Project grants help communities thrive

Project grants help communities thrive

Several Limestone Coast community groups have been allocated substantial grant funding as part of the State Government’s “Thriving Communities” program.

The Kalangadoo Community Club, Millicent Men’s Shed, St Vincent De Paul Society and the Frances Progress Association will receive the funding for a range of projects.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Clare Scriven announced the funding, which was part of an additional $800,000 in funding to support community projects in regional South Australia.

Delivered through the Thriving Regions Fund, the program provides small grants to associations and charities for projects that build social resilience through facilitating greater community participation, a sense of belonging and ease of access.

The grants range from $20,000 to $50,000 and are used to fund initiatives such as new or improved infrastructure and equipment, access to services and programs or events with wellbeing outcomes.

The Millicent Men’s Shed has been allocated $30,000 for new machinery and tools as part of its newly built metal workshop.

The Kalangadoo Community Club will receive $50,000 for renovations to its outdated kitchen facilities, while the Frances Progress Association has been allocated $48,204 for its recreation reserve kitchen for additional uses, which includes the demolition, relocation of services and installation of a new kitchen.

The Saint Vincent De Paul Society (SA) Inc. will receive $22,500 for a shop extension at its Naracoorte conference office, to include a separate office with its own entrance suitable for prams, wheelchairs and gophers.

Minister Scriven said the government had been able to support dozens of organisations from across regional South Australia to advance their plans and bring their projects to life through the Thriving Communities Program.

“The program enables regional groups to provide crucial upgrades to facilities and services to further contribute to their local communities,” she said.

“I’m so pleased to see diverse projects that will help regional community groups to create and maintain vibrant and resilient towns where people feel a strong sense of belonging and positive community spirit.”

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