Ten fantastic local projects will be undertaken this year thanks to funding from Tomorrow Today Foundation’s 2016 Grants Program. In a record disbursement last Friday TTF chair Sally Gamble presented grants totalling over $33,000 for a diverse range of initiatives. The money is raised through investment of funds received from generous local donors, a number of whom were present at the gathering.
Addressing the group of successful applicants and donors, Ms Gamble commented “For the Community Fund to reach its potential, not only do we need the generous donors who help it to grow, we need the active groups and volunteers throughout Benalla and district that commit time and energy to creating a stronger and more resilient community. I look forward to seeing the positive difference your efforts will make for our residents.”
Recipients of cash for their projects were:- Benalla Flexible Learning Centre for a healthy eating and exercise program for students; Benalla Health in partnership with St Vincent de Paul to build backyard wicking beds so that families can grow their own fruit and vegetables; Benalla P-12 College for the Beacon Polish Program to promote job skills and introduce Year 9 students to local employers; Benalla P-12 College and FCJ College working together to present a forum for 14 to 16 years olds on mental health; Cooinda Village and FCJ College for a music and storytelling project that breaks down intergenerational barriers; EdSpace Education and Training Centre for their Dogs For Life program in which EdSpace students take specially trained dogs into kinders and schools to improve literacy and student wellbeing; Living Culture Together to develop a curriculum focussing on Winton Wetlands and based on Aboriginal perspectives; North East Artisans for an art project that will help vulnerable residents develop their creative skills; Ride Avenue Pre-School for a two day celebration that will introduce preschoolers to Indonesian food and culture; and Victorian YMCA Community Programming in partnership with local volunteers in a program to train local teenagers as skateboard coaches so that they can pass on their knowledge and talents to a new generation of young skaters.
The Community Fund is a permanent and growing pool of funds which acts as a ‘future fund’ for Benalla. Income from the Fund is distributed as local grants – year after year.
Since 2003 Tomorrow Today has handed out 91 grants to 52 different organisations for a total of nearly $200,000, a substantial philanthropic contribution to support the Benalla & District community.
Anyone who would like to give to the Tomorrow Today Foundation Community Fund can donate via this link or visit the Foundation’s office at Shop 10, Cecily Court, Nunn Street.