NRCF 2013 Annual Grants Giving Celebration

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Despite a challenging financial year, Northern Rivers Community Foundation’s (NRCF) investments have produced $57,000, which were shared by 22 organisations at the recent Grant Giving Ceremony, held in the picturesque Byron Bay Herb Nursery. Their annual grants program is funded by giving away 100% of the income earn’t each year from investments, donated by the community, and supports social, environmental, cultural and educational needs.  This will bring the total distributed by NRCF to over $650,000.

Every grant decision NRCF makes is important, and results in a compounding positive difference to people’s lives.  All the organisations they help are really vital to a broad range of services to the northern rivers community. For example: 

The wonderful work of volunteer drivers at Uniting Care Casino Transport Team who will drive 55 aged care residents in Casino to medical appointments in Lismore.

So too is Autism Spectrum Australia, North Coast who will use their NRCF grant run a fun day for 7 to 16 year olds who have a sibling with Autism Spectrum.

The Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative (BUDDI) will use their NRCF grant to fund the YACROCKCAFE - Youth Music Program, which provides a drug and alcohol free environment for weekly music and entertainment, fostering young musicians to future careers in the entertainment industry without drugs and alcohol. 

Lifeline Northern Rivers will be able to provide of personal counselling services to people accessing Winsome Homeless Shelter/Soup Kitchen. 

The Byron Youth Theatre will be funded again, this time to raise awareness of youth sexual health through interactive theatre performance and workshops in local schools. 

Funds are always needed to continue to train coaches at the Ballina and District Riding for the Disabled, as demand for their services exceed trained volunteers; it’s a magical place of healing that it brings out the best in everyone participating. RDA, Tweed Valley Centre will be able to purchase a saddle, bridle, halter and rug for “Smarty”. 

NRCF will again provide two scholarships to support disadvantaged students to study at Southern Cross Uni. The Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre in Lismore will be funded to provide two full year scholarships to Indigenous music students. 

The Buttery’s vital Family Counselling Program will be supported with a salaried counsellor over the next 6 months. 

Youth Connections North Coast together with Kyogle Together, are being supported to run Kyogle Youth Ventures, which will focus on adventure, challenge and appropriate risk taking in the outdoors, to reduce the need for unhealthy risk taking in young adults. 

The need for financial support is continuos, and the community can help, with a donation that works year after year. Can you help? If you would like to make a donation to help NRCF help more community organisations like those above, visit our website.  All donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.