The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation held a special morning tea during the Sydney Royal Show to award grants to community groups and recognise RASF Rural Scholars.
The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation offers a range of scholarships and grants each year to worthy individuals and community groups.
The charitable foundation encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong, sustainable rural and regional communities.
RASF chairman Michael Millner said the grants and scholarships built skills and focused on capacity.
At a special morning tea during the Sydney Royal Show, he thanked donors and supporters.
"Rural towns around the state are in drought and this will help alleviate the burden for families and communities," he said.
Community-minded people were awarded up to $25,000 for projects.
Among the RASF Community Futures Awards recipients were:
- Tyler Austin, Merriwa, for a upgrades to the showground poultry pavilion.
- Natalie Reid, Dalgety, for new horse yards at the showground.
- Cassandra Stanford, Mudgee, for a Youth in Education trailer.
- Kate Bessana, Belata, for work on the war memorial hall.
- Sharanne Turnbull, Narromine, for a portable cattle yard for the high school show team.
- Bridget Lee, Forbes, for seed funding for an ASC group transportable zone.
- Geoff Pettett, De Olde Nabiac Klub, for safety and shade equipment for the vintage machinery club.
Several rural scholars were at the event. The scholarships of up to $6000 for study support people with a passion for rural communities.
Journalism student Jarrod Sansom, Williamtown, who was awarded the RAS Foundation's J.B. Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism, also attended.
The award, established by John B. Fairfax in 2008.
Jarrod receives a $10,000 cash prize for career development. He interned with the show media team, and will intern with The Land in Orange and ABC's Landline program in Brisbane this year.
In other awards, Nowra East, Narrabri and Guyra, won a Community Kitchen Grant from the RASF. These are a share of more than $30,000 worth of kitchen cabinetry, benchtops and kitchen appliances to towns in need. The kitchen and appliances were donated by IKEA.
- Visit rasf.org.au