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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS COMMUNITY GRANTS Eight Local Community Groups to Benefit from 2016 Funding

photocredit_kirra_pendergast-2323Splendour in the Grass has proudly called the Byron Shire home for the past 16 years and is committed to supporting important local community initiatives.

Each year Splendour provides cash donations to worthy local community groups, totaling over $450,000 in grants throughout the Byron Shire since 2000. Some of the previous recipients have included Shara Community Gardens, Byron Community Centre, Billinudgel Pets For life Animal Shelter, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Brunswick Valley Rescue, Mullumbimby High School, Ocean Shores Soccer Club, Tidy Towns Ocean Shores, WIRES, Crabbes Creek Primary School, The Pocket Primary School and Brunswick Heads Primary School.

The response to the 2016 Splendour Community Grant call out was again very strong, with over 40 applications lodged. After careful review and much deliberation Splendour is thrilled to announce the beneficiaries of the 2016 Splendour in the Grass Community Grants!

Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre (Mullumbimby & Byron Shire) – $8,000
These funds will assist with purchasing grocery cards to distribute to those in need. Additionally, they will go towards items for the Shower program such as towels, toiletries, and personal hygiene items.

Pottsville & District Men’s Shed (Pottsville) – $5,000
These funds will aid in the advancement of the health and well-being of men in the community, providing a safe and friendly environment in a workshop space.

Mullumbimby Showground Trust (Mullumbimby) – $4,750
These funds will allow for bush regeneration works in sections of the Showground Trusts’ rainforest zone.

Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Service Inc. (Byron Shire) – $3,500
To build on the current program of social activities and to help subsidise some of the costs for these activities.

Crabbes Creek Primary School P&C Association (Crabbes Creek) – $2,500
These funds will assist in an upgrade of the school canteen as well as food preparation areas.

Brunswick Nippers, Junior Surf Life Saving Club (Brunswick Heads) – $2,000
Three 8-inch foam boards will be purchased and used as a training tool for Nippers aged from 10 to 14.

Byron Youth Theatre (Ewingsdale) – $1,000
These funds will contribute towards a new production focusing on domestic violence and the impact this has on young people.

Year three of a five-year commitment to Ocean Shores Public School Music Program, which will see the school receive $25,000 over five years, providing long-term support for students at the school. The partnership is focusing on music in our community, targeting instrumental, percussion and choral education for students in Kindergarten to Year 2.

This year Splendour is donating $1 from every Event ticket sold to local groups and services, ensuring that those from all corners of the community can benefit from the annual event.

Pottsville & District Men’s Shed President Michael Ryan said “The members of the Pottsville and District Men’s Shed are very pleased that the Splendour Community Grants Committee have granted our shed $5,000, as we are about to start the construction of our new shed on Black Rocks Sports Field, Pottsville. The grant is very timely. These funds will go a long way to help with the cost of fitting out the shed’s meeting / socializing areas. A lot of our members just want to come along and socialize with other men in a friendly supportive environment. A men’s shed needs to provide quiet areas where men can just have a good yarn, as well as providing work areas.”

“We are so happy to be able to give back to the place Splendour has called home for the past 16 years. Assisting with these local initiatives is very important to us, and we hope this contribution will play a part in enriching the lives of those in this community” said Splendour co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.