Community Foundation Account partnership in practice

Community Foundation Account partnership in practice

The Tumut Community Foundation reports that their partnership with Visy and FRRR has made a tangible difference in their community, aiding capacity building and supporting some fantastic achievements by community groups.

From 2006 to 2011, this Community Foundation Account had some notable achievements:

  • Distributed $280,000 in Visy Community Grant funding across 97 projects;
  • 178 applications were received, seeking $1 million in project funding;
  • Each grant averaged $2,880;
  • 80% of grants were below $4,999 but they ranged from $400 to $13,500;
  • Supported 60 community organisations, few of whom had DGR status.

The depth and breadth of projects is truly impressive, as these examples attest:

Project Outcome
Batlow art projects Now accepted as part of community with a literary club recently being formed
Movies by Moonlight  An annual community celebration in Adelong
Tumut & District Concert Band Instruments for hire project  Increased band numbers and the bandmaster from outside the area has just opened a music store in Tumut, with increased tutoring in schools across the region;
Tumut Shire Youth Council – Youth in Philanthropy. Managed two small grant rounds for youth projects
Murrurundi Puppets Domestic violence project rolled out in all local primary schools. It immediately identified one case of domestic child abuse

Youth Council Music Jam

supplying sound equipment for a monthly jam, leading to a performance at Youth Council’s Youth week Party in the Park. A number of these performers were recorded at a local recording studio for the separate High School CD project, which provides an alternative to participation in sport
Kiddylink Play Group Increased participation in group from low income families and increased interaction with senior community members / volunteers
Annual Community Grant Celebration Brings groups of successful recipients together to share stories, learn about what’s going on in community and develop networks e.g: established contacts for visits by Adelong Public School students to the Adelong Men’s Shed.

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