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Funding ensures city vibrancy

By Brett Pilgrim

The communities of Adelaide sure are a lucky bunch. Whether you've got a property in Prospect, real estate in Burnside or a house in Norwood, you can be sure that the vibrant, exciting city you first fell in love with will continue to deliver the quality amenities and services that make it such a great place to live. 

What makes us say this? Only the $2million in grants and sponsorship funds that the Adelaide city council recently endorsed for the next year. The money will help an array of recreational programmes, community development, cultural events and festivals come to fruition. 

"In a place the size of Adelaide it is remarkable the number of people and organisations with innovative and interesting ideas for projects, events and activities in our city," said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood in a July 15 release. 

"Our grants and sponsorship funding makes a big difference to a lot of people and in many cases, without our funding, these programs and events wouldn't be possible, and being able to help is a good feeling."

Over $300,000 is allocated for projects aimed at helping marginalised groups in the community. This includes the Access2Arts programme, which assists with workshops at the City Library to empower deaf and blind people and the Brian Burdekin Clinic Health and Welfare Services Inc, providing an outreach programme for disconnected city residents.

A further $136,000 has been set aside for various cultural and arts projects, including $5,000 the Adelaide Youth Orchestra 2014-15 artistic development programme, and the Adelaide Pongal 2015 Harvest Festival, traditionally celebrated by the Tamil people at the end of the harvest season. 

A host of some of the city's most cherished festivals and events will also continue to light up residents' lives. If you own some property in Adelaide, then you'll be pleased to know that WOMADelaide, the outdoor music festival, and the Cabaret Festival will return next year thanks to this funding. 

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