Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean

Cities’ grant ex­pec­ta­tions

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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.

 ??  ?? The Un­der­ground Col­lab­o­ra­tive’s cafe aims to give peo­ple work skills.
The Un­der­ground Col­lab­o­ra­tive’s cafe aims to give peo­ple work skills.

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