Snowy Hydro injects $200K into local community groups

Tumut Agricultural Society gains funding for 150 year anniversary.

SNOWY Hydro this week announced 30 local community groups will benefit from $204,000 in funding for Round 1 of Snowy Hydro’s 2024 Community Grants Program. 

Included in the grants awarded were organisations such as Batlow Apple Tree Learning Centre (new kitchen), Talbingo Historic Church of Saint Paul (accessibility ramp), Lacmalac Hall (installation of ceiling fans), Snowy Hydro Family Fund Day (2024) for Mental health Awareness Month, Tumut Agricultural Society (150 years celebrations in 2025) and the construction of permanent weather shelters at the Tumut Clay Target Club among others.

Tumbarumba community received grants for six community projects along with Cooma, Corryong and Jindabyne regional groups.

Snowy Hydro CEO Dennis Barnes emphasised the importance of the Community Grants Program in supporting local initiatives. 

“The Snowy Hydro Community Grants Program is essential to our commitment to fostering vibrant, resilient communities,” Dennis said. 

“By funding these projects, we are helping to build stronger local connections, enhance community health and wellbeing, and promote sustainable development across the region. 

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the positive impact these grants have on our community.” 

This round of community grants attracted a record number of applications, with 89 submissions, highlighting the demand for funding within the local community. 

The successful applications highlight the diversity of the Snowy Mountains region and the range of great initiatives and ideas generated by local community groups. 

These include local events that foster community spirit, race meets to support local community fundraising, equipment for health services and respite housing that enhances well-being, tourism signage to boost the local economy, tree-planting activities that preserve our environment, and solar installations that promote sustainable development. 

All projects aligned with Snowy Hydro’s four community commitment pillars: education and development, health and wellbeing, regional capacity building, and the environment. 

The next round of the Community Grants Program will open in September 2024. 

Snowy Hydro invites all local community groups to apply and share their innovative ideas. 

Community groups interested in applying can find more information and application details on our website www.snowyhydro.

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