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Community Grants Support Program 2022 now closed.

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The Community Grants Support Program 2022 is now closed for online applications. 

CEO, Mr Andrew de Graaff said Orange Credit Union was founded on ‘helping people to help themselves and each other’ so this program demonstrates the value the organisation places on developing the community where we work, live and play.

“We are proud to ‘give back’ to strengthen our community and support those who are making a real difference to improve the lives of others,” Mr de Graaff said.

“Through the efforts of our team backing locals, over 185 local organisations in Orange and the surrounding region have received grant funding support totalling almost half a million dollars over the past 15 years.

“This valuable contribution and support from our team has helped to deliver local programs, events and projects across many sectors of the community, including education, financial services, culture, sports, recreation, medical, environment that may have otherwise been out of reach.”

A wide range of not-for-profit organisations, community groups, schools, local government projects have strengthened their offering as successful recipients of small grants (up to $5000), including Headspace Orange, JAM Orange for the Winter Jazz Festival, Orange Rotary Club for its Sustainability Expo, Millthorpe Public School and Molong Public School’s SMARTS art program with 8 schools in the Cabonne LGA.

Headspace Orange Community Awareness Officer, Ms Emma Crisp said: 'We were so grateful to be awarded the $5,000 Community Grant in 2021. This grant has assisted us in supporting our clients to access programs and tutoring run by Clever Cookie Academy to enhance their education and aid them in their academic success. We look forward to the opportunity to apply in 2022 to further support our local young people.”

Festival Co-ordinator with JAM Orange, Mr Luke Wilkinson said: “The Orange Winter Jazz Festival will be an incredible event for the community, its venues and local artists. We’re incredibly thankful for the support that Orange Credit Union offered through their Community Grant Program.”

Orange Credit Union was recently recognised by Orange City Council in the Australia Day Awards for its efforts as the leading Business Philanthropist for 2022.

Mr de Graaff said following COVID-19 lockdowns and with many fundraising events, projects and programs being put on hold or cancelled, there is a resurgence in the demand for funding to help kick-start community activities once more.

“Our team is expecting double the amount of grant applications this year and we have already seen over 25 groups express their interest in the program. The application form has been simplified to encourage as many groups as possible to apply. It’s important they meet the criteria and link and align their project to the vision, mission and values of Orange Credit Union as we continue to transform and growth for now and future generations,” he said.

Online applications for the 2022 Community Grants Support Program are now closed. 

Mr de Graaff continued: “You can’t always see us but the team at Orange Credit Union is always here for you. We are locals, backing locals and backing the community. As we continue to evolve, we are exploring new ways to help develop the community and get them on the path to Financial Fitness such as, our upcoming free Digital Banking and Stay Safe information forums to help the community feel confident online,” he said.

To register for an upcoming Financial Fitness info. forum, please contact #YourTeamOrange on 6362 4466 or email ocu@orangecu.com.au

 

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