Seedling Fund raises $49,592 for local communities

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We are proud to share that in the fourth year of the local community grant initiative, the Seedling Fund has raised over $49K in funds to 15 deserving community groups in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. The Seedling Fund is a community led grant initiative that recognises the hard work of our community members, and helps community groups, clubs and associations to purchase much needed items to benefit their community. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and belonging, while supporting clubs and groups to form in the early stages of a new development.

The Seedling Fund was launched in the Lendlease and Landcorp community of Alkimos Beach (WA) in 2014, with Lendlease communities in Aurora (VIC) and Calderwood (NSW) launching thier own fund this year.

Recipients have included groups such as the North Coast Womens Shed, Northern Beaches Cycling Club, Enterprising Youth, and Epping North Scouts. The Seedling Fund has supported community groups to deliver a range of initiatives for the community including youth development programs, fire safety education programs, mental health in sports awareness, recyclable bag creation, and art projects.

“Receiving the Seedling Fund Grant was a wish come true for our school community,” said a representative at St James Kindergaten, an Alkimos Beach Seedling Fund recipient.

“Our daily ‘Environment Helpers’ collect the eggs, feed the chooks, water the indoor and outdoor plants and monitor the worm farm and water tanks. How special that the children are immersed in sustainability each and every day.”

Sprout Hub cafes donate 10% of revenue from sales, that's 45 cents per regular coffee! Project parters also contribute to the Fund, in Alkimos Beach Lendlease and Landcorp donate $6,000 per year, and in Aurora and Calderwood Lendlease have contributed $5,000 per round. The aim is to eventually have local businesses chipping in as well, so it will be money donated by the community, for the community!

We think it’s important that the decisions around which ideas projects or groups are to be supported should be handed back to the community. So, the Fund works in a process similar to crowdfunding, whereby the community gets to decide how to distribute the funds through voting (online and physically in our Hubs). It’s all about providing more engaging opportunities for local residents to participate in local decision making.

Charitable and not-for-profit organisations can apply for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities, contributing to their development in building social capital, community welfare, environmental, health, education or cultural area are eligible to apply for the Seedling Fund. Follow your local Sprout Hub social media or subscribe to our newsletter to be informed when applications for the next round.

This year, the Alkimos Beach Seedling Fund was able to donate $14,000 to three finalists. Aurora’s first Seedling Fund has raised over $7,000, and community voting has now opened for Calderwood. Members of the Calderwood community can have their say here. Thanks to every community for their support!

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