SMC grant scheme kicks goals for local communities

Past recipients of Sydney Motorway Corporation’s (SMC) Community Grant Scheme gathered at the WestConnex Centre at Sydney Olympic Park recently to celebrate the next round of the scheme and celebrate its successful first year.

SMC Director Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Maryanne Graham called on the community to take advantage of the scheme, which has so far delivered dozens of grants to help schools, sporting groups and community organisations.

“The Community Grant Scheme is about leaving a positive legacy and investing in local groups with a strong community focus along the WestConnex corridor,” Ms Graham said.

“We’re encouraging local groups such as schools, sporting associations and social enterprises with a strong community focus to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support communities within the WestConnex corridor, with applications now open.

“WestConnex is already providing road users with lasting benefits, with the widened New M4 now open between Parramatta and Homebush. At the same time, we are very focussed on delivering strong connections within communities.

“Last financial year we received a wide range of very worthy applications for grants to deliver initiatives which make a real difference in the community.

“Schools, childcare centres, charities and support centres as well as community groups all benefited from SMC’s Community Grant Scheme.”

Previous recipient Associate Professor Judith Trotman from the Concord Cancer Centre at Concord Hospital said a $10,000 SMC grant had enabled the purchase of a new ECG machine for the Haematology Clinical Research Unit, which conducts world-leading clinical trials to access new therapies to treat a range of blood cancers, including leukaemia.

“The application process for the grant couldn’t have been easier. Most importantly, the grant has ensured patients participating in our clinical trials can have their heart monitored within the research unit, easing the burden on the Cardiology unit and reducing waiting times. “

This year there will be three rounds for groups to make an application for a grant.

Applications are assessed on whether the initiative connects communities, contributes to the sustainability focus areas, provides a sustainable legacy for the local economy, community or natural environment, and helps people within close proximity to the WestConnex corridor

Round one of the SMC Community Grant Scheme is open now until 1 September 2017. For more information visit www.sydneymotorway.com.au/grants