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Social and community connections continue grow at Playford Alive, with more than $11,000 awarded to four organisations in this year’s Playford Alive Initiatives Fund (PAIF) annual grant round.

Established in 2009, the PAIF has provided nearly $800,000 towards projects and initiatives that protect and enhance the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the local community.

This year’s grant recipients include:

Playford Uniting Church, to help stage its annual WonderFULL Christmas Festival – a popular, free event for families to gather and enjoy good food, music and festive activities.

Community Matters Playford Inc, which acts as a collective voice for the community on issues that directly impact residents, making representations to council, government and other key bodies.

Andrews Farm Soccer & Community Club, for helmets, caps, pads and gloves for its male and female players of all ages and abilities.

Playford Men’s Shed, for more storage space to enable better use of their workshop for personal and community projects, alongside their fundraising barbecues, games, lunches and social outings.

Shane Wingard, Renewal SA’s Executive Director of Residential Project Delivery and Assets, said the grants program is a great example of Renewal SA’s commitment to creating thriving communities.

“One of the key priorities spelled out in our new Strategic Plan is that we are about more than just building houses – we are here to form connected, vibrant communities where people want to live,” Mr Wingard said.

“The community organisations we support through this fund are enhancing the wellbeing of the Playford Alive community physically, mentally, socially and environmentally.

“This fund is supported through our partnership with The City of Playford and SA Housing Authority – two other arms of government that share our ambition to see Playford Alive continue to grow and thrive.”

The Playford Alive Initiatives Fund allocates $25,000 in grant funding per annum – grants of less than $1,000 are open all year round via the Playford Alive website.

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