Charities and Community Organisations on the Northern Beaches are set to receive emergency funding to support locals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic downturn.
As part of the part of the Government’s new Community Support Package, Catholic Care Diocese of Broken Bay, Prosper (Project Australia) Incorporated, St Vincent De Paul Society NSW and The Salvation Army (New South Wales) Property Trust will receive a share of the additional $126,428. This is on top of the current funding for the Northern Beaches statistical area of $258,274.
Northern Beaches Federal MP, Jason Falinski said the Government understands this was a trying time for relief providers facing rapidly increasing demand while dealing with challenges in maintaining the workforce and distribution lines needed to operate.
“These are difficult times, and there are many charities and community groups locally, who are working very hard to support the community. This funding injection will enable Northern Beaches organisations to increase local support and outreach services, and continue their great work.” Mr Falinski said.
Mr Falinski also added the investment would assist locals batting the devastating impacts of the coronavirus.
“There are many people in our community doing it tough right now, which is why I am pleased the Government could deliver this much-needed funding to support emergency cash payments, food, everyday bills, transport and school supplies,”
“Many people reaching out to these services may have never needed this type of assistance before, so we need to make sure we have the right supports in place to help people through this period and bounce back stronger when it’s over.”
Mr Falinski said the Commonwealth funded providers would be working with other local organisations to ensure people could access services quickly.
“I encourage local organisations to work with the Commonwealth funded providers in their area to ensure that those who need support are able to get it, when and where they need it,”
“Community groups and charities like Vinnies, the Salvos, Catholic Care and Prosper are what make our community so great.”
Contact details for funded providers can be found on the Department of Social Services’ directory at https://serviceproviders.dss.gov.au/
Overall across the country the Morrison Government is providing an immediate $100 million to Australian charities and community organisations.