Council awards thousands through annual grant programs

Published on 28 September 2022

Events Update

Indigo Shire Council has awarded more than $40,000 to community event and tourism event organisers through its annual Tourism Events and Community Events grant programs.

Eight recipients will share in a total of $30,000 through Council’s 2022-2023 Tourism Event Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to local event organisers to support the development of events that will increase visitation to the Shire.

The funding will support a number of events across the Shire including Rutherglen’s Australian National Busking Competition, the 2023 Drag’d Out Festival in Beechworth, the upcoming “Let me be myself” Anne Frank exhibition, and the Chiltern Four Seasons Community Market. 

An additional $15,000 in funding has been awarded to 16 recipients through the Community Events Grant program, which supports events that encourage local participation, celebrates the communities of Indigo and focuses on social inclusion and community wellbeing.

Community events in Barnawartha, Beechworth, Chiltern, Kergunyah, Kiewa-Tangambalanga, Rutherglen, Wooragee and Yackandandah are all set for a funding boost, with grants ranging from $450 to $1500.

Cathy Eames, from the Barnawartha Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee, was thrilled to be announced as one of the successful recipients, receiving $1,000 in funding for the hall's Centenary Ball.

"The committee is extremely grateful for the contribution to our Centenary Ball, on 8 October 2022, as it reduces the personal expense and time in the process.  Our members are committed and feel a sense of duty to have the building preserved as a historical asset for the community and financial support from our Council is the ‘icing on the cake’ for our special event," Cathy said.

A small number of unsuccessful applications for both grant streams will be provided with alternative funding suggestions, where relevant, and support from Council’s Community Development Team.


Tourism Event Grant Program  
Applicant Funding Allocated 
Scout Studio - Let me be myself - Anne Frank Exhibition $2,300
Empire Hotel & Nicholas Hotel - Drag'd Out 2023 $6,000
Hotel Nicholas - Beechworth Celtic Festival $4,000
Winterwords Autonomous Collective - Winterwords 2023 $2,300
Destination Rutherglen - Australian National Busking Competition $5,000
BMF Productions - Spring Ditch 2023 $6,000
Old Stone Hall - Art Walks $3,200
Chiltern Tourism Development Inc - Chiltern Four Seasons Community Market $1,200
Total $30,000


Community Events Grant Program  
Applicant Funding Allocated 
Barnawartha Soldiers Memorial Hall Inc - Centenary Ball $1,000
Beechworth Community Christmas Working Party - Community Christmas Lunch $1,500
Beechworth Food Co-op - Patch to Patch $1,000
Beechworth Football & Netball Club - Community Easter Fun Run $1,500
Beechworth Theatre Company - Performances of the Play Cosi $1,000
Black Dog Creek Fishing Club - Family Fun Fish Day $600
Chiltern Tourism and Development Inc - Christmas Street Party $500
Kergunyah Hall Committee of Management - Family Bush Dance $1000
Kergunyah Streamside Reserve Committee of Management - Lantern Making with Solar Tips $800
Kiewa Tangambalanga Community Carols - Christmas Carols $1,500
Kiewa Valley Community Garden - Community Gardening Weekend $600
Quercus Beechworth - Christmas Market $800
Rutherglen Historical Society - 150th Anniversary Community Celebration $450
Wooragee Landcare - Volunteer and Social Group Gathering $500
Yackandandah's Women's Shed - Community Christmas Fair $750
Yackandandah Lions Club - Community Comeback Event $1,500
Total $15,000



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