Orange Credit Union Community Grant Support Program Officially Open for 2022 | West Central Daily

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DEMANDS are expected to rise this year, with one of the city’s major bank branches announcing its small grants program now open for 2022. Over the past 15 years, Orange Credit Union’s community grant support program has injected nearly of $500,000 to more than 185 local organizations in Orange and surrounding cities, with its CEO Andrew de Graaff saying it’s been a combined effort. “This valuable input and support from our team has helped deliver local programs, events and projects in many areas of the community,” said de Graaff. “[Also] including education, financial services, culture, sports, recreation, medicine, environment that would otherwise have been out of reach. which would help organizations kick-start community activities for 2022. “Our team is expecting to double the number of grant applications this year and we have already seen more than 25 groups express interest in the program,” de Graaff explained. “The application form has been simplified to encourage as many groups as possible to apply [and] it is important that they meet the criteria and link and align their project with Orange Credit Union’s vision, mission and values ​​as we continue to transform and grow for current and future generations. In 2021, the program saw six successful applications obtain funding for various projects, however, due to COVID-19, half of the events were either postponed or canceled altogether. These were the Millthorpe Public School and Molong Public School SMARTS arts program, with eight schools from the LGA of Cabonne gaining support, as well as JAM Orange for the Winter Jazz Festival, the Rotary Club of Orange for its sustainability exhibition and Headspace Orange with its “Goal Digger” training and mentoring program for high school students. “This grant has helped us to help our clients access the programs and tutoring run by Clever Cookie Academy to enhance their education and help them with their academic success,” said Ms. Emma Crisp of Headspace Orange, “[and] we look forward to the opportunity to apply in 2022 to further support our local youth. “Guidelines for funding will include projects under the umbrella of environment, sports, sustainability, culture, education or financial literacy. “We are proud to ‘give back’ to strengthen our community and support those who are making a real difference to improve the lives of others,” added de Graaff. More information on OCU’s assessment criteria and how to apply is available online at Applications close at 5:00 p.m. on 30 April 2022. To read more articles, download the Western Daily news app on the Apple Store or Google Play. the form below: