Lord Mayor Salary Trust grants

A project described as a "mental health neighbourhood watch" was among those receiving funding from my Lord Mayor's Trust today.

The Inner City Cadre Project, run by St Vincent's Hospital, provides peer support training for people living in public housing. The project helps members of the community to provide mental health support as carers, neighbours, friends, family or as people affected by mental health issues themselves.

I am pleased my Trust could provide another $10,000 towards this important work during Mental Health Week.

Since 2004, donations from my Salary Trust have given some 60 projects grants worth $1.23 million in total.

My decision to run for Lord Mayor in February 2004 was made in extraordinary circumstances.

The City of Sydney and South Sydney Councils were sacked and forced together just seven weeks before the Council's elections were due.

As I was already the State Member for Sydney, I gave an early commitment that if I was also elected as Lord Mayor I would not accept the Lord Mayoral salary and that I would donate it to charity.

This commitment resulted in the establishment of the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust in October 2004 and I have been donating my Lord Mayoral fees to the Trust since that time.

In 2012, after I was re-elected as Lord Mayor for the third time and the NSW Liberal Government then forced me to resign from State Parliament, I made the decision to donate 50 per cent of the Lord Mayoral Salary to continue the work of the Trust.

The Trust focuses on innovative projects that make a practical difference with real outcomes. These projects often find it hard to get the funding they need, so I'm proud to play a part in helping them.

Two other grants awarded today will help disadvantaged young people express themselves through writing, literature and music.

A grant of $25,400 to the Sydney Story Factory will help support its fabulous after-school program. This program gives disadvantaged primary students and students from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds the chance to work with volunteer tutors to create and write their own stories and see them published.

A grant of $10,000 to the Sydney Youth Orchestras will help provide scholarships for young musicians to make the most of their talent by playing with the SYO. This is a terrific orchestra, and if you've been to one of their concerts you can see them playing with great enthusiasm.

I was pleased the Trust could also provide a grant of $12,000 to the Diabetes Centre at St Vincent's Hospital to provide outreach clinics to homeless and marginalised people at risk of diabetes.

Application forms and information is available from: http://www.clovermoore.com.au/lmtrust/

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