribute to the wellbeing of local communities by providing grants of up to $2000 to charity groups, sporting groups, educational and community groups located across Central and East Gippsland. Examples of the type of initiatives VicForests supports include local community festivals, the re-establishment of gardens affected by the Black Saturday bushfires and outside broadcast equipment for a community radio station.
The Community Support Program has provided more than $350,000 in grants and funding to over 200 community groups or organisations as well as key partnerships with local organisations, groups and clubs to provide longer-term support through VicForests Community Partnerships.
In 2018, VicForests announced 34 community groups or organisations would receive funding under the Community Support Support including 18 community projects across Central and East Victoria and the renewal of 16 Community Partnerships providing longer-term support for vital community events and services.
VicForests' Community Support Program continues to support local communities across regional and rural Victoria providing funding for a range of projects and services.
VicForests Community Support Program 2018 recipients:
Clombinane Community Action group
Expansion of garden project
Benambra Neighbourhood House
Community Christmas event
Garden upgrade project
Healesville Junior Football team
Volunteer training and support
Healesville Netball Association
Mansfield Historical Society
Update display and exhibits
MDC Walk All Over breast cancer
Community awareness walk and event
Threatened Species Mural
Mitchell Community Radio
Omeo & District Agricultural & Pastoral Society Inc
Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association Inc
Riverside beautification project
Buchan Neighbourhood House
Community garden project
Orbost Hockey Club
Uniting - Orbost Early Education Centre
Safety gear for excursions
Patchwork Collections Yarra Valley Inc
Wool and quilt materials
Yarram Agricultural Society
Warburton Fire Brigade (CFA)
First Aid training
VicForests Community Support Program – Renewed Community Partnerships