The Playford Alive community is set to benefit after six groups received funding for local projects this week. A total of $20,000 worth of funding was donated via the ninth round of the Playford Alive Initiatives Fund. City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the fund provides opportunity for all groups, be they large or small, to apply for grants that can make a tremendous difference to their sustainability and how they support the community. “The organisations that have been supported will deliver some fantastic projects to the local community, encouraging local people to participate more in community life, break down barriers, encourage integration and greater understanding between different cultures, and improve employment opportunities,” Mayor Docherty said. “This is what Playford Alive is all about; a City of Opportunity, supporting the community’s hopes and aspirations to be vibrant, thriving and sustainable.” Since the fund was established in 2009, $695,000 has been provided to benefit the Playford Alive community, as well as $1.25 million for the upgrade of the John McVeity Centre and $2.25 million towards the construction of the Stretton Centre. The fund is an initiative of Renewal SA and the South Australian Housing Trust, supported by the City of Playford. Funding recipients:
Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated - $5000 for therapy dog and handler visits in local nursing homes, mental and disability services over 12 months;
Northern Communities of Hope Youth - $5000 for equipment and resources, including for events, activities, mentoring camps and volunteer training for local young people at the Davoren Park Youth Outreach;
Northern Communities of Hope - $3000 to expand craft supplies and outdoor game resources at Swallowcliffe Primary School;
Northern Area Community & Youth Services (NACYS) Incorporated - $3200 to create a new community space with art materials and plants in the walkway between Swallowcliffe Primary school and the NACYS site;
Habitat for Humanity Australia SA - $3200 for the Habitat Shed Construction Supplies Management Project, a new initiative to engage, train, educate and offer work experience to disadvantaged youth, long-term unemployed and disengaged community members;
Coo-inda Over 50s Club - $325 for a catering trolley, making it easier for club members to set up and put away catering at their weekly meetings.