Clubs’ pokie profits fund community projects; apply now

Happy community organisation recipients of 2016 ClubGRANTS Program funding.

Happy community organisation recipients of 2016 ClubGRANTS Program funding.

Do you have a great community project that needs funding? Registered clubs in the Bega Valley are encouraging local organisations to apply to the ClubGRANTS Program.

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for projects that improve community wellbeing and address social issues in the Bega Valley Shire. Applications close on May 1.

Dave Mitchell, Chairperson of the Bega Valley ClubsGRANT Committee and General Manager of Club Bega said, “We look forward to supporting community projects that make a real difference on the ground.”

The ClubGRANTS scheme is managed by Bega Valley Shire Council, but is a shared state government and club industry program, funded by a gaming machine tax on registered clubs with gaming machine profits in excess of $1million.

In 2016, local organisations received over $98,000 in funding through the scheme.

Eight local clubs are represented on the ClubsGRANT committee - Bermagui Country Club, Club Bega, Club Sapphire, Eden Fishermen's Recreation Club, Merimbula RSL, Pambula Merimbula Golf Club, Tathra Beach Bowling Club, Tura Beach Country Club.

More information and application forms can be found at www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au  or by contacting Toby Schaefer-Darling on 6499 2199.

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