The Clarence Valley ClubGRANTS Committee have finalised their 2015/2016 community donations with over $75,000 of funding distributed to worthy organisations in and around the Clarence either through the Committee or from donations directly from Clubs.
There was a healthy response from a wide range of applicants this year which indicated to the Committee that the community are looking to improve the lifestyle and health of our local residences.
Funds were drawn from the Grafton District Services Club, the Yamba Bowling Club, the Yamba Golf Club and the Maclean and District Bowling Club. Those Community organisations who missed out this year should not be discouraged from applying in the next round of grants which commences in March 2017 through the Smarty Grants links on each Clubs website.
The Clarence Valley ClubGRANTS Committee work in conjunction with the Clarence Valley Council and Family and Community Services to prioritise funding applications which ensures that funds are appropriated to the neediest. The Committee constantly reviews their charter to maintain an informed and impartial approach to the funding process and that decisions are made within the Governments guidelines.
Since the scheme began, NSW clubs have given more than $1 billion to recipients such as Surf Life Saving, Westpac Helirescue, Hospital Auxiliaries and Womens Refuge, Youth Driver Awareness and Legacy.
ClubGRANTS funding is available to community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW. Approximately 500 clubs voluntarily allocate funds to the scheme.
Funding is available under three separate categories: Category 1: Supports community welfare and social services; community development; employment assistance activities; community health services; and projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.
Category 2: Provides funding for general community development and support activities, such as junior sport.
Category 3: A state wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects.