By Nadia Surace
UNITED Way Goulburn Valley Community Fund has opened funding applications for its 2011 Major Grants program.
Designed to assist not-for-profit community organisation projects for the region’s most vulnerable including children, youth, the elderly, people with disabilities and families in crisis, the program avails up to $20,000 to successful applicants.
Each year for the past decade the program has distributed more than $200,000 to at least 30 local charities.
United Way CEO, Lisa McKenzie, said projects funded in the past included Very Special Kids Shepparton Christmas Party, a common room upgrade for Brayton Youth and Family Services and oxygen concentrators for Goulburn Valley Hospice Care for the terminally ill.
“We have also funded a disability dinner dance, support for pregnant teens, junior craft projects, toy library upgrades, mentoring programs and new hospital beds. There is a long list of beneficiaries.”
Mrs McKenzie said this year again need would almost certainly exceed funds available and called on service clubs, businesses and individuals to consider donating to United Way GV.
“Give to us and you only need to give once as we can make the tough decisions for you.’’
To download grant guidelines and application forms go to: www.unitedwaygv.com.au.
Applications close July 31 and are assessed by an independent allocations committee comprising local community members.