Seventeen of Wagga’s most deserving local community groups and charities have received a combined $178,700 in funding as part of the 2023 round of ClubGRANTS.
The funding from the local ClubGRANTS committee, made up of representatives from the Wagga RSL Club, Rules Club and Department of Communities and Justice, comes as part of a statewide initiative that provides the framework for registered clubs that receive $1 million in profits from gaming to directly fund local priority projects and services.
Wagga Wagga City Council Director Community Services Janice Summerhayes said the funds would be shared between 17 successful recipients.
“The funding provided by this scheme assists groups that may not have been able to secure financial assistance through other means and helps to ensure valued services and projects continue to be delivered,” Ms Summerhayes said.
The 17 recipients ranged from school groups at Willans Hill and Ashmont Public School to associations such as the Wagga African Association and charities such as Ronald McDonald House.
“We look at the diversity of needs in our community ranging from young people and childcare to community groups. Some of our support groups were those with medical conditions and projects that actually bring people together.”
Ms Summerhayes said Wagga Wagga City Council had been working with the RSL and Rules Club for the past eight or so years.
“It is actually a legislative requirement that councils form a committee in their local area with clubs who have earned over a million dollars in revenue from gaming,” Ms Summerhayes said.
“One per cent of their profits are then given back to the community as part of the ClubGRANTS initiative.
“We (Wagga Wagga City Council) along with our department, Community Justice and community representatives look to make sure that money gets dispersed to where they need some particular products and services like we’re seeing today.
“In our community, we’re really fortunate that we have two active clubs and boards that put back into our community.”
The 2023 recipients and successful projects are:
Wagga African Association – Building culturally appropriate and respectful family relationships through dialogue
Riverina Vision Camp – Riverina Vision Camp 2023
Dreams2live4 – Dreams for metastatic cancer patients in the Wagga Wagga region
Clontarf Foundation – Engage with Year Six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys for transition to high school
Ashmont Public School – Breakfast Program
Ronald McDonald House – Sponsor nights for families in need
Carevan – Pillow Swap Program
Little Wings Limited – Children’s Hospital Flight Program
RSL and Service Clubs Association – Veterans Benevolent Fund
Solve TAD Limited – The Joy of Cycling for People with Disabilities in Wagga Wagga City
Pro Patria – Wagga Wagga Property Trust
Cancer Council Wagga – Wagga Relay for Life
NSW Police Legacy – Matthew Owen Family
Eugowra Flood Appeal – Rebuilding Eugowra
Good Talk Mental Health – Wagga Race Day
St Vincent De Paul Society – Family Fun Day Wagga Showgrounds
Willans Hill School – Bus purchase assistance