$200,000 “bonus” for Geelong Community Foundation

Dr Denis Napthine Minister for Regional Cities announced that the Foundation is the recipient of a $300,000 state government grant.

In addition to the Foundation’s private and company donors, in 2010 the Victorian government granted $100,000 with a promise of a further $200,000 if the Foundation could raise $100,000 through its own fundraising. With the proceeds from the successful Adroit corporate golf day and a gala fundraiser dinner, the target was soon reached.

“The Geelong Community Foundation has met the government’s challenge, and I am delighted to announce this bonus $200,000 funding,” Dr Napthine said. “From its funding pool, in turn, the Foundation supports local programs and projects which address big local challenges like low retention rates, skills shortages and unemployment,” he said.

Dr Napthine congratulated the local community and donors for their generosity and hard work. “Local businesses have swung in to marshall fundraising efforts through your Golf Day, and many in the local community danced the night away at your fundraising dinner dance. And there have been generous donations from local residents and businesses too,” he said.

“The Geelong Community Foundation is extremely grateful to the Victorian government for the $300,000 grant which will be used to focus on programs in Corio, Norlane and Whittington” Mrs Lawrence said.