A MUCH-NEEDED website upgrade to directly benefit the greater George Town community will take place, thanks to an Aurora Energy grant.
George Town Neighbourhood House has today been announced as a recipient of Aurora Energy’s latest round of grants, designed to help Tasmanian community groups keep pace and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
With its outdated website almost a decade old, GTNH Community Support Liaison Jessica Berger said the funding was welcome news.
“It is so amazing and we’re very grateful to Aurora. It means a lot to us, as a practical and engaging website is a very useful tool which helps us stay connected as community,” Ms Berger said.
“Our website hasn’t been upgraded since 2012 as we’ve not had the additional funds or the skills to update it in-house. You only need to take one look at our current website to see how desperately the upgrade is needed.
“A new website will enable us to get information out to our clients and help our community access services they might require in this difficult period.”
Along with website upgrades, the grants will support the organisations with projects such as digital fundraising and marketing setup and training, digital storytelling and videography, and CRM/accounting system implementation.
As part of Aurora’s response to COVID-19, the grants were also expanded to assist working or delivery of services remotely.
CEO Rebecca Kardos said the community grants couldn’t have come at a more relevant time given the current global environment.
“We know a lot of Tasmanian not for profits are struggling at the moment and as a proud Tasmanian organisation we’re pleased that we can lend a helping hand during these tough times because it’s our community too,” Mrs Kardos said.
“What COVID-19 has also highlighted is how critically important it is for community groups to expand their scope and reach by becoming more savvy in an increasingly digital world so they can continue to deliver their services online.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with these organisations from across our state to provide them with the opportunity to develop new ways of engagement which will enable them to thrive and assist more members of the community.”
Other successful applicants were Hamlet Hobart Cafe, Laurel House (North and North West Tasmania Sexual Assault Support Services), West Moonah Community House, St Vincent de Paul, Hobart City Mission and Burnie Community House.
For more information on the grants, visit auroraenergy.com.au/about/community/community-grants