Our community heart

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is about so much more than great music.

Community is now and always has been at its heart. In the past 20 years alone, the Folkie has returned almost $3.5 million to the local community by way of grants.

Some of the more recent grants have included:

  • $750,000 for Moyne Health Services for its recently completed Primary Health Care Centre
  • $75,000 to the Port Fairy Cricket Club for an indoor training centre
  • $75,000 to the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club for a new training facility
  • $18,000 to the local indoor swimming pool, Belfast Aquatics, for solar panels.

There have been countless other smaller grants allocated to local clubs, groups and organisations, including the Friends of St Brigid’s, the Port Fairy Angling Club, a heritage boat project, Port Fairy Winter Weekends, the Men’s Shed, Tarrone Recreation Reserve, the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail, the Koroit Irish Festival and the local Cemetery Trust, to name just a few.

Beyond the twice yearly grants program, the Festival also provides significant support for local, not-for-profit organisations who help us bring the event together.

Payments are made to those organisations whose members volunteer their time to assist with such activities as venue cleaning, parking and crowd control, security and more.

In what we consider to be the ultimate ‘win-win’ situation, the Festival has contributed the following amounts to local clubs and groups over the past 20 years:

  • $502,000 for gate security, crowd control and venue cleaning
  • $824,000 for operation of the Shebeen Bar
  • $700,000 for marquee erection and dismantling
  • $321,000 for venue hire for the popular community program.

It’s our way of giving back to the wonderful community of Port Fairy that each year opens its streets, venues and hearts to people from all around the globe for the annual Folkie.

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