Schools, sporting clubs, arts groups and Indigenous projects from western NSW have the chance to share in $100,000 to help them kick their goals.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is stumping up cash as it continues its mission to “encourage and support our communities” beyond providing education.
Its Community-University Partnerships (CUP) grants program provides funding of up to $20,000 across five different categories.
The power of $1000 grants made last year was on display at the 2018 launch of the program at CSUs Dubbo campus on Friday.
Buninyong School As Community Centre local facilitator Lorna Brennan told guests the funding had been used to help migrant families, facilitating English language conversation classes for parents.
“Theyve gone on and done loads of things, because its given them the confidence to go out into the community and ask questions and find out for themselves and how to engage with their childrens schools and things like that,” Ms Brennan said.
We really want to encourage and support our communities.
CSU Dubbo head of campus Cathy Maginnis
The Early Intervention Support Class of Orana Heights Public School received $1000 last year to add sensory, gross motor and fine motor equipment to increase student participation.
Further west, St Johns Parish School at Trangie added mathematical resources to classrooms thanks to CSUs gift.
“We thank Charles Sturt University for the generous grant that enabled our small rural school to be able to purchase up-to-date contemporary learning mathematical resources for our classrooms,” teacher Xanthie Kerin said.
“With this grant we have been able to launch our little school into contemporary 21st learning, leading in world-class math practices.”
In 2017, a Head of Campus small grant was awarded to Condobolin High School to install swing gates in the existing cattle yards to ensure safety for students and animals.
“The purchase of the gate makes the yards safer the students to work in and increases their confidence in handling stock,” agriculture teacher Katrina Thomas said.
CSU Dubbo head of campus Cathy Maginnis encouraged members of local communities to apply for the funding to support their activities.
Ms Maginnis said the university was there for the public good.
“…we really want to encourage and support our communities,” she said.
“So we provide education but we want to give back to more than just education, so we really want to support and engage with our communities.
“The CUP initiative is all about the university supporting groups and organisations in Dubbo and the surrounding region in achieving goals.”
Online applications have opened for the 2018 CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program, with other programs to follow.