Australia Post has opened the application process for its Community Grant funding initiative, which enables not-for-profit community organizations to apply for funding of up to A$10,000 (US$7,000).
The initiative aims to support projects and services that address locally identified needs that strengthen social connections and reduce barriers to participating in community life.
Speaking at the launch of the program, Australia Post executive general manager community and consumer, Nicole Sheffield, said, “Through this program we’re funding projects that bring people together to address local needs.
“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 (for example transport, ability to pay, or access to community spaces); and/or
• Develop skills and leadership capability to strengthen community networks.
The launch of the 2019 Community Grants program follows the completion of this year’s Australia Post Workforce Grants which saw over 400 recipients receive A$500 (US$350) each toward community projects across Australia as nominated by Australia Post’s local staff members.
The Workforce Community Grants program recognized the dedication of Australia Post staff to their local communities and provides an opportunity for them to nominate a community project or organization close to their heart, with funds going to workshops, events, training, equipment, supplies, excursions and camps, as well as computers and internet access all enabling better community connectedness in their local area.
Eligible community organizations can apply for an Australia Post Community Grant for up to A$10,000 (US$7,000) via www.auspost.com.au/grants. Applications close on August 4 and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in October 2019.