Help for lo­cal groups

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KWINANA com­mu­nity groups can re­ceive grants of up to $5000 to go to­wards lo­cal projects and ini­tia­tives through the Kwinana Com­mu­nity Fund­ing Pro­gram.

The pro­gram has al­ready helped more than 10 groups reach their goals.

Kwinana Lit­tle Ath­let­ics re­ceived $5000 fund­ing in Jan­uary to pur­chase new high jump mats.

Fundrais­ing and spon­sor­ship co-or­di­na­tor of Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Damian Rob­son said the fund­ing en­abled the team to re­place their older, in­con­sis­tent mats.

“It was $7000 for new ROCK­ING­HAM mats so the fund­ing meant heaps to the kids be­cause now they can train us­ing world in­dus­try stan­dard high jump mats,” he said.

“It would’ve taken us an­other year to pur­chase the mats if we didn’t re­ceive the funds so the pro­gram is good for the com­mu­nity as it sup­ports groups like us.”

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City recog­nised the many ben­e­fits com­mu­nity groups bring to the lo­cal area.

“The City is proud to sup­port lo­cal groups through the Com­mu­nity Fund­ing Pro­gram,” she said.

“These or­gan­i­sa­tions are in­valu­able in bring­ing peo­ple to­gether, sup­port­ing so­cial co­he­sion and cre­at­ing hap­pier com­mu­ni­ties.

“Any not-for-profit groups who would like to run com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties or events, or who would ben­e­fit from fund­ing to­wards equip­ment up­grades, should con­sider ap­ply­ing.”

The Kwinana Com­mu­nity Fund­ing Pro­gram aims to en­cour­age lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­gage in ca­pac­ity build­ing and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment projects.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing close on April 27. Forms are at www.kwinana.wa.gov.au/ grants.

The fund­ing pro­gram has helped the Kwinana Lit­tle Ath­let­ics team.

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