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Community grants top $1.5 million, reach 500 groups

The CBH Group’s Grass Roots community grants program has marked a major milestone, with a total of $1.5 million in grants being awarded over the past five years to 500 community groups, clubs and organisations across regional Western Australia.

The Grass Roots community grants program has been growing in popularity since it was established in 2014, attracting hundreds of funding applications each funding round from community organisations located in grain growing areas.

The program is part of CBH’s Community Investment Fund and provides grants of up to $5,000 for community-related events and up to $20,000 for small scale infrastructure projects in two funding rounds, February and August, each year.

CBH General Manager Grower and External Relations Brianna Peake said the $1.5 million milestone was reached following the conclusion of the latest funding round in which 57 groups shared in $150,000 of funding.

“Our Grass Roots grants program has sought to fill funding gaps for regional events and projects that directly benefit growers and their communities,” Ms Peake said.

“Over the past five years, the Grass Roots community grants program has contributed to small scale infrastructure projects as varied as solar panels, playgrounds, gardens, toy libraries and water tanks, and community events such as agricultural shows, music concerts and science workshops.

“We look forward to continuing our support of regional communities into the future.”

The next funding round will open on 1 February 2020. More information can be found on the CBH website.

View the list of the successful Grass Roots Fund recipients from the August 2019 funding round.