Funding boost for community programs following online vote
In a South Australian first, 13 community programs selected by the public through an online vote will receive grants of up to $100,000 each as part of a new program to involve citizens in Government decision making.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the Fund My Community initiative is about giving the public the purse strings and supporting positive social programs.
"More than 100 community organisations put forward ideas, and more than 2000 people voted on the YourSAy website for the programs they felt deserved funding," Mr Weatherill said.
"Grant winners include important social programs that support homeless youth, people with disability as well as veterans experiencing post traumatic stress.
"I am very keen at exploring the different ways that everyday people can get involved in Government decision making – initiatives like this as well as GovChat, our Citizens' Juries and our Country Cabinets are achieving this objective."
Winning projects include:
- $100,000 for the Royal Society for the Blind to train four assistance dogs for veterans experiencing post traumatic stress disorder
- $80,000 for Time for Kids to recruit and train 200 volunteer carers to work with at risk children
- $75,000 for JusticeNet SA to pilot a free legal service in the District Court for disadvantaged South Australians
- $62,789 for Novita Childrens' Services to provide in-home physiotherapy for children with a disability.
One of the recipients, Foodbank of South Australia, received $79,780 in funding for a new truck to distribute surplus food to those in need.
"Foodbank's application to purchase a refrigerated truck is a great example of the programs that South Australians felt deserved government funding," Mr Weatherill said.
"A new truck will enable Foodbank to pick up and deliver surplus food that would otherwise have gone to landfill and to distribute it to those most in need in the community."
"We will now look at the effectiveness of this program, to see if it can be applied across other sectors."
For more information about Fund My Community, visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au.