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Applications open for round one of 2017-18 Community Grants Program

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Are you an individual, group or organisation seeking funding of up to $3000 to undertake a project that will better the community?

Applications are now open for round one of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2017-18 Community Grants Program, and close at 11.59pm on August 27, 2017.

The Council is seeking applications for projects within the Roper Gulf region that benefit economic development, the physical or natural environment, or community activities.

Applicants may apply for up to $1000 for minor projects, and up to $3000 for major projects.

For more information about the Community Grants Program, click here, or contact the Grants Coordinator by calling 08 8972 9038 or emailing grants.ropergulf@ropergulf.nt.gov.au.

Media Release: Food security, tourism and youth sport big Community Grant winners

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GAME ON: Netballers from the remote community of Ngukurr will receive training and a once-in-a-lifetime sporting trip to Melbourne thanks in part to a $2000 funding windfall through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Program. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

GAME ON: Netballers from the remote community of Ngukurr will receive training and a once-in-a-lifetime sporting trip to Melbourne thanks in part to a $2000 funding windfall through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Program. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

A sports camp for some of the Northern Territory’s most isolated children and a garden-to-table sustainability plan in Ngukurr are two of the seven projects that will share $15,000 in funding through round two of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Program.

The Council announced the recipients at its final Ordinary Meeting of 2016 on December 14, with the NT branch of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) set to receive a $3000 major grant that will assist with running a two-day sporting event that will offer a “sense of community” for rural families.

ICPA Katherine branch President Kerrie Scott said the inaugural sports camp, which will be held in Mataranka in April 2017, would bring distance education students together to try their hands at team sports they would have otherwise had no exposure to because of geographic isolation.

“This much-needed camp will focus on team sports that remote children have very little exposure to,” she explained.

“It will develop gross motor skills, introduce team building, promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices, promote good mental health through social interaction with peers, promote equality in sport, encourage collaboration between organisations, and most importantly, instil a sense of community for isolated families.”

Mrs Scott added that the grant would allow families to make the journey to Mataranka without some of the financial burden associated with long-distance travel.

“It is always our aim to make our events accessible to every child without adding further financial pressure to families,” she said.

“It is not just a 10-minute drive on a Saturday morning for our kids to participate in sport; some of these families will travel long distances across dirt roads, and may be the only sporting activity they can be involved in.

“I would sincerely like to thank the Roper Gulf Regional Council for awarding us $3000 through the Community Grants Program that will enable us to hold our very first ICPA sports camp in Mataranka.”

The Ngukurr community is also celebrating its success in the round two allocations after the school and netball team received major grants of $3000 and $2000 respectively to help fund a food security project and a once-in-a-lifetime netball trip to Melbourne.

The Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Berto, congratulated recipients and said the diverse range of projects that were successful in securing funding were at the core of what the Community Grants Program aimed to facilitate.

“The Community Grants Program is a way for Council to provide financial assistance for projects that will enhance the liveability, economy and environment of the Roper Gulf region,” he said.

“The fact that Council has contributed $30,000 to 12 projects in just two rounds demonstrates how successful the program is, and that organisations see it as a trusted pathway to securing the funding needed to turn community project concepts in remote areas into a reality.”

The seven recipients are:

Major funding category (up to $3000)
• Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association NT branch – 2017 sports camp ($3000)
• Ngukurr School – Sustainable Garden to Table project ($3000)
• Mataranka Tourism Working Group – Stay, Play and Explore Mataranka and Surrounds project ($3000)
• Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre – Young Makers project ($2000)
• Ngukurr netball team – netball training and trip to Melbourne ($2000)

Minor funding category (up to $1000)
• Never Never Festival Committee – Stay, Play and Explore Mataranka and Surrounds project ($1000)
• Big River Hawks – participation of girls’ team in under-18 NTFL competition ($1000)

Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Grants Program provides financial assistance of up to $3000 for projects that will benefit community events and activities, economic development, or the physical or natural environment.

The next round of applications will be announced in July 2017.

View the full Media Release here.

 

Applications open for round two of 2016-17 Community Grants Program

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Are you an individual, group or organisation seeking funding of up to $3000 to undertake a project that will better the community?

Applications are now open for round two of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Program, and close at 4.30pm on November 25, 2016.

The Council is seeking applications for projects within the Roper Gulf region that benefit economic development, the physical or natural environment, or community activities.

Applicants may apply for up to $1000 for minor projects, and up to $3000 for major projects.

For more information about the Community Grants Program, click here, or contact the Grants Co-ordinator by calling 08 8972 9038 or emailing grants.ropergulf@ropergulf.nt.gov.au.
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Media Release: Community Grant turns page on push to preserve Indigenous language

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ENGAGING ENTERPRISE: Margaret Duncan and Sarah Barrow outline what went into producing the Alawa Colouring Book, and how it will provide an engaging way for children in the Minyerri region to learn more about the language.

ENGAGING ENTERPRISE: Margaret Duncan and Sarah Barrow outline what went into producing the Alawa Colouring Book at its launch on September 7, and how it will provide an engaging way for children in the Minyerri region to learn more about the language.

A $1500 Community Grant has helped develop a unique teaching resource that will create cultural awareness and help younger generations preserve the Alawa language.

The end result of the innovative project – which was a collaboration between the Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre and Enterprise Learning Projects, and partially funded by Roper Gulf Regional Council – is the Alawa Colouring Book, and children from across the region could not wait to get their hands on a copy following its launch at the Katherine Public Library on September 7.

On its pages, the outlines of a range of animals are depicted beside their Alawa name, allowing children to engage and learn more about the language as they pick up their coloured pencils.

Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre’s Phelecia Daylight said she hoped the novel approach to language would make it more interesting for children.

“I hope kids learn more about language,” she said.

“Maybe it makes language easier.”

Enterprise Learning Project’s Sarah Barrow helped spearhead the creation of the book and thanked the Council for its involvement.

“Language preservation is a priority for the Minyerri community; Elders know that language strengthens connection to culture,” she explained at the launch.

“It’s a terrible tragedy that over 150 traditional Aboriginal languages have been lost, so it was a privilege to work alongside the community to produce the colouring book.

“This grant was wonderful – it was very flexible, which was just what was needed for this project.”

Enterprise Learning Projects and Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre representatives Lillian Tait, Laura Egan, Phelecia Daylight, Margaret Duncan and Sarah Barrow show off the Alawa Colouring Book, which was produced with the assistance of a $1500 Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Grant.

Enterprise Learning Projects and Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre representatives Lillian Tait, Laura Egan, Phelecia Daylight, Margaret Duncan and Sarah Barrow show off the Alawa Colouring Book, which was produced with the assistance of a $1500 Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Grant.

The Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Berto, congratulated stakeholders on the launch of the book and said it was a tremendous example of what could be achieved with funding through the Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Grants Program.

“This is what it’s all about,” he explained.

“The Community Grants Program is provided by Council to better communities in the Roper Gulf region, and what better way to do that than by creating something that will help preserve the Alawa language.”

The book is available at the Finch Cafe, Katherine Visitor Information Centre and via the Enterprise Learning Project website, with a digital copy also accessible for download at the Katherine Public Library.

Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Grants Program provides financial assistance of up to $3000 for projects that will benefit community events and activities, economic development, or the physical or natural environment.

Round two is open from October 17 until November 25 and applications can be made by calling 08 8972 9038 or emailing grants.ropergulf@ropergulf.nt.gov.au.

View the full Media Release here.