NGOs get R2m to help Capetonians

2015-07-21 06:00

The City of Cape Town will give a total of R2 million to community organisations that help residents.

Community organisations working in the City’s areas of focus can apply for a portion of the funding now.

The policy allows for funding to be made available to external organisations to help deliver services in the City’s area of responsibility, to enable community development.

The City has an established grant-in-aid policy, but this is the first time that the social development and early childhood development directorate is disbursing the funds.

“Our directorate is only a few years old and so until now our focus has been on getting our internal policies, process and programmes up and running,” said Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development.

“We are now in a better position to build partnerships with community organisations working in the social development sector for the benefit of our residents.”

Community organisations working in the areas of early childhood development, street people, substance abuse, youth development, vulnerable groups and poverty alleviation can apply for funding.

The minimum amount per project is R100 000 and the applications need to include a description of the project and a business plan.

“We are bound by legislation to do proper checks and balances and to ensure that the funds are spent wisely.

“I am excited about the prospect of empowering organisations to help us change the social fabric in our communities where the need is greatest,” adds Little.

Application forms for grants are available at the various social development and early childhood development district offices.

For more information call Patty des Fountain on 021 417 0141 or Fatima Davids on 021 417 4086.

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