THE eThekwini Municipality donated almost R3 million Grant-in-Aid funding to 107 beneficiaries providing assistance to several NPOs. The NPOs, from various municipal wards, received cheques from the municipality’s sundry Grant-in-Aid programme worth R28 000 each.The programme provides financial and material support to NPOs, especially impoverished communities. The cheques were handed over by Mayor Zandile Gumede and the community services committee chairperson, councillor Zama Sokhabase. Addressing beneficiaries, Gumede said the municipality is committed to supporting NPOs because of the good work they do in their respective communities. “We recognise that NPOs are important pillars of our communities, which is why we will continue to support these organisations so they can deal with various issues at ward level,” she said.Gumede said the Grant-in-Aid programme provides funding to community organisations to enhance the work they provide. “We acknowledge the immense contribution made by NPOs.”She said the municipality supports different sectors, including youth organisations, senior citizens, community projects and soup kitchens. “We also seek to promote and support early childhood development,” she said. Issuing a warning to corrupt organisations, Gumede said: “Those found misusing taxpayers’ money will face the full might of the law. You must use these funds for the benefit of the community you are serving.”Senior manager of policy and administration at the community participation and action support unit Xoliswa Mashiane said the number of organisations that benefit from the grant depends on the number of applications the City receives and the number of organisations that qualify. Organisations were screened and verified to ensure they are not phantom organisations.”Mashiane said her office was expecting reports from the benefiting organisations, outlining the work they have undertaken as per the memorandum of agreement. “We will also visit your organisations without notifying you. We want to see if you are doing what you committed to do. We want you to continue to be the extension of government by continuing to do good work.” - Supplied.