Community groups receive more than $500,000 in grants
Around 30 local community groups have shared in over $500,000 to help them support some of the State's most disadvantaged people.
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister, Ian Hunter said a total of $582,400 had been divided amongst 31 community projects in metropolitan, rural and remote areas as part of the State Government's Community Benefit SA program.
"The one-off grants are used by these organisations to help communities become more connected, independent and resilient," Mr Hunter said.
"The projects are designed to help with community infrastructure, and to foster communities that are inclusive and improve the life skills of disadvantaged families and individuals.
"The program seeks to improve the quality of life for some of the most disadvantaged people in the community. Those who directly benefit from this funding include carers, older people, aboriginal communities, people with disability and individuals with mental health issues," Mr Hunter said.
Some of the recipients of the most recent grants include:
Greek Orthodox Community of SA Inc - a $33,810 contribution to provide disability friendly facilities across five halls to increase engagement and meet OHS&W needs.
Ernabella Arts Inc - $4,800 to purchase kilns to support 30 Aboriginal people on low incomes from the Pukatja Community who make artworks for exhibitions in the local ceramic and painting studios.
Boystown - $6,230 for woodworking equipment to improve the social enterprise program to benefit 16 disadvantaged young people from Port Pirie.
District Council of Grant (Youth Advisory Committee) - $40,380 to buy a vehicle and establish a pilot learner driver program to help disengaged and disadvantaged young people from the Mount Gambier region.
Lions Club of Strathalbyn and District Inc - $9,853 contribution to a $40,720 project to fit- out a catering van. This van will provide 2,000 people per year in the Alexandrina region with a mobile service to support Emergency Disaster Recovery, rural events and fundraising.
For more information about the Community Benefit SA program call 1300 650 985 or visit www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/cbsa