Westfund Community Grants Program now open

Round One of Westfund Health Insurance’s Community Grants Program for 2019 is officially open.

From 1 June, eligible community organisations are encouraged to apply for a share of $120,000 in annual grants. The program also includes Westfund’s Here for Hearts program, which provides access to defibrillators for eligible organisations.

The program launched in 2018 and has exceeded all expectations.

“The Westfund Community Grants Program is an opportunity for us to support those organisations in our community that are really making a difference,” said Westfund CEO Matt Banning.

“We were delighted at the diversity and quality of the applicants in the inaugural year of the program and look forward to another round of strong applicants.”

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One previous application that stood out was from Borenore/Nashdale Men’s Shed.

The group were successful in their application for a defibrillator through the program after identifying a need for the device to provide peace of mind for the Shed’s older membership.

The Shed is located 17 kilometres from the nearest medical assistance and in the case of sudden cardiac arrest, every second counts.

Shed members are hoping that in reality, their new defibrillator it gets very little use.

“Personally, I hope that it sits on the shelf and never gets used,” said president Max Davidson.

Community groups are encouraged to check their eligibility for a Westfund Community Grant and apply online before applications close on 30 June.

PHOTO: Borenore/Nashdale Men’s Shed members Max Davidson and Ian McAndrew receive their defibrillator from Westfund Regional Manager