Shade Grant Funding Now Available

The Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, today urged organisations in Mitchell Shire to apply for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program to help provide shade in public areas.

Ms Green said the Andrews Labor Government has provided $10 million for shade development in public places to provide some much needed shade in areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds and schools.

“Eligible community organisations including sports clubs, local councils and not-for-profit community groups can apply for Community Shade Grants of up to $50,000 from a pool of $1.9 million to construct a new shade, purchase a portable shade, plant some natural shade, repair an existing shade, or any combination of the four,” Ms Green said.

“In addition, grants may be used to purchase hats and sunscreen, to further support community groups to be sun smart,” she said.

“We all love spending time outdoors, but it is important we are protecting ourselves from the sun, especially between September to April when UV levels are high,” Ms Green said.

“I would encourage all eligible community organisations in Mitchell Shire to apply for funding and help more people be sun smart,” she said.

“These grants will provide Mitchell Shire with more shaded areas so families can enjoy their time outdoors while being protected from the sun,” Ms Green said.

Applications for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program close on the 29th of September with grants to be awarded in early 2017.

To apply, visit http://health.vic.gov.au/community-shade-grants/