Terminals grants program exceeds $35,000

MEDIA RELEASE - 19 February 2014

North Geelong schools, community groups and sporting clubs have benefitted by more than $35,000 following the latest round of funding from the Terminals Community Grants Program.

Terminals established the program in 2012 and in two years has allocated grants totalling $36,139 to 10 different organisations in the North Geelong region.

Funds are allocated for specific projects with a preference for those that improve the local environment, the local amenity and/or promote community education and/or awareness, especially amongst children. Some projects have received as much as $5000.

In the latest round of funding Leisure Networks was allocated $3000 and grants of $500 were awarded to Delta Therapy Dogs - Geelong and North Shore Netball Club.

Leisure Networks focuses, in part, on providing opportunities for financially disadvantaged children to participate in club sport through its Sportsaccess program with the aim of improving their social, mental and physical wellbeing.

The Terminals grant will fund Sportsaccess scholarships for 12 children, allowing them to participate in club sport during winter. Leisure Networks works with schools to identify children in need of a scholarship and then with the applicant's family and a sports club to facilitate their participation.

Terminals support of Delta Therapy Dogs - Geelong is allowing the organisation to run its highly successful 'Classrooms Canines' program at Northern Bay Primary School in 2014. Classroom Canines concentrates on children who have difficulty reading and writing but are not part of a remedial reading program. A trained volunteer and her dog visit the school on a weekly basis to work with students. Reading to a therapy dog increases the children's confidence and their enjoyment of books.

The grant to North Shore Netball Club has allowed the club to establish a Net-Set-Go program for eight to 10-year-old children in 2014. Specifically, the funds will be used to help subsidise the Netball Victoria registration fee, allowing the club to significantly reduce the cost of participation for local families.

Previous grants have been allocated to St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Bluebird Foundation, Saints Hockey Club, North Shore Recreation Club, TS Barwon Navy Cadets, Norlane Community Centre and Northern Bay College.

Australia's leading bulk liquid storage company, Terminals, has been based at its Wharf Road, North Geelong site since 1973. The company continues to request applications from the local community for grants through the Terminals Geelong Community Engagement Group. Applications must be made in writing to: Don McKenzie, Geelong Operations Manager, Terminals Pty Ltd, PO Box 78 North Shore VIC 3214. Grant application information is available here.