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Council awards more than $1.6 million in grants to Kingston’s community groups

4 August 2020

Social welfare groups, schools, theatres and sporting clubs across the municipality will share in just over $1.62 million to continue their great work thanks to Kingston’s annual community grants.

Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said Council was delighted to assist local not-for-profit groups deliver a wide range of services, programs and special events to the community.

“The need in the community has been greater than ever this year due to COVID-19 and our Community Grants program is all about supporting our local not-for-profit groups and organisations in delivering social welfare services, opportunities and activities for all residents in Kingston,” said Cr Oxley.

A total of 183 grants have been allocated this year, among those were a record number of social welfare groups providing emergency relief measures and food hampers to the many in the community struggling to make ends meet.

“There are so many fantastic community groups doing great work across Kingston, Council is proud to be able to support their efforts,” Cr Oxley said.

The 2020-21 funding includes:

  • $1,171,189 for three-year Partnership Grants to long established key organisations that provide important social and welfare services to Kingston residents
  • $315,100 in Annual Grants of up to $10,000 for not-for-profit community groups to help develop a healthy, active and socially connected community

The 2020-21 Community Grants Program attracted 75 Partnership and 120 Annual grant applications.

The grants include:

  • $489,153 to support local neighbourhood houses and community centres
  • $392,482 to support community social welfare organisations
  • $82,079 to support local multicultural and seniors’ groups
  • $74,663 for sporting clubs and scouts’ groups

Kingston Council’s Community Grants Program also includes Individual Development Grants, Student Achievement Grants, Arts Grants, and Children’s Week Grants.

 

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