NRMA Insurance Community Grants | Closes 31 March

The Community Grants program provides an opportunity for you to support local initiatives that aim to make your community safer, more sustainable and better prepared to respond to emergencies.

What is it?

The NRMA Insurance Community Grants program recognises and showcases the great work that hundreds of grassroots organisations undertake in our communities each year.

Since 2003, NRMA Insurance has been working with upstanding members of the community who have outstanding ideas to make their local communities safer and more sustainable. To date, we have invested $5.8 million into 1,400 community projects.

Why is it relevant for my community?

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support initiatives aimed at making our communities safer, more sustainable and better prepared to respond to emergencies.

It doesn’t matter how big or small a local project is, if there are organisations or projects that relate to any of the following areas, we’d love to hear about them:

  • Crime prevention: For this category, projects should focus on reducing the opportunity for crime to occur and/or changing people’s attitudes to the protection of their homes, vehicles or personal property.
  • Road safety: Initiatives considered will be projects that seek to change behaviours and attitudes of drivers, pedestrians and other road users to reduce the likelihood and severity of road incidents.
  • Emergency readiness and response: These projects should create awareness and educate communities about steps they can take to prepare for and/or take action against the impact of storms, floods, fires and other natural disasters.
  • Environment: Initiatives should directly engage communities in on-ground activities that address local environmental issues, mitigate against severe weather events and/or raise awareness about ways they can reduce their impact on the environment.

What can I do?

You can send this information onto local organisations and projects in your community, to let them know about the grant.

Please click here to download further information and materials you can send on to interested parties, which includes:

  • Information booklet about the program
  • DL flyer artwork (if you wish to print these materials)
  • A4 poster (with key dates for the 2014 Community Grants program)

Alternatively, if you would like us to send you a hard copy, please reply with your mailing details.

Applying is easy and applications are open until 5pm AEST Monday 31 March.

For more information visit the website, or you can call the community information line on 1300 306 496.

 

Motorised Scooter Safety Workshop

A presentation by Kiama Council’s Road Safety Officer and the Local Health District’ s- Health Education Officer regarding safe use of motorised scooters will be held:

Date | Monday 23 September 2013

Time | 1.30pm

Venue | The Village Centre, Blue Haven-200 Terralong St, Kiama.

Learn about:

  • What are motorised wheelchairs?
  • Who may use them?
  • Must they be registered in NSW?
  • Do users need a licence?
  • Is a user a pedestrian or a driver?

Light Refreshments will be provided

For more information on this RMS funded Road Safety Project please contact

Janelle Burns | Road Safety Officer | Kiama Municipal Council

P | 4232 0568

M | 0419 212 571

E | janelleb@kiama.nsw.gov.au

SnapChat Revealed

iness_logoPopular new program snapchat has added a little sweetener to entice users across. This program allows the senders of video and photograph content to set a time limit on how long these files will exist when received by the end user. As an example a user sends a photograph to their friend with a ten second time limit and when received by their friend the file disappears from view after the time limit has expired. Snapchat advisers that the file disappears permanently, this is certainly not the case.

Independent studies have highlighted how simple it is to recover these files. The danger here obviously lies whereby a user sends a file through Snapchat purely operating under the pre-text that the file will disappear. As this becomes common knowledge, Snapchats appeal will definitely lessen. Thereby, in my opinion, giving it a very short shelf life. This situation needs to be brought to the attention of all users so they are fully aware of what this program is or isn’t capable of doing for them.

Even though most users will use this program as a novelty and no issues will be created, it is important for all users to appreciate where they stand. Whether using an Android or iPhone, the photos and videos can be recovered as highlighted in numerous “how to” Youtube videos, articles and blogs. To read one of these articles, click here.

Internet Safety: be confident online

Information sessions available in your area

Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is offering a FREE one hour peer education session to groups of people 50 years of age and over. Our ‘Internet safety’ information sessions help people become more confident computer users by giving them clear, up-to-date information how they can use the internet safely and securely.

Our ‘Internet safety’ program gives older people the skills they need to be able to access the information, goods and services that are now available on the internet. Participants in these sessions are also given the information they need to minimise the risk they’ll fall prey to online fraud or scams.

COTA NSW has years of experience training people to deliver entertaining and relevant information sessions. We have trained peer educators in your area who are currently available to deliver an ‘Internet safety’ information session at a meeting, event or activity you are planning for your group.

To book sessions complete the online booking form or phone the office and book over the phone (02) 9286 3868 (groups need to be a minimum of 10 people).

For more information or to download an Internet safety brochure, visit our website

The Cyber Security Training Package for older people is one of a number of initiatives that the Australian Government has available for Australians to protect their online privacy and safety so that they can fully engage in the digital economy. Program funding is administered by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (www.dbcde.gov.au).

NRMA Grants

NRMAApplications for the 2013 Community Grants program open on Friday 1 March. Grants of between $500 and $5,000 are available in one of our four funding areas:

Since 2003, we’ve been working with upstanding members of the community who have outstanding ideas about how to make their local communities safer and more sustainable. During this time we have provided over $5.5 million to over 1300 community organisations nationally.
Watch the video below to find out more about our Community Grants program and the types of projects we support. For more detailed grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for the program please download a copy of our Community Grants Information Booklet.