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Grants aimed to ease poverty

TWEED organisations with an interest in eradicating poverty are being encouraged to apply for grants worth up to $150,000.

The money can be used to stage activities to raise awareness of global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals.

The goals are a set of targets agreed by 189 countries, including Australia, in 2000 to reduce poverty and advance human development by 2015.

Last year the world passed the half-way mark to the goals and leaders including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledged to call their communities and private sectors to renewed action on achieving the targets.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot issued the Tweed call as part of a new $1.5 million pilot initiative, the Community Call to Action.

“The Community Call to Action can give your organisation the opportunity to reach out to our community and be a part of a movement to change the lives of millions of people,” Ms Elliot said.

Funding is open to community groups, professional and peak bodies, membership-based not-for-profit networks and small businesses and organisations not already receiving funding through the AusAID-NGO Cooperation Program.

Applications close on September 7.

For further information on the Community Call to Action, call (02) 6206 4435 or visit the website www.ausaid.gov.au



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