Border Trust has announced $20,000 in grants is up for grabs for projects and events that support community wellbeing.
Applications are now open for the inaugural Give500, which harnesses the power of collective giving to fund projects directly benefiting the Albury-Wodonga and wider communities.
Three projects will be selected by the Give500 committee, with the successful recipient receiving $15,000 and the runners-up $2,500 respectively, explains Border Trust executive officer Glenys Atkins.
This year the focus is on community wellbeing with events, campaigns or projects that:
- promote social cohesion, reduce isolation and connect people to community;
- provide support to community members experiencing disadvantage and distress; or
- promote healthy living.
The successful recipient will be chosen by 41 donors at a Pitch & Vote Night in November 2021.
Ms Atkins said the Give500 Collective Giving Grant was made possible through thedonations and contributions of local people and businesses looking to make a positive impact on the community.
"Give500 aims to provide an accessible entry point for like-minded donors across all generations to pool donations, support their community and experience the grant-making process first-hand," she said.
"Your $500 donation, combined with all Give500 donations, will create a lasting positive impact on the wellbeing of our local community."
Each year 60 per cent of contributions are directly granted as part of Give500; with 40 per cent to build a sustainable foundation, support additional granting and build a perpetual endowment for community benefit, according to Ms Atkins.
About $1.9 million has been distributed since 2005 across the Albury, Federation, Indigo, Greater Hume, Towong and Wodonga local government areas, extending to the Snowy Valley and Alpine shires for bushfire recovery.
- Applications close August 26 - go to www.bordertrust.org.au