Community Funding GRANT PROGRAM

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE 'COMMUNITY FUNDING GRANT PROGRAM’.

Annually the Shire of Merredin makes an allocation in it's Annual Budget to provide funding to community groups for a variety of projects. Around late January the Shire has an open period until 31 March where it accepts applications for funding for these projects. 

To apply, your group needs to be based in the Shire of Merredin and you need to be either an incorporated body or to be auspiced by an incorporated organisation. You can apply for funding for just about anything. For example: for infrastructure, events, equipment or activities. You just need to be able to show the Shire of Merredin how the community (or a significant sector of the community) will benefit from the funding. 

Examples of previous projects that funding was allocated for include the installation of CCTV at the Merredin Military Museum, funding for 2018 events including the International Woman's Day Luncheon (Wheatbelt Events Committee), Art Exhibit (Merredin Fine Arts Society), Merredin Sports Awards (Merredin Sports Council) and the Merredin Show (Merredin & Districts Agricultural Society) as well as funding towards specialised Volleyball program at Merredin College.

For further information please contact Kellie Bartley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 9041 1611 or email dceo@merredin.wa.gov.au


ERIC HIND MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE 'ERIC HIND MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP’.
This annual music scholarship is awarded to a young talented music student to the value of $1,000. It is awarded by the Shire of Merredin and named in honour of Mr Eric Hind as recognition and acknowledgement for his contribution to the Shire as a Councillor and his accomplishments as a violinist.
 
Applicants must be aged 7 – 20 years and be a music student. An applicant must reside in Merredin or alternatively, they may be a boarding school student who has previously being a student at Merredin College or St Mary’s Primary School.
 
Eric Hind was born in Nottingham in England in 1901. He migrated to Western Australia in 1926 and came immediately to the Wheatbelt. In 1928 he took up farming land at Burracoppin and so commenced a lifetime of interest in the Burracoppin Area.
 
During the Second World War Eric enlisted in the R.A.A.F and served overseas.
 
In 1953 he was elected to the then Merredin Road Board and continued to represent the people of Burracoppin on the Merredin Shire Council until his retirement in 1989.
 
After 36 years of service on the Road Board and Shire Council, the Merredin Shire Council presented Eric with a long service award and made him a Freeman of the Shire. In 1990 he received the Order of Australia for services to the community.
 
Eric Hind was an accomplished violinist who had gained his A.L.C.M (Eng) diploma before leaving England. As an active member of the Merredin Musical Society and Concert Orchestra of the day, Eric was much sought after as a violinist and was willing to perform at any function if possible. Eric also served on the local WA Symphony Orchestra Committee and was instrumental in getting many concerts in Merredin over a number of years.
 
In his honour, the Merredin Shire Council offers a music scholarship to the value of $1000.
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