Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean
Cities’ grant expectations
PROGRAMS to give homeless people work skills and dance opportunities to youth have received funding from the City of Perth.
The funding comes from the City’s community enhancement grants.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to programs that aim to improve social and mental wellbeing.
The Underground Collaborative for Ground+Co Cafe received $11,596 to help it train and employ people experiencing or atrisk of homelessness to become baristas and Volunteering WA for Perth School $13,000 for its Vollieday Program to give young people aged 13 and up volunteering opportunities.
The WA Youth Theatre Company will receive $14,000 for performance classes for people aged 13 to 26 with personal, physical, financial, cultural, linguistic or geographic barriers.
ConnectGroups WA has been given $13,000 for volunteers to visit isolated seniors and Perth City Farm $4500 for its Kids in the Garden program.
“The City of Perth supports community programs which create opportunities for individuals to connect with their community and enable people to engage in health and wellbeing activities,” Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said.
“In this round of grants, the City has supported a range of programs that will provide the utmost benefit for city residents, workers and visitors.
“Participants in the programs range from schoolaged children to seniors, ensuring wide-ranging benefits and outcomes within different parts of the community. We are confident the supported projects have the potential for long-term growth and sustainability beyond the life of the grant.”
The Underground Collaborative founder Katie Liew said the grants would make an incredible difference to its services.
“As an emerging local grassroots social enterprise, it means a lot to have some financial assistance to achieve our vision in breaking the cycles of homelessness,” she said.
“These funds will make an incredible difference and allow us to train and employ people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to become baristas at our first employment initiative Ground+Co, providing supportive pathways for transition into long term employment and, most importantly, stable housing.”
COMMUNITY groups and businesses can now apply for major and small event funding from the City of Bayswater.
Applications are open for the Community Events Grant and Major Town Centre Event Grant.
Successful applicants will share $38,000 in funding.
The Community Events Grant is open to businesses and community groups to run events such as a family fun days, multicultural concerts or street markets.
The Major Town Centre Event funding is for largerscale events that attract more than 2000 people in one of the town centres in Morley, Maylands, Bayswater and Noranda.
Mayor Dan Bull said the council recognised the importance of locally- run events which activated public spaces and built community pride.
“The City has already helped fund number of successful community- run events this year, including the Tiny Sparks World Prematurity event, the Noranda Vibes Christmas Concert and the Maylands Street Festival,” he said.
“There is so much passion and creativity in our community and I hope this funding helps more great ideas to get off the ground.”
Tiny Sparks board member Brett Fowler urged other groups to apply for the grants after his organisation held a successful family fun day to recognise World Prematurity Day in November.
“For 2019, we approximately doubled our attendance on the day, which meant we connected more families to Tiny Sparks and other organisations,” he said.
“We are really grateful not only for the grant funding, but the continued support the City of Bayswater has shown to Tiny Sparks over the last two years.
“If anyone has experienced the uncertainty and challenges surrounding premature and high risk pregnancies, we would encourage them to reach out to Tiny Sparks and our wonderful community.”
He said Tiny Sparks was planning another family fun day in 2020.
Applications close this week. For information, visit the City's website.