Call to Action for Clarence Valley Community Groups


It’s time for community groups to start planning the dates for their events or initiatives because applications for Round 1 of the Clarence Valley Council’s 2016/17 Community Initiatives Program open in two weeks.

The council’s social and cultural services manager, Judy Banko, said that last year council launched its new online SmartyGrants system with great success.

“We will use that process again this year, so organisations seeking support under the program will need to lodge applications via the SmartyGrants link at,” she said.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the SmartyGrants application workshops for not-for-profit organisations or individuals at the Grafton Community & Function Centre on February 9 and the council’s Maclean office on February 10 – each from 9:30am.

“The workshops will be fun and interactive and will help groups transition to the new system. Our community projects officer will also be available to offer ongoing individual support via phone, email or in person.

One successful recipient in last year’s round was the Gurehlgam Healing Garden. Council’s Community Projects Officer spoke this week with Healing Centre Coordinator, Janelle Brown, who was excited to receive news that the recent application for funding had been successful. The program funding of $2000 will contribute to Stage 2 of the Centre’s Healing Garden project, and follows a 2014 funding allocation that enabled Stage 1 to be undertaken.

The Healing Centre will now facilitate a community workshop focusing on permaculture principles and native food propagation and uses. Incorporating bush tucker, bush medicine, fruit and vegetables, the Healing Garden will promote connection and understanding of Aboriginal culture, health and well-being, beneficial nutritional practices and reconciliation.

So if you have a project in mind get in touch now:

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