FROM bee hotels, bird boxes, and edible plants, to IT hardware, essential building upgrades, and sporting equipment, the latest round of Richmond Valley Council’s community grants program has delivered in spades for the Valley’s volunteer clubs and organisations.
Council allocated a total of $75,000 in the 2019-2020 financial year for its Community Financial Assistance Program, which was delivered over two funding rounds.
Under the second round, which was advertised in March, 14 local organisations were awarded grants totalling $38,850.
Recipients included not-for-profit pre-schools, art groups, wildlife trusts, sporting clubs, scout clubs, and community halls and associations.
The grants are valued at between $770 and $5000 and will support a variety of maintenance, upgrade projects and equipment to support the organisations’ growth and ongoing operation.
Examples include $4950 for the Fairy Hill Hall Committee to upgrade hall wiring and install new lighting, switches, and fans, $3500 for the Evans Head Recreation Hall Committee for block-out curtains for use with a new projector, $1000 for the Broadwater Koala Reserve Trust to build and install nesting boxes and native bee hotels, and $4626 for Casino’s Own Wireless Association to establish a second studio.
Council also allocated $5000 for the Coraki CWA Preschool to buy child-friendly kitchen appliances, and $1191 for the 2nd Casino Scout Group to purchase camping equipment and flotation devices for canoeing.
Sporting clubs to receive funding included the Casino Netball Association, which received $3210 to install a new roller door and security grate for its canteen, the Woodburn Amateur Boxing Club, granted $770 to complete the painting of its club building, as well the Casino District Cricket Association which received $3465 for a new cricket cover.
Richmond Valley Council General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the Community Financial Assistance Program played an important role in supporting the many non-profit organisations across the Valley.
“The Richmond Valley has a huge range of volunteer groups and each one of them creates positive outcomes for their members and the wider community,” Mr Macdonald said.
“Council’s community grants program provides an important source of funding for these local groups to improve their assets and support their future operation and growth.
“Council welcomes any community organisation which has an important project on its agenda to submit an application for the grants program.
“While Council cannot guarantee every application is successful due to the interest in this program, there are two rounds each year so there will always be another opportunity in a few months’ time.
“Council also provides advice to ensure, where possible, applications meet the eligibility criteria.”
The full list of recipients is below:
- Bentley Community Preschool – $2840 – insulate hall preschool room to support air-conditioning for children and staff
- Broadwater Koala Reserve Trust – $1000 – build and install 10 nesting boxes and 10 native bee hotels to support local fauna
- Casino Art Group – $4163 – repair floor and walls and install panels on internal walls to facilitate hanging of art
- Casino District Cricket Association – $3465 – replace tarp style cricket cover
- Casino Netball Association – $3210 – install a new roller door and crime safe security grate for canteen window
- Casino Open Edible Garden – $1250 – plant edible fruit trees, and purchase garden shed and hand tools
- Casino RSM Youth Club – $1833 – purchase new canvas mat for boxing ring
- Casino Vision Impaired Local Client Support Group – $780 – purchase A3 printer and laminator to print materials for vision impaired clients
- Casino’s Own Wireless Association – $4626 – Purchase IT equipment to establish a second studio with computer music library
- Coraki CWA Preschool – $5000 – Update old kitchen appliances with child friendly appliances in the preschool kitchen
- Evans Head Recreation Hall Committee – $3500 – purchase block out curtains for the hall for use with new projector
- Fairy Hill Hall Committee – $4950 – upgrade hall wiring and install new LED lighting, switches and ceiling fans
- 2nd Casino Scout Group – $1191 – purchase storage cases and tables for camps and PFDs for canoeing
- Woodburn Amateur Boxing Club – $770 – finish painting the remaining gable, eve, and fascia, as well as two doors