Domino's Give for Good program makes initial grants

20 rural and regional NFP groups share nearly $90,000

Bendigo, 23 JDominos Give for Goodanuary 2017: FRRR and Domino’s Pizza Enterprises have announced the first recipients of the Domino’s Give for Good small grant program, which will help deliver community-led projects that build stronger rural and regional communities across Australia.

Twenty not-for-profit groups are sharing just under $90,000. The grants all help to address either education or youth initiatives, leadership and entrepreneurship, or improve preparedness and recovery from natural disasters.

Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij said it was pleasing to see such a diverse range of applications for the programs first granting round.

“As a company that prides itself in giving back to the communities in which we operate, we wanted to use these grants to help create stronger regional communities. We were delighted at the variety of projects put forward from across rural and regional Australia, as they reflect the diverse needs of these communities,” said Mr Meij.

“The requests we received ranged from essential equipment, to training to help with disaster preparedness and recovery, seed funding for community owned micro businesses, and support to address youth employment issues and job creation. These are all important initiatives that address local challenges and will ultimately help create more vibrant rural and regional communities.”

Natalie Egleton, CEO FRRR, said FRRR is thrilled to be working with Domino’s to extend their reach and community capacity building opportunities by connecting rural, regional and remote communities with corporate philanthropy.

“Small, dynamic communities are best placed to identify their own solutions and a small injection of funds goes a long way in rural Australia. By harnessing and investing in the economic, community leadership and social strengths, we can help build strong, vibrant, sustainable communities, and it is wonderful to be able to do this with the generous support of Domino’s,” Ms Egleton said.

Some of the exciting projects funded in Round 1 of the Give for Good program include:

  • Speargrass Bike Tours in Katherine NT received funding to provide a project management support role to grow an Aboriginal, youth-led, cycling tourism social enterprise.
  • A two-day leadership and enterprise workshop to be held in Beechworth, VIC, to enhance future economic participation and employment opportunities for local young people.
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health Ltd will run ‘Deadly Thinking’ workshops in Armidale, NSW, to increase leadership skills within the Indigenous community to respond to mental health issues.
  • The Bream Creek community garden and market in Tasmania will employ a coordinator to develop a production model to help them become financially sustainable.
  • Keith Showgrounds, in Glenside SA, will upgrade its entrance to increase its potential to attract visitors and generate revenue for the community.
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue in Ayr QLD, will buy a stand-alone GPS for their Delta One rescue vessel to improve efficiency during emergency responses and increase the safety of their volunteers.

The full list of projects funded, listed by state, can be found below.

The second round of the Domino’s Give for Good small grant program is expected to open in July 2017.

 

Organisation

Project

Location

Amount Awarded

New South Wales

2TLC Lower Clarence Community Radio Inc Assoc

Community Arts Development

Building youth confidence and engagement throughout the Clarence Valley by recording and broadcasting young people’s art.

Yamba

$3,000

Illabo Sporting Bodies Inc

Illabo Spirit Revival

Strengthening social cohesion and reconnecting the town by purchasing materials and whitegoods to improve the usability of the local community facility.

Illabo

$5,000

Narrabri Shire Youth Centre (Narrabri Shire Council)

Youth Leadership Training

Increasing educational and employment opportunities in Narrabri by running leadership courses for youth.

Narrabri

$5,000

Rural and Remote Mental Health Limited

Deadly Thinking in Armidale

Building leadership skills within the Indigenous community to respond to mental health issues, by running Deadly Thinking workshops in Armidale.

Glenside

$5,000

South Australia

Keith and Tintinara District Show Society Inc

Keith Showgrounds Entrance Facelift

Enhancing visibility and increasing revenue for the community by restoring the memorial gates and improving signage at the entrance of show grounds and camping area.

Keith

$2,730

 

Northern Territory

Enterprise Learning Projects

Speargrass Bike Tours

Providing meaningful, tourism-focused employment for local Aboriginal men by funding the salary and project management support to grow an Aboriginal, youth-led, cycling tourism social enterprise.

Katherine

$5,000

Queensland

Gaeta Rural Fire Brigade

Power to the People

Increasing resilience and disaster preparedness through a functional meeting space, and building connectivity by supporting production of a community newsletter.

Gaeta

$5,000

SES - Burdekin (Burdekin Shire Council)

Scrub It, Clean It - Burdekin Disaster Readiness

Providing greater safety and comfort for residents, especially after natural disasters, by purchasing a floor scrubber.

Ayr

$5,000

SES - Gracemere (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)

Storm and Rescue Tray

Enabling a faster response to the community in times of emergency, by purchasing a storm tray for Gracemere SES’s new vehicle.

Brisbane

$5,000

Volunteer Marine Rescue Burdekin Inc

Keeping on track for community welfare

Better efficiency and increased safety for volunteers, by purchasing a stand-alone GPS for Delta One rescue vessel.

Ayr

$5,000

 

Tasmania

Coastal FM Inc

Youth On The Air

Enabling young people to actively participate and produce youth-focussed radio programs, by purchasing outside broadcast equipment and delivering training to young people.

Wynyard

$1,860

 

East Coast Regional Development Organisation Inc

The Village Expansion - A Pottery Studio

Enabling community members to participate in a creative activity and also generate income to support both individuals and a community organisation, by converting an existing building into a pottery studio.

Triabunna

$4,750

The Bream Creek Farmer's Market Inc

Bream Creek Farmers Market Community Garden

Supporting the community garden and Market to become financially sustainable by employing a coordinator to develop the production model and manage volunteers.

Marion Bay

$5,000

Victoria

Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (A.C.R.E.)

Igniting Job Creators Through Entrepreneurship

Enhancing future economic participation and employment opportunities for local young people, by delivering a two-day leadership and enterprise workshop.

Beechworth

$5,000

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc - Paynesville Flotilla

Spark of Life

Improving emergency response capability by purchasing two AEDs (automatic defibrillators) for use on a new vessel and in an off-road crew truck.

Paynesville

$4,800

Avoca Community Arts & Gardens Inc

Avoca Arts & Gardens Hub

Providing a hub for local artists and community members, as well as generating income through the purchase of equipment and materials to establish a community arts and garden precinct on the site of the historic Avoca Railway Station.

Avoca

$5,000

CFA - Bonang Fire Brigade

Resources Build Resilience in Bonang

Enhancing the preparedness and capacity of the Bonang community to defend itself in a bushfire event, through the purchase a trailer that can be fitted with an existing slip-on fire-fighting unit.

Delegate River

$2,700

CFA - Killawarra Fire Brigade

Wet & Wild Killawarra Community

Increasing the capacity of the CFA and other local groups, through the purchase and installation of a 45,000 litre water tank at the Killawarra fire station and community centre.

Killawarra

$5,000

Colac Otway Shire

Showcasing Local Trades and Services Event

Reconnecting a fragmented community and shift people’s focus from loss and damage to a more positive rebuilding phase, by hosting a community event in this fire-affected area.

Colac

$5,000

Western Australia

Esperance Local Enterprise Initiative Committee Inc

Hobby to Business - Pathway to Employment

Increasing local economic development, entrepreneurial endeavour and creative industries, by hosting practical business training workshops, and supporting arts-focused micro businesses to transition into larger, sustainable small businesses.

Esperance

$5,000

 

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