The Small Change Project – a local initiative in Lancefield and Romsey – has come together with the Lancefield Neighbourhood House (LNH) to administer and distribute small grants to locals in the community.

A local anonymous benefactor has donated funds and has asked the LNH to help oversee the grant process.

LNH Assistant Coordinator, Alison Gamble said the initiative involves local projects with broad community impacts.

“Their idea is that it’s kind of like micro-funding for grants up to $2000 for local Romsey, Lancefield and surrounding areas to make a big difference,” she said.

“So we are providing administration support and a point of call for that project, but the decision is made by The Small Change committee, a group of locals from the two towns.”

The grants are distributed quarterly through a simple one page application process – this round will conclude in late February and the groups will receive the funds by March.

“The last round of grants assisted with things like community transport, upgrading the Lancefield Mens Shed and the Lancefield Playgroup,” she said.

“My favourite story was the Red Cross. They technically aren’t allowed to apply for funding and anything they receive is sent to head office so we purchased a marquee for them to use.

“It’s something that’s immediate and gets done quickly – it’s so rewarding.”