NSW Surf Clubs Receive Volunteer Grants

NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs have received a significant funding boost of $73,327 from the 2013 Volunteer Grants program through the Federal Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affair’s.

With the clubs putting in their own applications for the incredibly competitive grants it was a great result to see that twenty surf clubs from across the state received an average of $3,666 each to enhance the capacity of the clubs and to assist and encourage volunteering.

Hunter Surf Clubs proved the most proactive with all 13 clubs receiving grants including Birubi Point, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach, Cooks Hill, Dixon Park, Fingal Beach, Merewether, Newcastle, Nobbys, Redhead, Stockton, Swansea Belmont and Tea Gardens Hawks Nest each receiving between $1000 and $5000.

From the Illawarra region it was Bellambi, Sandon Point, Towradgi and Windang Surf Lifesaving Clubs that received grants.

Forster SLSC, Gerrigong SLSC and Pambula SLSC were the other clubs who received grants.

The grant money will help clubs pay for a number of things including the purchasing of small equipment, reimbursing fuel costs, assisting disabled members and the contribution to the reimbursement of training costs and running background checks for members.

Surf Life Saving NSW Partnerships Manager, Alistair Russell, says it is a great achievement that Surf Clubs continue to get recognised for their contributions to the community as not-for-profit organisations.

“The 2013 Volunteer Grant funding was so competitive around the country and for so many Surf Clubs in NSW to be successful on this occasion; it is a testament to the hard work that our volunteers are doing every day around the state. The funding will undoubtedly be a huge boost for these surf clubs and hopefully even more clubs apply next year for the grant,” said Alistair Russell.

Nationally 33 surf clubs were successful with seven in QLD, three in Victoria and two in South Australia.

Thu 1 Aug 2013