FOUR Leeton shire organisations will be able to undertake projects they previously may not have been able to thanks to a funding injection.
Leeton Community Care Development, the Leeton Multicultural Group, the Rotary Club of Leeton and Western Riverina Arts are all set to receive thousands of dollars each under the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) in partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.
The grants are part of FRRR's Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program - a five-year initiative to strengthen Leeton's not-for-profit organisations and support them to make lasting impacts in the shire.
Leeton Community Care Development will be receiving almost $32,000 to increase organisational capacity by enabling the upgrade and purchase of vital equipment to ensure compliance and sustainability of #oneleeton operations.
These #oneleeton or #ngumbaayleeton events as they are known are held on a fortnightly basis at Gossamer Park in Wattle Hill.
The Leeton Multicultural Group is the biggest winner of the four recipients, taking home $150,000 to enable locally-led solutions to regional migration by building organisational strength in the group through the recruitment of an operations manager.
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Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Leeton is set to receive $35,000 for its Step-Up Leeton: Building Capacity from the Ground Up initiative.
This program aims to respond to volunteer fatigue by building a diverse volunteer bank for the Leeton community by providing new pathways for partnerships and learning.
Lastly, Western Riverina Arts will be $60,000 to employ a Leeton Museum development officer.
The idea of this role will be to increase the capacity of the six museums in the Leeton shire area.
The funding for the multicultural group and Western Riverina Arts is to be used over a three-year period.
IRCF program manager Alli Mudford was pleased to see Leeton shire groups benefiting from the initiative, which is now in its second year here in town.
"Leeton's not-for-profits have been working hard to identify common issues and develop strategies that will support their long-term sustainability," Ms Mudford said.
"These latest grants will help these local groups with much-needed resources to employ locally skilled people to support growth, organisational efficiencies and take the pressure off their amazing volunteers.
"We look forward to continuing to work with Leeton not-for-profits, supporting them as they implement their community roadmap."
As well as the funding, the Leeton Arts Society, Leeton Community Op Shop and the Rotary Club of Leeton have also been given the opportunity to participate in tailored workshops this month.
These sessions will build skills in their leadership teams and work on areas such as effective communication, strategic planning and governance.