Ten non-profit organisations and community groups have shared more than $67,000 worth of precious funding from the ClubGRANTS scheme.
The funds come from Richmond Club, Windsor RSL and Panthers North Richmond.
Groups to benefit were: Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop, Golden Valley Children’s Learning Centre, Bridges Disability Services Inc, Youth Off The Streets, McGraths Hill Children’s Centre, Hobartville Long Day Care Centre, Windsor High School, Hawkesbury Community Kitchen, The Living Room and Learning Links.
Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett was called on to hand over the funds during a presentation morning at council.
Projects funded include providing food to the homeless, reading kits for a child care centre, a puppy pre-school program for guide dogs, and medical equipment for St Johns Ambulance.
The ClubGRANTS scheme replaces the Community Development Support Expenditure Scheme, which was introduced in 1998.
The scheme was developed to advise registered clubs on priority needs in distributing a percentage of gaming machines profits to local organisations.
Since the scheme’s introduction, close to $1 billion has been distributed, supporting a range of schools, charities, sporting groups, agencies working with the disadvantaged and health services.