Community Benefit SA program supporting vulnerable South Australians
Disadvantaged youth and people with a disability are the focus of the 50th round of the Community Benefit SA program.
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said CBSA has provided more than $50 million to more than 1000 organisations over the past 18 years.
"This important program has provided funding for a range of projects that support some of the most vulnerable South Australians," Ms Bettison said.
"Interest in the program remains high, with almost 400 community organisations seeking grants last financial year.
"Of these applications, 194 one-off projects valued at more than $3 million were approved, supporting various non-government community organisations to deliver essential services to local communities.
"This latest round of grants has a strong youth focus and will see 10 community organisations share in more than $145,000."
Successful organisations in the latest round include:
- Act For Kids was awarded $8750 to purchase resources for therapists in the Integrated Therapy Program to conduct assessments and individual therapy plans for 50 children who may be are at risk of abuse and neglect
- Lolly Jar Circus Incorporated received $2280 for a volunteer development day to induct 10 volunteers and to provide gymnastic and juggling training to assist 145 people with autism to improve functioning and engagement through weekly circus and outreach classes.
- Northern Refugee United Social Club of SA received $17,630 for a part-time project coordinator, community liaison officer and two community events for its Development Through Football Program, to teach leadership skills to 50 disadvantaged culturally and linguistically diverse youth from the Playford area.
Ms Bettison said CBSA also established a partnership with Disability SA and started the Special Community Youth Grants program.
"In 2013-14, 27 organisations received more than $590,000 to help them adapt to changes in the disability service environment," she said.
"Another 13 organisations will share $5 million over three years to tackle social problems facing young people who are at risk of or are involved with the youth justice system."
For more information on CBSA contact 1300 650 985 or visit www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/cbsa