REGIONAL organisations across the state are set to benefit from the latest round of funding from the Australian Turf Club Foundation.
Announced in Tamworth on Thursday, charities such as Riding for the Disabled and Ronald McDonald House are in line for donations from the foundation, which raises money at race tracks across the state.
NSW Racing Minister and Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the foundation had made a massive impact since its inception two years ago.
"Here in Tamworth, last November, we saw first hand the good work the foundation does when they donated $30,000 to buy bales of hay for the local equine industry," Mr Anderson said.
"That was so gratefully received by everyone in Tamworth and they're back again donating $20,000 to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) for its tough times program, which will be distributed through our local community.
"The $20,000 is part of $100,000 commitment to six organisations across the state and as the Racing Minister I am extremely grateful for the work the foundation does."
Foundation chairman Phil Morley said the proceeds of sales of merchandise helped contribute to the donation.
"I think the important thing to note about the foundation is that there is no administration fees, so for every dollar we get in, that's another dollar that goes to helping the community," Morley said.
"The $20,000 to FRRR is sure to go towards helping local communities and we are hopeful there will be more support from the foundation going forward."
Australian Turf Club chief executive officer Jamie Barkley said foundation's grants were made possible by a thriving racing industry.
"The biggest racing in the world, in any jurisdiction, was at Royal Randwick for The Everest Carnival last Saturday," Mr Barkley said.
"The benefits that come from that enable us to come to Tamworth to make this contribution to the local community.
"It's really important we get out to all of the regional areas and we have a lot of interest expressed when we go out seeking applications for these funds.
"Most recently, the winner of The Everest has agreed to contribute five per cent of the winnings to the foundation, which is over $300,000.
"That will mean the next 12 months is going to look very good for all of the organisations that benefit from the foundation."
The latest round of grants are:
- $20,000Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal projects in Tamworth
- $25,000 Camp Quality
- $20,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney
- $15,000 Top Blokes Foundation (Western Sydney)
- $10,000 Riding for the Disabled (NSW) Cootamundra Centre
- $10,000 Milk Crate Theatre (Randwick LGA)