CLOSE to $30,000 has been donated back into the community by the Leeton Soldiers Club under the ClubGRANTS program.
The ClubGRANTS scheme provides registered clubs in NSW with tax rebates of up to 1.85 per cent of their gaming machine profits when they spend an equivalent amount on community development and support.
It is a great feeling because we know just how much it can help. Sometimes it can be tough for community organisations to raise money in smaller towns.Leeton Soldiers Club secretary-manager Adam McIntyre
It is a mandatory requirement to donate money back into the community.
This year the Soldiers Club has given more than $29,000 to various community groups and organisations.
They included the MIA Branch of MS Australia, the Gralee School P&C, St Vincent de Paul, SteppinOut4Youth, the Leeton Amateur Swimming Club and more.
Leeton Soldiers Club secretary-manager Adam McIntyre was pleased to give the organisations a helping hand.
“It is a requirement we give this money out over the different categories,” he said.
“It is a great feeling because we know just how much it can help.
“Sometimes it can be tough for community organisations to raise money in smaller towns.
“Hopefully this money helps them in one way or the other.”
The ClubGRANTS Fund is a state-wide funding pool for large scale projects associated with sport, health and community infrastructure.
Mr McIntyre said other groups should as Ronald McDonald House and Camp Quality had also benefited.
“While we give the money to our (Leeton shire) organisations, we also like to give some to places like Ronald McDonald House in Wagga because we know Leeton families use those services,” he said.
“Hopefully everyone will be able to put the money to goof use.
“I know everyone we have given the funds to was really pleased. They have to apply for it, but it’s still great to see them happy to be receiving it. As a club it’s something we enjoy doing.”
A presentation of the funds was held at the club last week, with representatives from many of the groups taking part.