COMMUNITY organisations were the big winners at the recent Blacktown City ClubGRANTS presentation.
A statewide scheme was formed in 2001 for clubs to identify and fund projects that addressed community welfare and development, social services, health or employment assistance activities.
Registered clubs in NSW that earn $1 million in gaming machine profits must contribute 1.85 per cent of profits to community projects each year.
The Blacktown scheme has funded 721 projects worth $7.5 million since then.
This year, 33 projects shared $380,000 — ranging from wheelchair basketball, computer upgrades and domestic violence awareness to Christmas festivities, healthy eating programs and playgroups.
Among the big winners were Emerton Public School ($35,982) and KU Hebersham Preschool ($25,000) for speech therapy.
Pathways Community Care got a combined $48,500 while the WASH House and Pam Place received more than $20,000 each for various projects.