From Boys to the Bush and Beyond – The Power of ‘Connected Communities’

Participants enjoying some outdoor fun at Boys to the Bush.

Attracting money and donations for much needed equipment or facilities can be a daunting task for community groups, sporting clubs and not for profits.

Albury Wodonga Connected Communities is helping meet the financial needs of some of these organisations by providing grants.

The first round of grant applications are now open for 2019, in a funding allocation that is distributed twice a year.

David Clark, Chair, Albury Wodonga Connected Communities is encouraging not for profit community organisations to put in an application.

“We are hoping for a record number of applicants this year, which means a bigger positive impact for our local community,” David said.

Boys to the Bush co-founder Richard Leahy addresses guests at Bendigo Bank after been announced as one of the recipients last year.

“All our funding comes from Bendigo Bank, which pays a commission to our organisation when locals tag their account with AWCC.

“These commissions are paid as part of the Bendigo Bank’s community engagement budget and are made at no cost to the Bendigo Bank customer. So, the grants are essentially provided by locals for locals.”

Grants are awarded to organisations which can clearly demonstrate the social benefits of their project for their own members and/or the broader Albury Wodonga Community

Successful past recipients include Boys to the Bush, Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare, Albury Wodonga Table Tennis, Meals on Wheels Albury, Brave Hearts on the Murray, Wodonga Cricket Club, Murray High School P&C, Restart Albury Wodonga, SES and Gateway Health.

Local organisations can apply via the AWCC website via an online form. Grant applications close on 31 March 2019. The grant applications are then assessed by the AWCC Grants Sub-committee and winners will be announced at a Grant night on 8 May 2019.