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Australia : Delivering Safe and Vibrant Communities: $2 Million in CBF Grants.

The Territory Labor Government is delivering safe and vibrant communities with almost $2 million dollars in grants announced for community organisations across the Territory.

The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Territorians want and deserve to live in safe and vibrant communities and the Community Benefit Fund (CBF) grants offer vital one-off support to organisations that provide that. CBF grants enable not-for-profit groups to support the delivery of programs through infrastructure and equipment. These programs contribute to community lifestyle and advancement in areas like sport, recreation, arts, care or public amenities, she said. Community Benefits Funds Grants total $1.88 million in funding with: $1.4 million in Major Community Grants funding for 16 community organisations; $207, 623 in Small Community Grants funding for 32 organisations; $261,000 in the gifting of nine vehicles.

Minister Fyles announced the Stuart Park Child Care Centre as one of 16 organisations to benefit from a major community grant, receiving more than $90K to upgrade the playground, perimeter fencing and educational tools. Autism NT have also been successful in their application for a vehicle to help support the 500 families they work with in Darwin and Palmerston, she said. They'll now be able to expand physical support and service further across the territory to residents in Katherine, Jabiru and Pine Creek. Letters are being sent out to all grant recipients this week across the regions to let them know of their success. Minister Fyles said this will be the final round of grants under the current system. The CBF is funded by a levy on hotel and community gaming machines. It puts money from gaming machines back into community programs and organisations via a series of one-off grants, she said.

But the fund that started in 2002 with a pool of hundreds of thousands of dollars is now delivering millions, we need a better system to administer this. Minister Fyles has launched a review of the multi-million dollar Community Benefits Fund (CBF) to maximise the benefit for Territory organisations and programs. Territorians want a government that always puts them first and finds innovative ways to improve funding models," she said. "We came to Government promising greater funding certainty for the NGO sector and community groups. "Thats why we are looking at expanding the scope of what can be funded by the CBF, so more Territorians can benefit."

The review will be completed early in the New Year, with grants reopened soon after that.

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