We've awarded $60,000 in Grants to Business, Community, Individuals and Families across the Northern Rivers

With a little help from our friends at American Express, this year we've been able to deliver more support than ever before! Meet this year's Community Grants recipient's and follow their stories to help take back momentum and create a better future in our region.

Bodhi Glow - Amma's Farm

Bodhi Glow - Amma's Farm

Bodhi Glow is a Wilsons Creek local farm sanctuary used to rescue and home unwanted animals. The SCCU Grant will be used to introduce Amma’s Garden, an acre of land that will be used to grow fruit and vegetables without chemicals. The produce will be used to help feed those in need in our community, with plans to run a weekly community kitchen providing free food and care packages to help people in need.

If you’d like to learn more about the work they’re already doing, head to their website here.

Georgia & Gisela Conechado - Fundraiser for WIRES & Friends of the Koala

Georgia & Gisela Conechado - Fundraiser for WIRES & Friends of the Koala

Georgia and Gisela are a local family who were deeply concerned about the impact our recent bushfires had on our wildlife. They wanted to do something positive and have since created beautiful watercolour art works that will be used for fundraising. The cards will be printed and sold in local businesses to raise funds to support Friends of the Koala and WIRES Northern Rivers with their great work.  80% of proceeds will be donated to the charities and 20% invested back into the project, making it self-sustainable and future focused.

GCB Environmental - EnviroSPEARS Green Technology

GCB Environmental - EnviroSPEARS Green Technology

GCB Environmental want to establish EnviroSPEARS as a member of the Enterprise Lab at Southern Cross University, and introduce the EnviroSPEARS technology to the Northern Rivers. EnviroSPEARS is a green technology designed for remediation of contaminants and other chlorinated toxins from soil and sediments, a proven technology developed by NASA. The EnviroSPEARS technology will support local agribusiness by providing a green alternative to remediation of previously unusable farm land by removing harmful DDT from within the soil.

Young Warrior Leadership Project

Young Warrior Leadership Project

Young Warrior Leadership Program is a four day camp for 11-16 year old young men and women: based on indigenous cultures – an initiation process marking the transition from child to adult. It’s a safe environment for young people to test themselves, in confidence, personal leadership, emotional literacy, and teamwork. The SCCU Grant will cover 50% of the cost, providing scholarships for up to 22 young warriors hoping to participate.

To learn more about the project click here.

Precious Plastic Northern Rivers

Precious Plastic Northern Rivers

Precious Plastic Northern Rivers are looking to create a community-access plastic recycling centre. Instead of going into landfill or being sent overseas, the idea is to have plastic waste recycled in the Byron Shire and provided to local designers and craftspeople as a raw material for innovative use. Turning cheap raw materials into new, beautiful and useful creations. The SCCU Grant will cover the cost of purchasing three machines that help shred, melt, and recycle plastic collected from our local region.

Pottsville Beach Community Hall Inc - Christmas Lunch

Pottsville Beach Community Hall Inc - Christmas Lunch

Pottsville Beach Community Hall Inc hosts the PBNC cook up team who collect rescued food weekly; prepare, cook and distribute healthy ‘homemade’ meals to people in need. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, without the installation of a commercial grade dishwasher for the hall, the annual Christmas lunch could not take place. However, the SCCU Grant will allow them to host the Christmas lunch this year and get the PBNC cook up team back in the kitchen.

Thankyou to Everyone Who Applied!

This year saw an overwhelming response with close to 200 entries from across our region. We thank everyone who applied, voted for their favourites, and showed their support for this program. No matter the result, we encourage all who applied to share your stories with us throughout the year and look forward to your applications in 2021.

  • Key Dates

    Thursday 6th August: Grants Applications Open

    Wednesday 30th September: Applications Close

    Tuesday 6th October: Finalists Announced and Voting opens

    Friday 30th October, 5pm: Voting Closes

    Monday 16th November: Recipients Announced!

  • Categories

    All applications will need to self allocate from the categories below however we provide this to encourage ideas, and have an ”other’ categories because we understand not one size fits all.

    Art and culture

    Initiatives related to the celebration, preservation or ongoing impact of arts, cultural and heritage projects in the Northern Rivers and Tweed region. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community arts projects, restoration of items or areas with historical or cultural significance, performances.

    Education

    Initiatives that support imparting information or knowledge, skill sharing or improve delivery of teaching and education services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as teaching aides and resources, reading programs, creating access and opportunities to engage in education.

    Sport and recreation

    Initiatives providing sport and recreational benefit to the wider community. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as shade for events, sporting equipment, uniforms, upgrading facilities, first aid equipment, tournaments, and training programs.

    Environment and sustainability

    Initiatives that focus on building awareness, preservation, engagement with and/or sustainability of the natural environment. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities such as community gardens, sustainability education, restoration or care of ecosystems.

    Health and well-being

    Improving community access to health and well-being services. Example projects may include equipment, services and/or facilities for youth groups, mentoring programs, community health services, health education, training and development programs.

    Tourism

    Initiatives promoting our region as the place to holiday. Example projects include activity programs/attractions to bring tourists to the area and promote the Northern Rivers highlights, education on our region, and big name events.

    Digital and Tech

    Improving community access to digital and tech availability and quality in the Northern Rivers. Ideas to drive improvements, upgrades, change and aim in the betterment of our area using tech advances.

    Hospitality and Retail

    Initiatives enhancing community lifestyle and improvement in the hospitality and retail industries. Examples include ideas to introduce new and exciting business operations to our community.

    Other

    Any other ideas that do not fall into the above categories.

  • The Little Details

    *We aim to make the application process simple and give every applicant an equal opportunity to produce a quality application. This includes questions to guide you through submission criteria, including category and whether you are applying under the ‘Take Back Momentum’ or ‘Create a Better Future’ themes.  Within your application, you can also outline the amount you are applying for as the SCCU Grants Program provides between $1k and $20k to successful applicants, awarded amount limits stated are subject to change

    While we welcome individuals, businesses, families and community groups to consider applying, unfortunately the following are ineligible for support through this program:

    • Individual pursuits such as debt repayments, travel or ongoing medical treatment
    • Events where another financial institution, bank or insurance competitor are a sponsor
    • Programs that could be detrimental to public health or safety, discriminatory, or offensive to the community
    • Projects of a political or religious nature
    • Events that encourage smoking, substance abuse, irresponsible alcohol consumption or gambling
    • Organisations and events outside the Northern Rivers Region

     

    Additionally, the following Terms and Condition’s apply:

    • During the application process, it’s expected you’ll be able to explain how the funding would be used should you be successful, and allow SCCU to follow and publish the progress of your Grant allocation for a minimum of 12 months. This may include requests to provide media content or imagery that SCCU can publish to share your progress.
    • Completion of the application form is a critical part of our evaluation process which we use to measure your application against our selection criteria.
    • We ask for an initial photograph to be submitted with each application, and upon providing, permission for SCCU to use in advertising is granted
    • All applications will be reviewed after the closing date of 30 of September 2020, with all applications that meet the eligibility criteria considered. Finalists will be advised via email, along with details of the voting process to follow.
    • The voting numbers received during the process form a part of the decision process to award Grants, but do not determine recipients alone.
    • One vote allowed per email address
    • All eligible applicants will be advised via email within 2 business days of the outcome of their application after the successful recipients have been determined.
    • If your application is successful, we will contact you to award funding and discuss ongoing engagement. If your application is unsuccessful we encourage you to reapply next year, as well as consider applying for our Referrer Rewards Program.
    • All applicants must satisfy all relevant and applicable terms have been appropriately disclosed.

    For more information in relation to eligibility criteria please contact us.

  • 2019 Recipients

    Reforest Now

    A non-profit organisation based in Byron Bay, Reforest Now grows and plants trees to combat climate change and restore ecosystems. The Reforest Now nursery is located in the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, and grows 23,000 native Australian trees each year. The nursery is currently at maximum capacity with three tunnels, and Reforest Now will use our Community Grant to build a 4th misting house tunnel, that will increase their capacity by 100% (an additional 23,000 trees per year) to help meet the growing demand for trees to be replanted in our region.

    Shedding Community Workshop

    Shedding Community Workshop aims to provide a unique, supportive and ‘hands-on’ workshop environment for members of the community to come together and develop sustainable skills in carpentry, building and everything in between. A popular community workshop pilot already, this Community Grant will be used to meet the growing demand for, and provide equitable access to, a range of up-skilling workshops, inclusively benefitting all members of our community – young and old, men and women, parents and families. Our $5,000 will provide an additional 20 free community workshops, every Friday for a 5 month period, where members of our community will learn life skills, that will help create a connected, resilient and sustainable community

    The S.H.I.F.T. Project

    The SHIFT Kitchen at Bangalow Heritage House is a community initiative that supports women experiencing homelessness and disadvantage in the Byron Shire. It aims to increase the health and wellbeing of women by increasing their knowledge and skills in healthy cooking, and increasing their employability. Our Community Grant will introduce a hospitality employment path that will provide professional training for project participants, including Food Safety Supervisor courses and Barista Training courses, along with the equipment to provide them skills to return to the workforce.

Thanks to our Friends at American Express for their Support this Year!

Proving how businesses can come together to make a real impact, an additional $10,000 was added on top of our $50,000 Community Grants program thanks to our international payments partner, American Express.

“The grant gives us the opportunity to further develop a product here in the Notthern Rivers region that will benefit local industry, and contribute to a regional research hub that may provide contamination remediation solutions for the global market in years to come. It encourages us to take the first step in what we hope is a long journey.”  
Grant Brown - GCB Environmental
On behalf of the members of the Cudgen Rural Fire Brigade a sincere thanks to the Southern Cross Credit Union for their recent generous donation of $839.00 The funds will be put towards the costs of fitting map lights and hard wiring in a GPS, an Ipad, and accessory charging sockets in the Cudgen Cat 7 Fie appliance. These items will greatly assist in our fire fighting duties. Your support is very much appreciated. Many thanks! Judy Eglington Secretary / Treasurer
Cudgen Rural Fire Brigade
Kingscliff Netball are proud to be partnered with Southern Cross Credit Union and have recently had the privilege of utilising their meeting rooms for our committee meetings. The room is very user friendly, great amenities and the space we needed to spread out and get the job done. The girls were very helpful in ensuring everything was set up for us just as we needed it and we look forward to making use of this room on a regular basis in the future. Courtney Jones - President
Kingscliff Netball Club
Thanks for making available the conference room at Southern Cross Credit Union’s Head Office today. Being able to utilise your facility at short notice for staff promotional interviews/assessments was very much appreciated by both the panel and the candidates. Conducting the interviews/assessments away from the Fire Station and staff also enabled the assessments to be conducted in a confidential and professional manner. Thanks again Insp Gary White, Duty Commander Regional North 2
Fire and Rescue NSW
I’m so thrilled we decided to have our team development day in SSCU’s Mirrabooka room. Toni and Zoe were extremely friendly and accommodating, they had everything set up for us by the time we arrived.  Jo loved the ‘state of the art’ IT system, her power point presentation and laptop integration worked like a breeze.  I also found the flip charts extremely useful for discussion notes.  The space was big enough for individual team sessions and intimate enough for everyone to hear. Morning tea and lunch worked seamlessly, we had everything we needed in the kitchen and the outside sundeck was delightful. The team loved the coffee machine! It certainly helped with the quiet times in our meeting! Overall the day was a huge success! Thank you so much for creating a local facility with the class and sophistication of the city! I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Deepest thanks Jude McColm  
Tweed Coast Plan Management
One of our lovely volunteers just returned from picking up leftover Daffodil Day merchandise from Jenny at First National. Jenny informed her that Southern Cross Credit Union was integral to their success in raising over $2,000. Thank you for supporting this event. I believe you also hosted a Pink event today- thank you also for that. It’s wonderful to have the support of local businesses. Funds raised help us support local cancer patients and their families and also contribute to research projects and advocating to government.
Cait
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