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Banking on their community

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
The 2019 recipients of the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch Meander Valley Community Grants, at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.  Photo supplied

The 2019 recipients of the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch Meander Valley Community Grants, at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.

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ON THURSDAY evening on 4 July, the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch held their 2019 Meander Valley Community Grant Presentation at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.

Five community groups in the Meander Valley area received grants as part of this year’s Meander Valley Community Grants Program.

Branch Manager Simon Rootes said the grants would be used to carry out improvements and projects that would benefit the Meander Valley community.

Ranging from $3000 to $25 000, the bank grants support a range of projects across the Meander Valley, many of which would not be viable without financial assistance.

Grant recipients included Aged Care Deloraine, whose Christmas Joy project received $3300 to brighten up Grenoch for the residents with a 25 foot high Christmas tree, to be covered in lights!

Bracknell Football Club received $8000 for their Clubroom Facility Upgrade project and Deloraine Dramatic Society received $25 000 for their Lighting Upgrade into the 21st Century project which will complement the new sound system recently installed at the Little Theatre.

Edmund Rice Camps Tasmania received $4950 for their North West Programs in 2019–2020, providing recreational holidays and camps for disadvantaged 7–16 year olds.

Westbury Cricket Club was granted $8000 for their Tables and Chairs project, to help furnish their new facilities currently under construction.

The grants support community services and partnerships that enhance, promote and develop the Meander Valley community.

As well as directly funding small projects, the grants assist in creating financial leverage for organisations to successfully apply to local, state and federal governments to fund larger projects.

Simon Rootes pointed out that everyone who banks with the Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch is helping make this happen.

Since opening in 2005, Deloraine & Districts Community Bank® Branch has returned more than $1 675 000 to the Meander Valley community.