Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine
Andrew Katos South Barwon MLA
Vic Coalition Rewards Geelong For Meeting Fundraising Challenge
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government has rewarded the Geelong Community Foundation for its fundraising efforts with a $200,000 grant to go towards local projects that address areas of disadvantage.
Speaking at the Geelong Community Foundation’s grants reception Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine said the latest $200,000 was on top of the $100,000 already given to the Geelong Community Foundation.
“The Geelong Community Foundation quickly matched the $100,000 they had previously received through a terrific fundraising campaign and I am delighted to recognise this achievement by rewarding them with an additional $200,000.” Dr. Napthine said.
“This funding will allow the Geelong Community Foundation to support local programs and projects that address big challenges like low school retention rates, skills shortages and unemployment.
“Programs funded by the Foundation aim to benefit the most disadvantaged in the area and create stronger, more resilient communities. Dr. Napthine said.
Dr. Napthine congratulated the Geelong community and donors for their generosity and hard work.
“It is fantastic to see how local businesses have thrown their support behind the Geelong Community Foundation to help it meet its fundraising targets through holding a golf day and organising a dinner dance.” Dr. Napthine said.
“Together with the generous donations from residents, this is a great example of a community banding together and the Coalition Government is proud to support this initiative.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Geelong Community Foundation was one of eight community foundations across Victoria.
“Community foundations aim to create more prosperous local communities by raising money from local corporate, philanthropic, individual and government sources to support community projects and programs.” Mr. Ryan said.
“Foundations encourage local people, organisations and businesses to ‘give where they live’ and help build a long-term source of funds that will be invested in projects that strengthen the local community and enrich quality of life.”
Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos congratulated the Foundation and the broader community for their efforts.
“I commend the energy, enthusiasm and creativity with which the entire Geelong community has approached fundraising goals and they thoroughly deserve this $200,000 reward which will now be invested in the area.” Mr. Katos said.
Eight community foundations across Victoria have received an initial grant of $100,000 and five have already received a $200,000 bonus for matching this grant with their own fundraising.