Fremantle Foundation Impact100 winner to have a positive impact

Growing Change’s Renee Gardiner and Jessica Stenhouse, Befriend’s Nick Maisey, Inclusion WA’s Paul Fleay and Denver D'Cruz, Griffin Longley of Night Hoops, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Fremantle Foundation’s Dylan Smith. d445294
Growing Change’s Renee Gardiner and Jessica Stenhouse, Befriend’s Nick Maisey, Inclusion WA’s Paul Fleay and Denver D'Cruz, Griffin Longley of Night Hoops, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Fremantle Foundation’s Dylan Smith. d445294

FOR community groups and not-for-profits, $100,000 can go a long way.

Four local organisations will have the chance to see first-hand how far this money can go after they were named finalists in this year’s Fremantle Foundation Impact100.

It is a concept that has already benefited Form’s 100 Hampton Road project and Dismantle in previous years, the grant money put together thanks to 100 community members donating $1000 each.

This year’s grant will go to an organisation that helps build community spirit by reconnecting disadvantaged people with the wider community.

Fremantle Foundation executive officer Dylan Smith said the four finalists all had amazing programs.

“They each have their own unique qualities and approach and all will have a huge impact on our community if they win Impact100 Fremantle this year, so it will be tough to decide,” he said.

“We’ve had another big increase in support and have reached a good position, but the more people that are inspired to join Impact100 Fremantle, the more impact we will have for our community.”

With Impact100 Fremantle now in its third year, Mr Smith said they had been “blown away” by its success.

“We thought it was a good idea but we are just amazed at how Impact100 Fremantle has been embraced,” he said.

“The Fremantle area has such a strong sense of community and look for ways to get involved and have an impact and Impact100 Fremantle is a great way to do that.

“It’s been embraced because it allows us to directly shape the future of our community, it puts us directly in touch with amazing local organisations and it makes a powerful difference each year.”

The winner will be announced on November 12.