Funding from Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation 2018 Grants Program will allow 10 local projects to be undertaken over the coming year.
More than $27000 was awarded for a range of initiatives at a well-attended ceremony on Thursday, May 17.
Representatives of the successful groups spoke about their projects and the difference they hoped to make in the community.
Grant recipients were:
●FCJ College for a twice weekly breakfast club led by senior students.
●Benalla Community Garden to establish a welcoming space at the Uniting Church where people can come together to grow food.
●Australian Christian College Hume for fun maths resources to help children explore maths with their parents.
●Waminda Inc for a facilitated ‘‘Café Club’’ for people from all walks of life to meet and socialise — weekly 10am to 12pm at the CWA Hall.
●Broken River Potters towards the purchase of a new kiln.
●Central Hume Primary Care Partnership to help stage the ‘‘Benalla Proud and Deadly’’ Awards 2018 for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
●St Joseph’s Primary School for a cooking and life skills social club.
●Ride Avenue Pre-school for their Kitchen Garden project.
●Benalla and District Pre-school Partnership for outdoor equipment for their ‘‘Happy, Healthy, Outdoor Kids’’ project.
●Benalla Flexible Learning Centre to convert a shipping container to a ‘‘tiny house’’.
Addressing the gathering held at Cecily Court, Tomorrow Today Chair Sally Gamble congratulated the successful applicants on the work they were doing in the community.
Since 2003 Tomorrow Today has presented 114 grants to 57 different organisations totalling more than $247000, a substantial local philanthropic contribution.
Ms Gamble highlighted the significance of holding the awards at Tomorrow Today’s ‘‘home’’ for the first time.
‘‘Last September, thanks to strong community and philanthropic support, Tomorrow Today was able to purchase Cecily Court,’’ Ms Gamble said.
‘‘This is a game changer, providing security plus income from tenants, to give Tomorrow Today a strong future for enduring community benefit.
‘‘This wouldn’t have been possible without a low-interest loan from one of our philanthropic partners, so the focus of our fundraising for the next 18 months will be on reducing the loan.’’
●Anyone who would like to give to the Tomorrow Today Property Appeal can donate online at www.tomorrowtoday.com or visit the Foundation’s office at Shop 10, Cecily Court, Nunn St.