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Community Grants

An opportunity for local organisations working on a project or event to access one of three $5,000 community grants


2018 Voting Closed

Our Community Grants Program for 2018/19 is now closed. A big thank you to all participants this year. Details and dates for the 2019/20 program will be released here mid-2019.

Once again we have to thank all our amazing local organisations, groups, projects and teams for participating in our Community Grants applications for 2018/19. We received over 85 eligible applications from all across the Northern Rivers and together they promoted their causes to the public, attracting over 6,000 in-branch and online votes.

Each applicant has their own unique missions to improve our communities in one way or another, from educating and supporting our children to saving lives and fighting the good fight on sustainability issues. Whilst there are so many deserving causes, we had to decide on three to receive this year’s Community Grants based on the strength of their applications and an ability to show community support.

 The Recipients for 2018/19 are:

  • Fergus and Delilah
    Author Erin Knutt and Illustrator Misa Alexander along with an Auslan Interpreter, will be using the children’s book ‘Fergus & Delilah’ to teach about differences, disabilities and diversity to students of local primary schools. Children will be encouraged to think about the different people they know in their lives, what makes them different, what makes them special. The session will have students thinking (and dancing) differently, brainstorming about disability and working together to create stories and pictures of inclusion and belonging for all children. Schools will receive a copy of the Fergus & Delilah book along with teaching resources, a Fergus Doll and Inclusion diary to use to promote inclusion.
  • Tweed District Rescue Squad
    Tweed District Rescue Squad (TDRS) has seen a significant increase in rescues from Mt Wollumbin since the 2017 floods. The track has degraded in such a way that many climbers are suffering leg, and ankle related trauma. TDRS will be using their Community Grant to buy a Ferno Mule, which will allow their crew to wheel patients off the mountain.
  • Ballina Public School
    1 in 7 students in Australia arrives at school without breakfast. There’s more than 50 years of scientific evidence supporting the role of breakfast and better brain function in children, with the latest science linking breakfast with improved numeracy and literacy skills. The Ballina Public School Breakfast Club provides breakfast to between 50-100 students every weekday of term with many of their students coming from low income families, including families currently residing in temporary accommodation. Alongside other local donations, their Community Grant will enable the Breakfast Club to provide food for the next two years.

Through our Community Grants initiative we provide funding for organisations working on a project or event that benefits our local communities in one of the following areas:

Art and culture
Initiatives related to the celebration, preservation or ongoing impact of arts, cultural and heritage projects in the Northern Rivers and Tweed region. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community arts projects, restoration of items or areas with historical or cultural significance, performances.

Initiatives that support imparting information or knowledge, skill sharing or improve delivery of teaching and education services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as teaching aides and resources, reading programs, creating access and opportunities to engage in education.

Sport and recreation
Initiatives providing sport and recreational benefit to the wider community. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as shade for events, sporting equipment, uniforms, upgrading facilities, first aid equipment, tournaments, and training programs.

Initiatives that focus on building awareness, preservation, engagement with and/or sustainability of the natural environment. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community gardens, sustainability education, restoration or care of ecosystems.

Health and well-being
Improving community access to health and well-being services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities for youth groups, mentoring programs, community health services, health education, training and development programs.

  • Tweed District Rescue Squad - New Lifesaving Equipment
    As a volunteer responder to rescue situations, many people wouldn't hear about the critical work that TDRS do until they, or someone they know, experiences it first hand. Their Community Grant was used to purchase two Automatic External Defibrillators to help in instances of cardiac arrest.
  • Future Dreamers - Summer Holiday Program
    Future Dreamers is an inspiration hub championing positive futures for girls and young women 12-25 years old. They offer a range of engaging and uplifting workshops that encourage personal development, social connection and educational/vocational support. Each school holidays, Future Dreamers put on a variety of workshops and activities for girls, so they can enjoy themselves in a relaxed and nurturing environment whilst experiencing something new. In 2017/18 we were pleased to be able to help fund their Summer Holiday Program.
  • Enova Community - Repower Byron Shire Project
    Enova Community is the not-for-profit arm of Enova Community Energy Ltd, a social enterprise creating energy aware communities in NSW to protect the natural environment and lower energy costs for the welfare of all. Their Community Grant will be used to help drive the 2018 Repower Byron Shire Project which aims to engage, educate, inspire and empower ten street communities (100 households) in Mullumbimby, to take control of their energy use and commit to using 100% renewable energy.
  • Liberation Larder - Byron Festival Food Rescue Project
    Each year, tonnes of food from local festivals and events go to waste. Liberation Larder's Byron Festival Food Waste Project saves more than 10 tonnes of food from local events including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass and Bluesfest. The rescued food is then redistributed to the homeless and families and individuals in need.
  • Community Owned Renewable Enerfy Mullumbimby (COREM) - Brunswick Valley Rescue Solar Project
    COREM is a not for profit community action group dedicated to setting up community-owned renewable energy projects in the Mullumbimby area, in the pursuit and promotion of a 100% renewable energy future for the region. COREM used the Community Grant to support one of their initiatives to install solar panels on the Brunswick Valley Rescue building, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5 tonnes and contributing to COREM's revolving energy fund which will support future projects.
  • Big Scrub Orchestra - Big Scrub Rainforest Day
    The Big Scrub Orchestra provides dynamic arts education for local students at the rurally located Dunoon and Whian Whian Public Schools. Students at these schools have limited access to specialised creative arts teachers and programs. The children participate in creative workshops including song writing workshops, composing music and performance, culminating in the recording of a song and the Big Scrub Orchestra performing at the Big Scrub Rainforest Day.
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