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Extending a helping hand to the Ballarat Community

The Courier Charity Fund plays a vital role in supporting community projects in Ballarat. It was established in 2002 as a way to grow funds to benefit local communities without the huge task of charity events and all the hard work and effort that can go with it.

The Courier Charity Fund has been set up with long term benefits in mind; as a way of committing to the community for years to come. The Courier wanted to build and strengthen the community and as such established the sub fund with the Ballarat Foundation. Since it has begun more than $230,000 in grants have been distributed to community projects.

The Courier Charity Fund has distributed funds in the past to organisations such as the SES, the Lighthouse Foundation, Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare and Centacare. More recently, a grant to Peplow House, an emergency relief accommodation centre, has enabled management to upgrade facilities including the kitchen.

Centacare general manager family and community services Deanna Davis and manager NDIS, homelessness and advocacy Virginia Louey in the Peplow House kitchen. Picture: Rochelle Kirkham courtesy of The Courier.

Grants such as the one made to Peplow House, make a huge impact to the Ballarat community; medical equipment such as defibrillators have been purchased and upgrades to various community facilities have been completed.

The 2019 Courier Charity Fund Applications are now open and will close on 20th November. Applications are open to programs that align with Housing Security or promote Early Childhood or Youth Success.

Click here for more information on the grant process and how to apply.