Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Denmark Community's Future Fund boosted

    7/11/2007 1:10 PM

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford today doubled the fledgling Denmark Community’s Future Fund (DCFF) when he presented a cheque to Denmark Shire President Kim Barrow.

    The $16,000 cheque was funded through the State Government’s Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) challenge grant program and the WA Community Foundation (WACF).

    Mr Ford said the DCFF model was an excellent example of the State Government, community and business working together to build stronger communities through sustainable and long-term partnerships.

    Not-for-profit community groups applying for funding through the GSDC’s challenge grant program receive dollar-for-dollar funding, with the applicants required to raise money from their own community. The money is then put into an endowment fund that can continue to receive donations, generating a permanent income stream for worthwhile local causes.

    “This is a great model for promoting philanthropy within local communities,” Mr Ford said.

    “The money that is raised locally is spent locally, and everyone who donates money to help establish their local community fund knows that the amount will be doubled by the challenge grant funds.”

    The Denmark Community's Future Fund committee will assess applications to the fund for a range of local community and charitable projects.

    Mr Ford said the State Government provided funding of $100,000 to the GSDC in 2005 to kick-start the challenge grant model in the Great Southern.

    “The funding to the Denmark Community’s Future fund is the second payment out of the Great Southern fund, with Albany Lions Community Care recently receiving $10,500 to help improve respite facilities and services for carers,” he said.

    Great Southern Development Commission CEO Bruce Manning congratulated the Denmark community for its generous spirit that had enabled the Denmark Community’s Future fund to quickly reach its target.

    “This is a great example of a practical partnership with a community,” Mr Manning said.

    “It demonstrates the community’s commitment, with the reward being a doubling of their initial financial contributions.”

    Denmark Community’s Future fund chair, Dr Gillian Sellar, said the fund was a great opportunity to stimulate and sustain a dynamic, philanthropic culture among the Denmark community.

    “The Denmark Community's Future fund gives local people a chance to contribute to the social, cultural and economic well-being of our community now and into the future," she said.

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