Christopher Dean from the NRCF with grant recipient BUDDI Team Leader Nicqui Yazdi and Luke Karmen
MORE than $30,000 in grants to local groups was given out by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) in Byron Bay last night.
Thirteen community-based organisations from Mullumbimby to Casino will share the money, which will take the amount distributed by the NRCF to $270,000 since its inception in 2004.
Those organisations receiving grants this year include:
Uniting Care Casino for their program of having volunteers drive elderly patients to out-of-town radiology or other medical appointments.
INTRA / The Buttery for its outreach program encouraging Aboriginal elders to teach weaving and life skills to Aboriginal youth.
Lifeline for professional development training for staff in suicide prevention techniques.
Byron Shire Early Childhood Intervention Service for a Key Word Sign and Gesture Workshop for carers, parents and teachers.
Lend-a-Hand Ministries for a new commercial fridge as part of their food bank for people in need in the Casino area.
Lismore Soup Kitchen to help produce a CD featuring the Winsome Street Choir.
The Pathways Foundation for part-funding towards a purpose-built trailer for its weekend Young Stars camps for boys and their fathers.
Spaghetti Circus to help send 15 young local performers to Tasmania for a National Circus Festival early in the New Year.
Australian Indonesian Arts Alliance to support their Harmony Day celebrations.
Lismore Neighbourhood Centre Mental Health Group for provision of personal care items for mentally ill adolescents.
Lismore Neighbourhood Centre to support its annual Lismore Volunteer Expo.
Ballina Byron Family Centre to help with organisation of its Family Fun Day.
Byron Youth Service – BUDDI for its ‘Friendship Flags’ Forum.
Two disadvantaged students from the region will also receive scholarships totalling $5000 to study at Southern Cross University, courtesy of the SCU-Bowen Education Sub Fund.
“This year’s annual grants round selection had been particularly tough for the committee, with 32 grant applications received totalling nearly $140,000,” said George Lewin, who chairs the foundation’s grants committee.
source: Lismore Northern Star
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