Welcome to our Newsletter for DECEMBER 2021
This Community Newsletter provides information on:
  • Grants; 
  • Resources;   
  • Best practice; and 
  • Community and Club Events. 
Its purpose is to inform and unify our communities to become inclusive, vibrant, and healthy, and provide information on available grants, local community and club events. You are welcome to share this information onwards. 
In this Issue
Gingin Community Bank Celebrates its 4th WA Bendigo Bank of the Year Award (in a row)!

On 23 November 2021, staff at Gingin Community Bank received some well deserved recognition from Bendigo Adelaide Bank State Manager, Joe Faraone, for being the the Best Performing Bendigo Bank in WA for the fourth year in a row.

Gingin Community Bank Chairman, David Roe, said that receiving this award four years in a row is no accident and reflects strongly of the leadership of Branch Manager Christian Kelly and the dedicated team that he has developed around him. David went on to say that he and his fellow volunteer Directors could not be prouder of the $3.1m contribution that the Gingin and Lancelin Community Banks have made to the Gingin Community over its 20 years of operations, none of which would have been possible without its dedicated staff and exceptional community support.

Council and the Shire would like to congratulate Bendigo Bank on its achievement and also on reaching its momentous 20 year milestone. The bank has worked hand in hand with the community and the Shire these past 2 decades to help deliver community facilities and events to many of our Shire’s towns. The legacy they will leave on our communities is a real credit to the staff at Bendigo Bank.
Did You Know?

The National Young Leaders Day
Perth Convention Exhibition Centre - 4th March 2022
Once in a lifetime experience for students to meet their heroes and role models. The National Young Leaders Day is Australia's largest gathering of young leaders and it is an annual event on the calendar of thousands of schools. It provides a unique opportunity for students to gather at world-class event venues to hear some of Australia’s most high profile people share insights from their own leadership journey.  Register here.

Tips & Resources
Exercise is medicine and doctors should be prescribing it
We all want the quick fix: the miracle diet, cosmetic surgery, or the pill over the slow (but effective) lifestyle change. Exercise has been shown to give both immediate benefits as well as long-term benefits for our health. The short-term effect on mental health is something we can all recognise and appreciate.  Emergency Doctor, Ash Bowden, thinks it’s this immediate effect that can help us utilise exercise as a fundamental treatment for a whole range of ailments. Click here to view more about this article. 
Secret Santa Generator
Tired of drawing names out of a hat and not knowing what to get? Click here to check out this app that generates wish lists and makes it easier for you to organise your wish lists.
How can I help someone who is feeling lonely?
Given loneliness is an epidemic, even if you aren’t experiencing loneliness yourself, chances are you may know of someone who is, or suspect someone could be. Click here to find out ways to help someone feeling lonely. Remember: you are not alone.
Stay On Your Feet® resources & information
Stay On Your Feet®, which is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health, is a WA based falls prevention program which aims to help older adults within the community to stay active and independent.

Stay On Your Feet® resources such as fact sheets and brochures can be downloaded  here or ordered free of charge at Quickmail. Resources include strength and balance exercise flyers, booklets on healthy eating with included recipes, and fact sheets on how to get up off the floor after a fall. Translated Stay On Your Feet® information is also available for culturally and linguistically diverse older adults.
Stay On Your Feet® has a range of videos on YouTube, as well as Promotional Displays that can be ordered online. They have an online learning module "Move Your Body" that community members can complete here.
The Stay On Your Feet® website also contains a directory of services to help connect people with exercise classes which are local to them and can help them prevent falls. The eDirectory can be accessed here.
Want To Receive Harvest and Vehicle Ban Notifications?
To receive Harvest/ Vehicle movement ban notifications via an SMS, please register your details here
State Library free e-resources
Bestselling ebooks and e-audiobooks are now available from BorrowBox.

BorrowBox enables library members to borrow, download and enjoy ebooks and e-audiobooks for limited periods through digital loans.

Designed and powered by Bolinda Digital, BorrowBox is available now from the App Store and Google Play - install it on all your mobile devices for free.   
An effective way to express yourself
If you have ever wanted to find better ways to express yourself, click here to view this handy fact sheet!
Christmas crafts for kids 
Keep the kids busy with this great Christmas craft activity. Click here to download.
Roll up for WA Covid-19 Vaccination 
Click here to find out where you can get vaccinated.
Child Safety
If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call Police on 000.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, and you are unsure which service to contact, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Both are available from anywhere in Australia 24 hours a day (toll free) and provide generalist crisis counselling, information and referral services.

If you need to report an incident of child abuse or neglect, refer to this resource for Reporting Abuse and Neglect: Information 


The complete Christmas checklist for an organized holiday season 
Preparing for Christmas early is a savvy way of avoiding stress and chaos in the December holiday frenzy. Click here to download to download a free template to help you get started.  
Grants & Opportunities
Culture, Heritage and Arts Tourism to be Boosted in Regional Australia
The $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program is now open. The program will support community cultural, heritage and arts organisations in regional Australia to continue their important work, and to re-engage with their local communities as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Further information about the program can be found here.
Regional Arts WA 
Applications are now open to the Regional Arts Fund's Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program, for regional arts organisations, local governments, and artists to promote and develop cultural events for tourists across regional WA. 

There are four types of grants available now through Regional Arts WA:
  • Flash Marketing Campaign | $2,500
  • Targeted Marketing Campaign | $10,000
  • Experience Initiative | $10,000
  • Partnership Initiative | $15,00
Further information about the program can be found here.
Department of Communities 
The COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants Program aims to support community initiatives that assist young people during the recovery phase of this pandemic.
Funding of up to $5,000 is available for one-off activities or initiatives with a duration of up to six months involving one or more partners and that contribute to the achievement of program objectives. Funding of up to $10,000 is available for longer term (over six months), community-wide strategic initiatives involving a wide range of partners and that contribute to the achievement of the program objectives. 

Closing date for COVID-19 Youth Recovery is 20 January 2022. 

Further information about the program can be found here
Macca's Junior Sports Grants 
Macca's Junior Sports Grants aims to increase participation in junior sports and encourage the habit of a healthy lifestyle amongst young West Australians living in our regional communities where access to funding is harder to come by.

Macca's Junior Sports provides grants to clubs or groups within regional Western Australia to provide basic sporting infrastructure for a club or sporting group for an activity which is likely to encourage kids to participate in sport.

Further information about the program can be found here
Healthy Research Program - Exploratory Research Grants
These grants support exploratory or formative studies to address gaps in health promotion research, demonstrating the potential to influence health promotion in WA.

Applicants are encouraged to focus on at least one of Healthway's strategic priorities; increasing healthy eating, increasing physical activity, improving mental health, preventing harm from alcohol, creating a smoke-free WA, and Aboriginal health. Healthway's funding is prioritised to their strategic areas however they will accept applications that address other health promotion related issues.

Further information about the program can be found here
Healthy Communities Program
Healthy Communities Program funds a range of health promotion activities and campaigns to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles for all Western Australians. Applications for innovative, sustainable health promotion projects that reach target groups outlined in their strategic plan are strongly encouraged. 

Healthway objectives:

  • Fund activities related to the promotion of good health in general and aligned with Healthway's strategic priorities and population groups
  • Support projects that aim to increase individual knowledge and skills, change behaviour, and create community and organisational policies and environments to improve health.
Further information about the program can be found here.
TENNIS WA - SunSmart Club Grant Funding 
This initiative supports Western Australian metropolitan and regional tennis clubs in coordinating and delivering an event that invites the local community into the club.

A key focus of this program is to engage with clubs and encourage them to provide accessible, healthy, welcoming environments, which are thriving community hubs that people to visit. By making tennis more accessible, Tennis WA aims to contribute to the growth in tennis participation at local clubs.

Further information about the program can be found here.
Lotterywest Grassroots Community-Led Grants
These grant support Western Australian organisations and the community to contribute towards making your community better and healthier.

Lotterywest is keen to support your ideas that contribute towards building a better and healthier WA and which align to one of their Community Investment Framework priority areas.

Priority areas are:
- Inclusive thriving community
- Connected cultural experiences
- Protected sustainable eco-systems
- Smart innovative society
- Active healthy people.

Further information about the program can be found here.
Community Grants Program - Festivals
This program funds public events that provide a range of cultural experiences and activities that celebrate the cultural identity of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in WA. The festival must be free or low cost, delivered as a singular or contained event, and able to attract participation and attendance of the broader community.

Further information about the program can be found here.
Youth Week WA 2022 Grant Program 
Funding of up to $1,000 for individual events and up to $3,000 for collaborative community-wide events will be available for eligible organisations to host an event during Youth Week WA 2022, 8-16 April 2022.

Closing date for Youth Week WA 2022 applications is 23 December 2021. Please note, late submissions will not be accepted.

Further information about the program can be found here.

Grants Directories
WA Grants Directory
Australian Government GrantConnect
Not For Profit Law
New to a board or committee? An introduction to your role
The Not-For-Profit Law fact sheet on the role of board or committee of management members has been prepared to help new board members understand their roles, so they can contribute effectively to the successful running of their organisation from day one. 
Help for your not-for-profit - Find out about the tools and services to have to help you manage your not-for-profit's tax and super affairs.
Working With Children Checks 
As a current WWC Card holder you have responsibilities and obligations under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. Click here to familiarise yourself with them. 
Olivia Forbes
Community Development Officer
Direct Tel: (08) 9575 5176
Amy Gibbs
Community Events & Services Officer
Direct Tel: (08) 9575 5162
Disclaimer - The Shire of Gingin does not endorse any other website and the information contained herein is not intended to be a source of advice or credit analysis with respect to the material presented and the information and/or documents contained in this newsletter do not constitute investment advice. 
In relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the information contained in this publication is generic and should not replace professional advice concerning individual circumstances. The pandemic continues to evolve rapidly and the accuracy of the information contained in this newsletter cannot be guaranteed should the situation have changed following the date of issue for this newsletter.
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