Community grants now available

IF you’re full of inspiration and good intentions to give back to your community but lack the financial backing, now is your chance to put those ideas into action.

NORTEC Employment and Training Ltd is calling on not-for-profit or community organisations on the North Coast to pitch their ideas and grab their share of funding from NORTEC’s $25,000 Community Grants Initiative.

But you’d better hurry because applications close on April 29.

This year NORTEC’s $25,000 Grants Initiative will be focused on funding for projects or activities that either encourage employment opportunities and/or promote or encourage skills development, social inclusion or career pathways for disadvantaged community members.

Under this umbrella are separate funding categories including: youth, environmental, sport / health / recreation and /or wellbeing, education, arts and a general category.

Projects established through the 2009 community grant included Adventure Based Counselling Helping Youth in the Northern Rivers which involves mixing outdoor activity such as canoeing and abseiling with support and counselling for young people. Another was a mural by local high school students at St Andrews Aged Care Facility Ballina.

Not-for-profit or community organisations from Nambucca to Tweed Heads are encouraged to download an application to assess their eligibility.

For criteria guidelines and an application form visit

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