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Grants offer support

By Benalla Ensign

Not-for-profit community organisations in Benalla can apply for a 2019 Australia Post Community Grant, with funding of up to $10000 available to each recipient.

The initiative aims to support projects and services that strengthen social connections and reduce barriers to participating in community life.

Speaking at the launch of the program, Australia Post community and consumer executive general manager Nicole Sheffield said it was another way for Australia Post to help communities thrive and prosper.

‘‘Through this program, we’re funding projects that bring people together to address local needs,’’ Ms Sheffield said.

‘‘With so much change to the way we live, work and shop, it’s more important than ever that we have strong, vibrant local communities where people can connect to shape our shared future.’’

The 2019 Australia Post Community Grants will support initiatives that:

●help people connect with each other through group activities (such as volunteering programs, civic engagement and environmental activities);

●reduce barriers to participation in community life (such as transport, ability to pay, or access to community spaces); and/or

●develop skills and leadership capability to strengthen community networks.

Eligible community organisations can apply for an Australia Post Community Grant of up to $10000 via www.auspost.com.au/grants

Applications close on Sunday, August 4, and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in October.