Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today joined James Frecklington, Penrith PCYC Club Manager to announce they will receive funding towards their ‘Come and Try’ sports participation program.
Stuart Ayres said a grant of $48,646 was made to PCYC Penrith as part of the Innovation Grant program, which supports multicultural communities in bouncing back from COVID-19.
“The challenges thrown at us by the pandemic has driven innovation at all levels of society, and particularly within multicultural communities,” Stuart Ayres said.
“I commend PCYC for its ‘Come and Try’ project that will encourage people from migrant and indigenous backgrounds to try one of the programs on offer.”
“And this funding won’t just benefit people in Penrith, the PCYC will be sharing its experiences so that similar organisations across NSW can improve their services.”
Minister for Multiculturalism Natalie Ward said the grant program is funding 32 creative, community-led programs, prioritising the 12 former Local Government Areas of concern.
“Many of our multicultural communities have had to dig deep and think outside the square to safeguard people’s wellbeing during this pandemic,” Mrs Ward said.
“We’re now backing these communities to foster that spirit of innovation through developing local solutions to pandemic-related problems.
“And the rewards don’t stop with the individual projects – funding recipients will also be required to share their experiences, so communities across NSW can benefit.”
The Innovation Grant program was codeveloped with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice to support vulnerable communities to innovate and collaborate in developing COVID-19 outbreak solutions.
The Government has approved grants between $29,000 and $200,000 to a broad range of projects run by multicultural community organisations.
For more information, visit: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants/.