Funding available to help boost employment

Last year’s recipients, the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group' Blueprint Kitchen received funding for equipment to use for its training program. Photo supplied
Last year’s recipients, the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group' Blueprint Kitchen received funding for equipment to use for its training program. Photo supplied

People interested in making a positive difference to their community are being encouraged to apply for funding from not-for-profit company Enterprise and Training Company Limited (ETC).

Funding can support programs like the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group's Blueprint Kitchen which received funding last year for equipment to use for its training program.

Chairman Rod McKelvey said the $300,000 in community grants is available as part of the ETC Community Support Fund.

"The fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate," Mr McKelvey said.

Organisations could apply for up to $30,000 each with funding for small projects also encouraged.

Applications are assessed based on how well they align with ETC's focus on employment and training, and meet one or more of the funding objectives:

· Contribute to reducing disadvantage faced by the unemployed and/or other disadvantaged groups

· Support the availability and/or sustainability of employment and training opportunities

· Enhance community support services and/or build community capacity

The ETC Community Support Fund has provided $1.1M in funding to 130 worthwhile organisations since 2012.

"Some of our beneficiaries have included Forster Neighbourhood Centre, Red Dove Café, Bushland Health Group Limited for Tidy Up Taree, Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc, Harrington Community Action Group Inc, and Old Bar Preschool."

For further information and/or to apply online visit www.etcltd.com.au/csf. Applications are now open and close on April 15.