My Lord Mayoral Trust gave $114,590 to worthwhile project this week, bringing the grants from my Lord Mayoral fees to over $953,000 for around 45 projects since I was elected Lord Mayor in 2004.
I presented five grants yesterday for projects to promote literacy among disadvantaged children; help overcome discrimination against street women; provide support for people with mental health issues in the City's housing estates; provide creative opportunities for disadvantaged women; and help rescue abandoned animals.
The grants were made from the charitable trust that I set up to honour my commitment not to accept the Lord Mayoral salary. Instead, my Lord Mayoral fees are paid directly into the Trust, and are used to fund innovative projects. The five new grants were made to:
- Inner City Cadre Project ($42,000): This service trains people with mental health issues, their carers and the community to help care for each other. Mental health is a key issue for public housing tenants and the project will involve tenants in Northcott, Woolloomooloo, Glebe, Redfern, Ultimo and Millers Point over the next two years.
- Sydney Story Factory ($25,000): Opening in Redfern in September, the Sydney Story Factory aims to promote literacy among children by encouraging a love of words and stories. Cunningly disguised as a fantasy shop, the centre will offer one-on-one tutoring and workshops for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly from Aboriginal backgrounds and where English is not the first language. Volunteer tutors will help 50 children a week by the end of 2011, rising to 200 a week by 2013. The grant will support a demonstration at the 2011 Sydney Writers' Festival in May to recruit volunteer tutors and let families see the project in action.
- RESPECT: A Woman's Right ($20,000): The grant will allow Lou's Place, a day centre for homeless women, sex workers and other women in need in Potts Point to develop training programs for police recruits and emergency department staff to combat discrimination against such women.
- Staffy Rescue ($16,000): For the past seven years, Staffy Rescue has found loving homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. The Trust grant will enable the service to purchase 10 additional kennels and dog beds, enabling it to rescue more dogs.
The Trust welcomes applications seeking support for:
- community environmental and sustainability initiatives;
- projects enabling people who are mentally ill, drug and alcohol dependent or socially disadvantaged to rebuild their lives;
- projects assisting homeless people or young people at risk; and
- projects promoting animal welfare.
Grants may be made to charitable organisations operating wholly or partly with the City of Sydney and which have benevolent status under Commonwealth tax legislation and are endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and tax exempt by the Australian Taxation Office.
Members of the public may also contribute to the Trust and I encourage others to support the many worthy causes within our City, often run by volunteers, to help those in need.
Application forms and information about applying for grants are available from:
- www.clovermoore.com.au - click on "Learn More" at the bottom of the page.
- The Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Association Incorporated, Locked Bag 510, Balmain Post Office, Balmain NSW 2041.