Local groups share in $1.2m bounty thanks to ClubGrants

SIXTY community projects will share in $1.2 million in funding under this year’s Cumberland ClubGrants Scheme.

Eight clubs contributed this year including the Auburn Soccer Sports Club, Auburn Tennis Club, Club Merrylands Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, Granville Diggers, Guildford Leagues, Merrylands RSL and Wenty Leagues and the successful applicants received their grants in a presentation ceremony held on Wednesday.
Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings says ClubGrants shows how the spirit of assisting local residents and groups “is alive and well in the Cumberland community”.
Under the scheme, licensed clubs with gaming machine profits of over $1 million, can to apply for 1.85 per cent tax rebate which can then be used to provide grants to not-for-profit community organisations. Grants applications are administered by Cumberland Council and managed by a local committee which identifies funding priorities and assesses applications.
The largest grant of $88,589 went to a project proposed by Cumberland Council which aims to address homelessness in the local government area, while the smallest grant of of $1,200 will be used by the Cassia Community Centre in Pendle Hill to run a first aid workshop for parents.
Other recipients include the Auburn Small Community Organisation Network which was awarded $77,300 for its Connect to Work program; the Refugee Advice and Casework Service which received $36,000 to provide legal support for refugees; and Youth Off The Streets which received two grants – $29,139 for its iDrive Youth Off The Streets Driver Training Program and $75,970 for psychology services for vulnerable and disadvantaged youths.