More grassroots grants available for vulnerable communities across Dubbo electorate

New funding is available across the region for organisations providing critical grassroots support to the community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Orana Support Service (OSS) has been successful, with $15,000 approved in the first round of the Empowering and Supporting Local Communities grants program.

Orana Support Service has been providing significant help to the community during the pandemic, and Mr Saunders has called on other local grassroots organisations to apply for round two.

“The team at OSS has done a great job during this trying time, and the collaboration with other groups to help provide food parcels and cooked meals to needy people has been a big part of that,” Mr Saunders said.

CEO of Orana Support Service Tina Reynolds said the funding will be a great boost.

“We’ve been providing food packs, and also delivering up to a couple of hundred freshly cooked meals a day during the height of the pandemic, so this money will help ensure those services can continue into the future,” Mrs Reynolds said.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the incredible work that’s been happening across our community in response to the current outbreak, with local organisations like OSS leading the charge,” Mr Saunders said.

“I’m now encouraging all eligible local organisations to apply for the second round of funding to continue the great work.”

“Eligible community organisations can apply for funding of up to $30,000 for much needed projects, sharing in $3.6 million to provide immediate and essential services.”

“These projects will include programs providing food and essential products, services to help those experiencing domestic and family violence and seniors facing social isolation, alongside wellbeing checks and community activities such as youth groups.”

Applications are now open for the Empowering and Supporting Local Communities program, and can be submitted until 11am on Monday, 11 October 2021.

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