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Grant improves pre-school access for Kempsey youngsters


A Closing the Gap Grant from Aboriginal Affairs NSW has supported an Aboriginal run pre-school network on Dunghutti Country in Kempsey to purchase a new bus to transport Aboriginal youngsters to and from pre-school.

Dalaigur and Scribbly Gum Dalai Pre-Schools used the grant to purchase a 12-seater bus which all staff can drive on a normal licence, allowing extra bus services to be run.

The Closing the Gap Community and Place Grants empower Aboriginal community organisations to deliver projects that provide local benefit and tangible impact to their communities against the 17 national Closing the Gap socio-economic outcome targets.

“By increasing children attending our pre-schools they can participate in our language and cultural programs, nutritional programs and early education programs, allied health programs and a vast array of other programs that are supporting the child but also the family,” said Debbie Swanson, Director of Dalaigur and Scribbly Gum Dalai. “It has also supported us in picking up families for community days and meetings when the families often have barriers or challenges around accessing transport services.”

Debbie shares her advice for others considering applying for a grant. “Think big, think about the barriers you have in delivering services to our children, families and community and solutions that could overcome these. Be prepared when applying and make sure that you follow the criteria the application is asking for. It is great to have local data or evidence that you can add to the application to help support your cause.”

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