New community grants program

Central Coast accounting and financial planning firm, AdviceCo, has partnered with the Count Charitable Foundation (CCF) to launch a Community Grants Program in which charitable organisations are invited to apply for a $20,000 cash grant.

AdviceCo and CCF will each contribute $10,000 to one charitable organisation before June 2021.

AdviceCo Managing Director, David Evers, initiated the program off the back of an extraordinary 2020, filled with challenges and adversities that have impacted the living conditions of members within our community.

“Our community engagement program enables us to donate and participate in the community each year, but this year, we needed to think differently to address current challenges and make a meaningful difference where it counts,” Evers said.

“We’ve consolidated our available funds and partnered with the Count Charitable Foundation to build one solid grant.

“We wanted to make access to the grant fair and equitable to those who have the best understanding of community needs right now, so we created the application process.”

Former CEO of Coast Shelter and Founder/Executive Director of Creating, Rachel Willis, is one of four judges who will take part of choosing the recipient.

She said the grant is coming at a time when charities need it most.

“This grant opportunity comes at a really important time for charities on the Coast, many whom have been on the front line supporting our community during a time of unprecedented demand for support,” Willis said.

“I was thrilled to be invited to be part of this program and to support a new initiative designed to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of fellow Coasties.”

Founder and Chairman of the Count Charitable Foundation, Barry Lambert; Managing Director of AdviceCo, David Evers; and Editor of Central Coast Business Review, Edgar Adams; are the other three judges.

Applications are open from now until the end of March 2021 and involve a brief 500-word proposal of how applicants would put the $20,000 towards a current or future project for the Central Coast community.

To be successful, charities must possess Deductible Gift Recipient Status 1.

Media Release, Nov 27