In an email today we were advised by Sally Chadwick at the Bendigo Bank. that we have been successful in our grant application for some significant funding help from Bendigo Bank.
This was fantastic news and will make a huge difference to both our working environment, and the materials we have available to preserve the history of our area. The grant was for $3685.00 and will pay for new holland blinds in both the Schoolhouse building and the Courier newspaper office. The blinds will replace old cotton blinds that we made ourselves about 20 years ago, and which are now starting to fall apart. New blinds will give our museum a real lift, and make for a more pleasant experience for volunteers and visitors alike.
Also in the grant is money to purchase archival folders and containers for the safe storage of historic photographs, documents and newspapers.
These items are usually considered "consumables", and therefore nor eligible for grant applications. We were very grateful that Bendigo Bank understood our argument that these things are not consumed, but last at least as long as their contents. They are expensive to buy and we normally have to work hard to raise the money to buy them.
Bendigo Bank has supported Broadford Historical Society and many other community groups since their arrival in this area.
We applaud the bank's contribution to our group and to our community. We hope the community in turn responds by supporting the bank.