11 April 2024

Funding for Port Kembla schools, community groups up for grabs through NSW Ports

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Girl surfs through arch created by people at Surfing the Spectrum event at Port Kembla

Surfing the Spectrum at Port Kembla received funding through the NSW Ports Community Grants Program last year. Photo: NSW Ports.

Schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations around Port Kembla have been encouraged to apply for funding through NSW Ports’ 2024 Community Grants Program.

Since it launched in 2021, the program has supported more than 50 grassroots projects and programs, awarding about $500,000 to neighbourhoods around NSW Ports facilities.

The program, which offers grants of up to $25,000, supports projects that deliver positive outcomes across education, health, economic development, the environment, arts and culture, social welfare and emergency relief.

NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas encouraged local groups to submit their applications.

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“The purpose of our Community Grants program is to help make neighbourhoods better places to live, work, learn and play, by enhancing health and wellbeing, education opportunities and the environment,” Ms Calfas said.

“We have seen increasing diversity in the applications we’ve received and the projects we’ve supported, which demonstrates just how much great work is being done in our communities.”

Previous recipients in the Illawarra have included Nareena Hills Public School, which used its grant to purchase a shipping container for storing sporting equipment, musical instruments and library books; Frame Running in Wollongong, which provides a sporting service to children with a disability and Surfing the Spectrum, a not-for-profit surf therapy initiative working to positively impact the lives of youth with autism and their families by providing free learn-to-surf events.

Other previous projects include murals, workshops to help disadvantaged women enter the workforce, construction of a vegetated island to support local wildlife, goal post pads for a local rugby league football club to improve match safety and support for an Aboriginal community health initiative for mothers and their children.

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“Our local communities are integral to the day-to-day operations of our ports and intermodal centres,” Ms Calfas said.

“We’re immensely proud to continue to invest in local communities and work together to keep building strong, inclusive, thriving neighbourhoods.”

Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday 28 April.

To apply for the NSW Ports 2024 Community Grants Program, or for more information, click here.

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