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Applications for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) 2020 Community Kitchen Grants program open today. The grants provide an opportunity for rural and regional New South Wales community organisations to apply for kitchen goods, valued at over $20,000.
By providing functional kitchen upgrades, the RASF Community Kitchen Grant program aims to transform the buildings and facilities which form the heart of rural and regional communities across the state.
Successful applicants will receive benches and cabinetry, along with at least $10,000 worth of appliances and whitegoods including gas cooktops, sinks and refrigerators.
RAS Foundation Manager Cecilia Logan says a kitchen upgrade can go a long way in our rural and regional communities.
“Showgrounds and local halls are the meeting places for our communities. They host events and fundraisers that bring people together,” Ms Logan said.
“The kitchens are designed to benefit the wider community, so applicants must demonstrate the activities, programs or local events that a new kitchen could support.”
2019 winner Alex McNeilly, Project Manager at the Nowra East Community Garden Kitchen Project Team, says the RASF Community Kitchen Grant has been life-changing for the Nowra East community.
“This grant enables our organisation to complete the internal build of our Nowra East community kitchen, where we’ll host new programs such as Aboriginal Koori cook-ups, seniors cooking classes, garden to plate cooking and more,” Mr McNeilly said.
“Making this available to the wider community supports social cohesion, inclusion and health, and creates a strong resilient neighbourhood kitchen community.”
Applicants must be a community organisation such as a community centre, welfare organisation, church, service club, sporting clubs or local show society and kitchens must be accessible to the wider community.