Last Friday saw 29 local not for profit organisations receive $74,000 in grants from the Mumbulla Foundation.
The grants presentation, held at the University of Wollongong Bega Campus, was a celebration of what can be achieved when a community works together to create a vibrant place for people to be cared for and supported.
Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Kristy McBain presented the grants, alongside Mumbulla Foundation chairman Gary Potts.
Both Cr McBain and Mr Potts commented on the hard work done by such a diverse range of grant recipients to ensure the continued vibrancy of the community.
As usual, the recipient organisations were a diverse group.
They ranged from the Cobargo CWA needing a new kitchen, Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast assisting refugees and asylum seekers coming to the Bega Valley, Far South Coast Maternity Advisory Group for pregnancy loss packs provided to women of stillborn/miscarried children and REAP Sapphire Coast, which needs new freezers to store the food they collect from supermarkets and restaurants for disadvantaged people in our shire.
The grants ranged from large grants of $7250 for Atlas for Life, which is presenting Science on the Move including Questacon displays and events for National Science week in August 2017, through to small grants such as $500 for the Merimbula Imlay Historical Society to run a training workshop on “how to curate your collection”.
Other grant recipients were Sculpture Bermagui to assist with transport for large sculptures to the event and an accommodation subsidy for five artists.
Many other community groups were assisted with the Mumbulla Foundation grants this year and a full list of recipients can be found on the Mumbulla Foundation website.
The grants are not possible without the fundraising efforts of the Mumbulla Foundation, which is run by a very small board of dedicated directors.
The Gold Donor program is a very effective way to “give where you live” and assist with the important work the Mumbulla Foundation does in the Bega Valley. Details on becoming a Gold Donor are on the Mumbulla Foundation website, http://mumbulla.org.au.