Northern Beaches Cycling Club and North Coastal Women’s Shed secure funding for community projects

Sprout directors Lachy and Bridie Ritchie with St. James School principal Adrian Pree.|Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d428782
Sprout directors Lachy and Bridie Ritchie with St. James School principal Adrian Pree.|Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d428782

A CYCLING group and a women's shed have secured funding for community projects but need public votes to secure more.

Northern Beaches Cycling Club and North Coastal Women’s Shed were the first finalists for the Alkimos Beach Seedling Fund, announced on Saturday.

Each group will receive $500 from the fund, which is a grassroots community grant initiative run by Sprout Ventures and supported by estate partners Lend Lease and LandCorp.

Sprout director Bridie Ritchie said the remaining $1145 available in the first round would be split between the groups according to community voting.

‘The fund aims to build the Alkimos Beach community’s sense of connection, belonging and contribution,’ she said.

‘During the three-year stewardship by Sprout Ventures, the fund will be handed over to a community governance structure and will encourage a culture of contribution from local businesses to ensure future sustainability.’

Alkimos Beach developers will provide $1500 per quarter to the fund and 10 per cent of revenue will come from the Sprout community hub and kiosk.

Voting will close on November 30, with polls on the Sprout Hub Facebook page and in the kiosk.

For more information, see www.alkimosbeach.sprouthub.|com.au/seedlingfund or visit the Sprout Hub on Bristlebird Circuit from Wednesdays to Sundays between 10.30am and 4.30pm.