In March, our not-for-profit the inGrained Foundation launched its Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020, which invited local social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000 and show how their projects contribute to ‘regeneration and social connection’ – this year’s theme.
With $100,000 in total funding, applications closed on 22 May after a six-week extension to allow applicants to navigate any disruptions caused by COVID-19, leaving the Grants Committee blown away by the 55 applications submitted.
Now, the inGrained Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of the Grants Program 2020, so please join us in a round of applause for the following organisations:
Rainforest 4 Foundation
Rainforest 4 Foundation will embark on a largescale regeneration project across fire-impacted Huonbrook, Wanganui and Upper Wilsons Creek, where the organisation will engage residents, landowners, volunteers and the Aboriginal Madhima Gulga bush regeneration team in mitigating the risk of future bushfire through weeding, planting and increasing biodiversity.
Mullum District Neighbourhood Centre
The Mullum District Neighbourhood Centre will launch a nutritional food relief and food sustainability project for community members experiencing financial difficulty and/or social isolation, in which participants can connect and engage in food preparation together.
Tweed Landcare will put their grant toward wildlife regeneration in the fire-affected area of Terragon in the Tweed Valley, which engages local residents and landowners in improving safety for local wildlife and installing waterers, nest boxes, hollows and sensor cameras for animal tracking.
Support for New Mums
Volunteer-led organisation Support for New Mums will use their grant to relaunch their volunteer home-visit program for new mothers without local support networks in the Tweed Shire, with the aim to reduce isolation and create connections for participants following childbirth.
Zero Emissions Byron
Volunteer-run organisation Zero Emissions Byron will use their grant to part-fund their RePlant Byron Community Connection Project, which aims to drawdown carbon and reinvigorate local biodiversity around degraded pastureland. Located in nearby Bangalow, the site will be prepared for the planting of 3,500 locally grown native rainforest trees with Aboriginal firestick burning practices, locally produced biochar and the involvement of the community, local Aboriginal people and special-needs groups across two public planting days.
Autism Camp Australia
The total funding pool also included a $15,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by our crew, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money. Together we selected Autism Camp Australia as the sixth recipient, whose ‘Employee Funded Grant’ will enable them to purchase musical and play equipment that assists the development of young people living with autism.
We at Stone & Wood and the inGrained Foundation are stoked with the results of this year’s Grants Program. We congratulate each of the successful applicants and look forward to seeing their projects come to life, and thank all the organisations who took the time to apply this year.