Groups win share of $900,000 to keep aiding poor

COMMUNITY projects ranging from refugee and disability outreach support, to meal delivery for the homeless and vulnerable, have been given a helping hand through the Cumberland ClubGrants Scheme.

The grants are funded by local clubs including Auburn Soccer Sports, Dooleys Lidcombe, Granville Diggers, Guildford Leagues, Club Merrylands Bowling and Merrylands RSL, and will see 55 community projects share in almost $900,000 to help deliver invaluable services and support for residents.
Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou says community organisations play an invaluable role and without the ongoing contribution of local clubs, many of their community projects would not be able to go ahead.
“We are proud that our community organisations have access to these supporting grants through the ClubGrants Scheme and council grants programs, especially since the experiences of our vulnerable population has been heightened with the pandemic,” he said.
“It’s the council’s vision to make sure as many different community organisations in Cumberland City are resourced with the tools to execute their ambitious visions.”
Notable recipients include the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) who assist vulnerable refugees and people seeking asylum with free legal advice; the Child Abuse Prevention Service whose five-week program provides important harm prevention skills for women experiencing domestic and family violence; and Good360, OzHarvest and UCA-Parramatta mission staff who have been helping address social and economic barriers experienced by disadvantaged residents by distributing food and essential goods to those in need.