Eight local organisations and schools in Ballarat and throughout the Pyrenees will benefit from Rainbow Serpent’s community grants after the festival announced recipients yesterday.
The annual scheme offers individuals and organisations a share of $15,000, raised from the sale of event programs every year, for projects having a positive impact on local communities.
Festival Director, Tim Harvey, said choosing the recipients from a field of over 50 was a difficult task with many high-quality submissions.
“There are so many amazing, community-driven projects in the area and we’re looking forward to helping many more in the future but this year’s projects were chosen for their potential to have significant, long-term benefits in the wider community,” said Mr Harvey.
Recipients include BREAZE’s One Dollar for One Watt program, Beaufort Scouts, Beaufort Apex Club, Ballarat Pride Hub, Ballarat Permaculture Guild, No Lights No Lycra and two projects supporting programs in eight different schools.
Brayden Dorney, Director of SJD Foundation in Ballarat, was overjoyed to receive news of a $2000 boost for the charity that provides non-perishable food and essential items to struggling local families.
“A $2000 donation makes such a profound difference to a small not-for-profit like ours where every cent will directly benefit a child or children in need.
“We’re so grateful the festival and their patrons support these community projects,” said Mr Dorney.
The festival has also announced it will begin an artist in residence program, starting this year, building a community art trail connecting townships in the Pyrenees Shire that begins with a new sculpture park in Beaufort.
“We’re working with the council to create a beautiful space for the community to not only connect with each other but also the visitors we hope it attracts to the region,” said Mr Harvey.
In 2017, the festival won the Neoen Grampians Pyrenees Business Award for Best Major Tourism Event.
The Rainbow Serpent Community Fund has been operating since 2013 and has helped fund 28 volunteer-run projects in the Ballarat and Pyrenees Shires.
Gates for the sold out 2018 festival open on 25 January with 15,000 people set to celebrate the long weekend in Lexton.