Australia Post has announced the recipients of its 2022 People of Post Grants. Each of the 356 community projects, including community gardens, arts workshops and volunteer training, will receive a grant of up to A$1,000 (US$710).
The community groups were nominated for a grant by their local mail delivery person, Post Office worker or another Australia Post team member. Recipients include non-profit groups across metro, regional and remote areas and in every state of Australia, with more than half in regional and remote communities.
Since 2018, 1,350 grants totaling approximately A$842,000 (US$597,000) have been awarded as part of the Australia Post program. The post will also launch its 2022 Community Grants program in June, with organizations able to apply for funding for projects that support mental health and well-being in local communities.
Nicky Tracey, head of community relations at Australia Post, said, “The program took a grassroots approach, with team members encouraged to offer a nomination based on their own personal connection to a local organization. With more than 4,000 post offices around Australia, and delivery teams traveling to the furthest corners of the country, we understand the importance of the connections our people have with the communities we serve. These grants give us an opportunity to support what matters to our team members, and to help them to help others in their local community. We are delighted that so many of our people around Australia were keen to make a difference and nominated an organization close to their heart for a grant.”