$11,000 in funding for local groups

THE Glenorchy Community Fund has announced its latest round of grant funding that will see five local organisations receive a boost for projects set to benefit the people of Glenorchy.

The Glenorchy Community Fund was established to assist local not-for-profit groups deliver projects that enrich community spirit and alleviate social disadvantage in the Glenorchy municipal area.

The 2017 grants totalled more than $11,700 and have been awarded to West Moonah Community House Action Group, Chigwell Orchard Relocation Project, The Story Island Project, St Francis Flexible Learning Centre and the Glenorchy Golden Years Club.

Chairperson of the Glenorchy Community Fund Adriana Taylor said she was pleased with the high calibre of grant applicants.

She thanked all those who had contributed to the Fund to date.

“It’s wonderful to see just how many generous people are out there and the hard work they put in to help improve their local community,” she said.

The Story Island Project, which received the green light in the 2017 funding announcement, will use the funds to hold a stall at the Moonah Taste of the World Festival in March 2018.

This will engage around 500 young people in literacy activities including a “writing cave” and live story-telling sessions.

Tadpac, a local disability enterprise, will be hired to print the activity booklets for the event.

Another positive project for the youth of Glenorchy is being organised by St Francis Flexible Learning Centre.

They will use their grant money to purchase screen-printing equipment that will allow young people to flex their entrepreneurial muscles by getting set up to make and sell their own t-shirts, tea towels and bags.

The Chigwell Orchard Relocation Project will use its investment to purchase tools and equipment to salvage a local orchard that is slated for demolition.

Volunteers will safely relocate the fruit trees in schools and community areas.

Trees have already been shared with Mission Australia’s Chigwell House and Windermere Primary School.

The Glenorchy Community Fund runs an annual grant round.

For information on applying for a grant, visit www.glenorchycommunityfund.org.au or the Facebook page.

Caption: Glenorchy Community Fund board members celebrate with grant recipients at the awards ceremony on 14 December.