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Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) has announced the recipients of its seventh annual grant round, bringing an early Christmas to 23 organisations across the Northern Rivers.

Almost $50,000 will be shared among the groups, although NRCF recognised there was a great deal more demand than supply.

‘Every year the total of the requests we receive far exceeds our gift fund – and this year was no exception,’ said grants committee chair Karin Kolbe.

‘In total, $285,921 was requested and sadly we could only meet 17 per cent of that amount. There were a lot of great programs – we wanted to fund them all,’ she added

Now it is time for the community to return the favour: the foundation’s Christmas appeal is now open, and donations can be made on line at www.nrcf.org.au or by phoning 6621 9996.

Donations are ethically invested and the income is gifted to groups in the region, year after year.

Below is a full list of recipients.

Australia Indonesia Arts Alliance (AIAA) Annual Harmony Day: $1000.00

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) Siblings Day for 7–16-year-old siblings: $1000.00

Ballina District Community Services Association (BDCSA) Weekly art sessions for 10–12 and 11–16 year-olds @ Wardell: $3000.00

BAYFM Community Radio (BAYFM) Telemetry Surveillance of Broadcast Transmission Equipment: $1000.00

Brunswick Valley Historical Society Purchase a scanner for old photographs of the region: $635.00

Byron Bay Community Association – 2012 Byron Arts Classic Build large mosaic wall at BCC: $1500.00

Byron Emergency Accommodation Project (BEAP) Yoga mats, iPods and painting supplies: $1202.00

Byron Shire Early Intervention Association Groups with speech therapist for young children with language difficulties: $4280.00

Byron Underage Drinking & Drug Initiative BUDDI Weekly music mentoring for 12–17-year-olds: $2200.00

Byron Youth Theatre in Education (BYTE) Theatrical training for young people to perform publicly: $2500.00

Casino Neighbourhood Centre part fund construction of cabana style outdoor cooking facility: $3000.00

Centre Against Child Sexual Assault Provide rap workshops: $3760.00

Lismore Soup Kitchen New oven to replace old: $3226.00

Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Fund hotline service $800.00

Ontrack Community Programs – HASI Music Group Weekly music group for people with mental illness $1500.00

Pathways Foundation – North Coast Region Young Stars scholarships for weekend camp for boys $3000.00

Riding for the Disabled (NSW) Tweed Valley Centre New riding paddock mirrors $900.00

Riding for the Disabled Association – Ballina & District Train new coaches $2900.00

STEER Project (auspice by Byron Youth Service) Increase the awareness of safe transport for young people $1500.00

The Buttery INTRA Wilderness adventure for 13-19 year old $2000.00

The Uncle Project Build Billy Carts for the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby $3500.00

UnitingCare Casino Transport Team Day trips for surgery $500.00

Write Your Life Writing workshops for people fighting addiction $1600.00

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