From Rotary to the Rural Fire Service and wildlife to water polo, 75 community groups across the Northern Rivers have benefited from $100,000 of contributions from the Greater Northern Rivers Community Funding Program since commencing just two years ago, in November 2021.
The program sees $3000 awarded every month across the region, with public voting determining the recipient of a $2000 boost. Two runner-up organisations each receive $500.
Following the devastating Northern Rivers floods an additional $30,000 was provided to the region, which saw $15,000 awarded to Resilient Lismore, while Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre received $10,000, and $5000 went to Momentum Collective Casino Neighbourhood Centre.
Greater Northern Rivers Regional Sales Manager, Scott McCluskey, said that reaching the $100,000 milestone was a proud moment for the customer-owned organisation.
“It’s so important that we give back to the communities that support us and we love doing so,” said Scott.
“The Northern Rivers has been through a tough couple of years, but the resilience and vitality of our communities is an inspiration.
“It’s also been wonderful for us to learn about how many brilliant community organisations there are in this region, as well as get at least a small snippet of the difference they make.
“Take Evans Head Preschool Association, who lost so many of their resources during the floods. They were recipients from the April 2022 round, which helped them replace those items and repair their facility.
“Meanwhile, Ballina Little Athletics Club used their funding early this year to put towards digital timing equipment, which will reduce the burden on volunteers who were doing this job manually, and ensure our young track stars are getting the most accurate time for their PBs!
“Beating Hearts of Lismore are using their funding to help with running costs, ensuring older and socially isolated people continue to benefit from the musical experience the group provides.
“Every single day Greater Bank is proud to be here, and we look forward to contributing even more to this vibrant region.”
The Greater Community Funding Program also operates in the New England, Central Coast, Central West, Gold Coast, Illawarra and Mid North Coast regions, and has awarded $1,119,000 in total to local community groups across regional NSW over the life of the program.
Entrants for the December 2023 round of the Greater Northern Rivers Community Funding Program are Love for Lismore Heart Space Incorporated, Murwillumbah Rowing Club, and Volunteer Marine Rescue Ballina.
Visit greater.com.au/greaternorthernrivers to cast your vote.