Local community organisations are being strongly encouraged to apply for grants from the Mumbulla Foundation; the annual grant round opens on August 11.
Mumbulla Foundation board member Olwen Morris said it had been a difficult year which had adversely impacted many local organisations.
"This year communities in the Bega Valley have not only suffered a bushfire ravaged summer but now have to contend with the appalling results of coronavirus, COVID-19. Local businesses are finding it tough going but small organisations are also in trouble, with some closing down permanently," she said.
"We therefore urge local organisations and community groups to apply for grants to help them sustain their organisations." .
The Mumbulla Foundation has existed since 2000, distributing grants to not-for-profit organisations in the Bega Valley Shire.
Since then over $1m in funding has been awarded to deserving projects from money generously donated by various businesses and individuals. The Bega Valley Shire Council allocates $25,000 annually which is matched by the foundation.
In addition the Mumbulla Foundation awards six scholarships of $1000 each to students at Bega Campus of Wollongong University.
Towards the end of each year the foundation presents $50 book vouchers to local schools to be awarded on prize giving day.
In partnership with the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) the Mumbulla Foundation issues $50 Target vouchers which are distributed to students suffering hardship for purchasing necessary school equipment and clothing. Recently FRRR gave an extra $10,000 worth of vouchers to schools in the Bega Valley Shire to help alleviate financial stress following the bushfires earlier this year.