Country Quilters benefit from Australia Post community grant

QUILTERS: Anne Fannin, Carmel Baxter, Heather Payne and Lyn Illman with some of the equipment the group has purchased with their grant.
QUILTERS: Anne Fannin, Carmel Baxter, Heather Payne and Lyn Illman with some of the equipment the group has purchased with their grant.

The Cleve Country Quilters are enjoying new equipment after a $500 workforce grant from Australia Post.

Carmel Baxter from the Cleve Post Office was given the opportunity to nominate a community group of her choice for the grant.

Mrs Baxter, a member of the Country Quilters, said she chose the group because of their dedication to charitable causes across the Eyre Peninsula.

The group, which meets at least once a week, donates quilts to a long list of organisations including the Cleve and Cowell Hostels, Yarredi House womens' and children's shelter, Aussie Heroes and Little Quilts of Love for newborn children.

The quilters also raise money for charitable organisations through a quilt raffle held during the Eyre Peninsula Field Days in Cleve.

DONATION: The Cleve Country Quilters recently donated crib quilts for the 'Little Quilts of Love' initiative for newborn and stillborn babies.

DONATION: The Cleve Country Quilters recently donated crib quilts for the 'Little Quilts of Love' initiative for newborn and stillborn babies.

Mrs Baxter said the group was also a strong social outlet for the women of the district, with volunteers up to 80 years old heavily involved.

"It's really good for women's health... it's just a great place to gather for a good purpose," she said.

More funds are available for not-for-profit community organisations with the opening of applications for the 2019 Australia Post Community Grant program.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available, with the program aimed at strengthening social connection within local communities.

Australia Post community and consumer executive general manager Nicole Sheffield said supporting community was a major priority.

"With so much change to the way we live, work and shop, it's more important than ever that we have strong, vibrant local communities where people can connect to shape our shared future," she said.

"Through this program, we're funding projects that bring people together to address local needs."

The company will be looking for initiatives that promote social connection such as group activities, initiatives to reduce barriers to participation and projects to develop leadership skills within the community.

Community organisations can apply by visiting www.auspost.com.au/grants before Sunday, August 4.