The festival grant program is now open

Here for you: Grants are now available from the Strawberry Fields Music Festival in Tocumwal to support community organizations and programs. Pictured is the April 2022 event. Photo by Contribution

Applications are now open for the Strawberry Fields Local Community Grants Program, which funds projects in the Tocumwal community.

Funds from the grant pool come from a portion of every Strawberry Fields festival ticket sold with the goal of supporting small non-profit and community groups.

Organizers currently have $35,000 to award to a slew of projects, sourced from March and April proceeds from the Strawberry Fields Festival.

Grants are awarded based on the number of Berrigan Shire residents who will benefit, the level of community support and the overall quality of the application.

Since the program’s inception in 2016, it has donated more than $100,000 to community causes, including Tocumwal Public School, Biralee Preschool, Berrigan Football Club and Cancer Patients’ Assistance Society (Can Assist).

In 2018 and 2019, the event donated over $35,000 in grants to local causes.

Strawberry Fields festival director Tara Medina said she wanted to bring the program back to Berrigan Shire after a two-year hiatus.

“We are so excited to bring the grant program back to Berrigan Shire and to really share the benefits of the festival with as many locals as possible,” she said.

“These grants are intended to provide a much-needed boost to small, grassroots community organizations in particular, which often fall through the cracks when it comes to government funding and do not necessarily have the resources to coordinate regular fundraising.”

Festival organizers invite projects and groups in need of additional financial support to apply on the Strawberry Fields Local Community Grants webpage.

Applications close at midnight July 31 and all successful applicants will be contacted by the end of August.

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