City of Swan awards $40,000 to two community projects

Pic: David Baylis. Volunteer Samuel Loku with South Sudan Community Association of WA president John Aciek and volunteer Olivier Ngarambe.
Pic: David Baylis. Volunteer Samuel Loku with South Sudan Community Association of WA president John Aciek and volunteer Olivier Ngarambe.

THE South Sudan Community Association of WA aims to engage about 200 young people of South Sudanese or African background with the help of a $20,000 windfall.

A series of activities for those aged 12 to 25 will become part of its Youth Pro-Active project.

It is one of two groups awarded with grants for community projects from the City of Swan.

Midland-based not-for-profit Indigo Junction received $24,583 to launch Community Connect to provide a safe space for people to express themselves, share stories and feel a sense of belonging.

Mayor David Lucas said the two groups could bring their great community ideas to life.

“Many community groups and organisations need grant funding to get their projects, activities and initiatives off the ground,” he said.

“The City is delighted to support Indigo Junction and the South Sudan Community Association of WA to support their fantastic community-enriching initiatives.”

Whiteman Ward Councillor Adam Kovalevs said this year’s grants program focuses on three key areas.

“These focus areas are social inclusion, community safety and sustainable environment, which are some of the most important community needs,” he said.

“Eligible organisations offering a project or activity in the City were encouraged to apply for a grant, valued between $5,000 and $25,000, for an initiative that would address these areas.

“I look forward to seeing the Community Connect and Youth Pro-Active projects achieve great outcomes for our community.”

For more information about the grants, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/availablegrants.