Border Trust has announced the eight recipients of $105,000 in community grants including $75,000 for mental health unit Nolan House as part of the 2020 Big Give online event.
The Trust officially handed over more than $105,000 in funding to eight local organisations during the online presentation on Thursday including for:
- Restart Albury Wodonga $2000
- Albury-Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau $2000
- Fight Cancer for Stage 2 Hilltop Carers Accommodation $2500
- Border Trust $2500
- Aspect School $10,394
- Women's Centre for Health and Wellbeing $5500
- Amaranth Foundation $5,000; and
- Nolan Health therapeutic garden $75,000
In addition to the support Albury Wodonga Health's Nolan House, the City2City Run Walk contributed a further $18,500 for Border Trust's Bushfire Relief Fund, announced earlier in the year.
The Big Give was streamed on Facebook when the Trust's 2020 grant recipients were announced and its supporters and philanthropic partners thanked, says Border Trust chair Grace Churches.
Among this year's grant recipients was Albury's Aspect Riverina School, which will receive $10,394 to deliver a new literacy program for its youngest students with autism.
The program, which will be introduced in kindergarten and Year 1 classes, aims to deliver strong foundations in reading and writing from the early years so that learning outcomes for students with autism are improved.
Ms Churches said there was always a diverse range of applicants for the annual grants program all designed to enhance community wellbeing.
The 30-minute presentation heard heart-warming stories from previous grant recipients as well as the community partners who make the outcomes possible.
"The virtual event is also a celebration of the profound impact of local giving," Ms Churches said.
"For me this is an opportunity to highlight how generous our community is and the extent to which the foundation is trusted because people contribute knowing exactly where the money goes."
May is traditionally Local Giving Month for Border Trust, where the community is encouraged to "Give Where You Live" by hosting fundraisers and community events.
"This year is a bit different (due to COVID-19 restrictions) and we have been running a social media campaign featuring people who have been involved with Border Trust either as recipients or contributors," Ms Churches has explained.
"We have been celebrating what we have achieved and hearing from the heart of organisations who have benefited from community grants and support."
The Trust has also finished a call-out to community groups to pitch for a share of $112,000 raised through its bushfire relief fund.
Applications for these grants open on June 1, 2020.