Foundation gains funding support
MORE than $127,000 in grants and philanthropic support is set to be announced at the Into Our Hands Community Foundation’s AGM in Beechworth on November 14.
The resilience charity will provide funding for 10 different community projects, six of which are in the Alpine Shire.
Full details of each successful grant application will be discussed at the AGM but it can be revealed that the Myrtleford Chamber of Commerce Piazza Hall will re- ceive a kitchen upgrade, and the Dederang Recreation Reserve will see improvements to its LED lighting.
Other winners in the Alpine Shire include the Happy Valley Hall for a new permanent barbeque and Harrietville Community Forum’s Tracks and Trails project.
Into Our Hands’ Executive Officer, Sarah Thompson, said that each project was an example of local community groups having aspirations and big picture ideas.
“The Foundation is keen to support initiatives that have community momentum be- hind them whilst achieving positive lasting impact,” she added.
The funding support to the Parish Hall in the Piazza Square is seen as a significant upgrade to the Myrtleford town centre.
The project will be delivered in collaboration between the Myrtleford Chamber of Commerce and the Anglican community, pending development of a formal MoU between the organisations.
In Dederang, the funding support of the Recreation Reserve to see an upgrade to LED lighting across the fa- cility will reduce power and maintenance costs for the reserve long term whilst also making the area more environmentally sustainable.
The Recreation Reserve’s Grants Officer, Cindy Ryder, said the improvements were much needed.
“Most importantly these improvements will help in overcoming the ongoing loading problems that cause periodic tripping of the incoming power supplies,” she explained
“Making the system more economical will help ensure the best possible reliability is maintained particularly when the reserve needs to operate as a community safe place in the event of a bushfire again threatening our town.”
Further to the grant announcements, The Into Our Hands Foundation is set to launch a new perpetual charitable endowment for the North East region.
New donation partnerships to support the foundations work into the future are also on the horizon.
“This is significant step for the Foundation because it creates a long term asset that can be used to benefit the entire North East community and its people,” Ms Thompson added.
“The donation announcement is also very exciting as it will demonstrate how local businesses and individuals can support the Foundation, promote their business and be philanthropic for local causes, all at the same time.
“We want to get the message out that having a local foundation such as Into Our Hands is a game changer for our community and its non-profits because it allows us to hold and manage charitable funds and donations for the region.”