Foundation funds community initiatives

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FUNDING FOR KIDS’ FUN… From left, Greater Shepparton Foundation grants committee members, James Davies and Wendy Reilly with Southern Cross Kids Camps co-ordinator, Anna Reid. Photo: Supplied.

EIGHTEEN not-for-profit community-based groups and projects have received a share in more than $103,000 in grants from Greater Shepparton Foundation. The philanthropic organisation hosted an awards evening last week to recognise the recipients.

Grants were awarded to: Ganbina, Goulburn Valley Gamers Guild, St Georges Road Primary School hub, Mercy Place Ave Maria, Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre, Moyola Aged Care Inc., St Alban’s Anglican Church, St Andrew’s Anglican Church, St Mel’s Primary School, Shepparton Foodshare, South Shepparton Community Church, Southern Cross Kids’ Camps, Tallygaroopna Men’s Shed, Wellways Australia, Careers Day Out Committee, Goulburn Valley Chinese Association, Shepparton East Primary School and Verney Road School.

The recent grants range between $1,500 and $10,000 and will help inject much-needed resources to groups who do not receive any funding from government, or others, and/or groups with a limited capacity to fundraise themselves.

Southern Cross Kids Camps received $10,000 to go towards a five-day camp for 24 vulnerable children who may never get to experience a holiday where positive memories are made.

Camp co-ordinator, Anna Reid said, “This funding enables us to offer kids suffering from domestic violence or other forms of abuse some one-on-one care and attention, to help them build confidence and a sense of hope for the future. This support is a godsend to the kids and our volunteers who care for them.”

Greater Shepparton Foundation chair, Garry Smith congratulated the successful applicants who make valuable and diverse contributions to the region.

“Our assessment process is a rigorous one as it is import the funds we award have every chance of making a positive impact in the wider community,” Mr Smith said.

“What we have learned from the awards’ night is the importance of volunteers and the contribution they make to our community and the people they look after.”

To keep updated with all future grant applications, visit the Greater Shepparton Foundation’s website at www.greatershepparton.foundation or follow them on Facebook.