Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Win A $25,000 Grant To Help Your Local Community

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is giving young people who live in rural NSW the chance to secure a $25,000 grant to deliver a new and innovative community project.
Now in its fifth year, applications are open for the 2013 RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant.
RAS Foundation Executive Office, Jocellin Jansson said young people living rural NSW are encouraged to think about how they could make a significant difference in their community by addressing a need or issue faced by their town.
“Young people are our future, and the Community Futures Grant gives them the opportunity to develop a practical project to help improve their town and shape a positive future,” said Ms Jansson.
Submissions will be judged on several criteria including innovation, impact on the community and plans for implementation. Applicants must identify an existing community organisation or group they would partner with to deliver their project. Eligible entrants must be 35 or under on 1 May 2013 and projects must be located in rural or regional NSW.
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In 2012 three projects were awarded; Ashley Murphy, a young man from Narrandera who is involved in running youth group programs received funding to renovate the church hall and kitchen to expand programs that assisted in improving nutrition education.
Ashley said the aim of the community kitchen is to improve the poor nutrition and irregular meal patterns of some of the youth in his community. “Simple things like sharing a meal as a family, working together to prepare meals for one another and basic cooking skills are important skills for everyone to have.”
“In a small rural community such as ours, to have programs and activities that bring families together is great. I hope the kitchen will become a place for young people to come and either spend time with their families, or learn some new skills that will help them in the future,” said Ashley.
Emma Sellers partnered with the local Delegate progress Association to help develop an indigenous art gallery in an existing community bank building. Nyngan resident Richard Milligan, partnered with the local high school and through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards empowered young people to be involved with their local community.
In 2011 Tamara Nixon partnered with Oaklands Community Health & Fitness Centre to transform an unused agricultural merchandise store into a community fitness centre. Rowan Bromfield helped enhance local tourism at Ariah Park by building a camp kitchen and renovating an existing ablution block.

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“With so many innovative and community minded young people in rural NSW I’m sure there are plenty of people with excellent ideas of how to help their town survive and thrive,” said Ms Jansson.
“The RAS Foundation Community Futures Grants provides the means for that solution to become reality.”
Applications close 11th January, 2013. Applications are now open; forms can be found online at: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/832.htm 

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