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Record number of applications in 2015 Major Grants Round
The Community Fund has announced $145 000 in major grants to 17 community
and volunteer organisations this month.
We received a record number of applications with a total ask of $540 000.
As in past years the need has far outweighed the allocations budget and
our independent allocations committee has had a huge job assessing all applications.
The organisations to benefit this year include:
Shepparton Search and Rescue
South Shepparton Community House
Turaton Music Company
Murchison Junior Fire Brigade
Filipino-Australian Friends Association
Murchison Community Care
Shepparton's 38 Army Cadet Unit
Beacon Community Connections
Goulburn Valley Pregnancy Support
Gowrie St Primary School
Kiwanis Club of Mooroopna
Shepparton Competition Society Inc
Southern Cross Kids Camps
The Bridge Youth Service
Verney Road School
We will bring you many of their stories and progress reports on their projects over the next few months.
Many of these organisations would not be able to fund projects themselves so The Community Fund assists in ensuring those who want to impact and change our community for the better receive the help they need. Close to $3 million has been raised and distributed to Goulburn Valley organisations supporting our most vulnerable such as children, people with disabilities, the elderly and families in crisis since The Community Fund commenced in 2001.
The next round of funding is our Minor Grants up to $2000 in February 2016.
Winter Feast is a winner
We had a fabulous Winter Feast Lunch at Mitchelton Winery on Sunday, August 9, to celebrate the 2015 Lift Off Education Scholarship Fund and to raise money for the 2016 Lift Off scholarships. The 2016 recipients will be announced in February.
More than $15 000 has been raised to support future students and we thank everyone who attended and those who donated to the fundraiser.
The gathering heard from our inaugural scholarship recipients (top left from left) Monga Mukasa, Siobhan Dillon, Taneeka Corso, Stephanie Eddy and Nathan Thorne who all spoke sincerely about how the scholarship funds have helped them on their tertiary education journey.
Professor John Dewar, Vice Chancellor La Trobe University (pictured top right with the students) was our guest speaker and told the room of his belief in and support for regional scholarships.
Hear some of his speech here
You can also watch the five young students talk about what the scholarship means to them.
The Lift Off Education Scholarship Advisory committee are pictured with the students in top middle photo. From left are Cheryl Hammer, Sue Nalder, Di Doyle, Morris Sleep, Lisa McKenzie, Andrea McNab and Carmel Shellie.
Thanks goes to everyone who donated auction and raffle items on the day, those who attended the lunch and those who made a donation prior and since the event.
Our media partners help spread our message
Southern Cross Austereo's 95 3SR and Sun FM is now helping The Community Fund spread its message throughout the Goulburn Valley. We thank Leanne Hulm at Southern Cross Austereo for her support of our work and allowing us to have our message on the airwaves.
Southern Cross Austereo joins Prime7 and Shepparton News as our newest media partners. Watch our TV ad here
Have you heard about us lately?
We have enjoyed some fantastic promotion i recent months and thank our local media for helping to spread our message about the work we do, educating the community about where the money we raise is put to good work, and who benefits from the fabulous support we recveive from throughout the Goulburn Valley.
A recent Shepp News article helped paint a very realistic picture about what we do here at The Community Fund.
Read the artcile here
We have also enjoyed regular airtime on Prime7 for our TV ads which have certainly helped build our profile in the community.
Our #ShepPROUD TV ad is here
We are also on the radio with the support of Southern Cross Austereo 3SR FM and SUN FM.
We thank all our media supporters in helping us talk to you., the community.