LIFELINE central west was among 44 charities to receive $109,500 in funding on Wednesday.
The annual 2013 Club Grants program directs funds from Orange Ex-Services’ Club and Orange City Bowling Club back into the community.
Lifeline central west director Alex Ferguson said its $20,000 funding boost will go into training additional phone operators for its crisis support helpline.
“We have volunteer crisis support counsellors and there is constant need to increase our working numbers,” he said.
“We’re now well over 600,000 calls [nationally each year] and we’re budgeting for over a million calls in three years.”
Lifeline’s 24-hour helpline provides support with financial, gambling and drug and alcohol counselling, as well as help in a crisis.
Mr Ferguson said training volunteers for the helpline costs around $300,000 annually so any help with funding is appreciated.
“It’s very tough out there and for the club to succeed and be able to provide that money it’s very good, they deserve to be congratulated,” he said.
Orange Ex-Services’ Club chief operating officer Guy Chapman said both clubs were surprised with the lack of grant applications this year.
“We were rather surprised we didn’t get a whole heap of applications but we’ll have a lot more warning next year,” he said.
Along with the club grants, a $200 donation was made to 24 Orange district primary schools.
Three $500 scholarships were also presented to year 12 high school students James Sheahan Catholic High School’s Meg Miller, Orange High School’s Kishaya Delaney and Orange Christian School’s Madison Kent.
Orange Regional Conservatorium music student Liesel Haberecht received a $700 scholarship.
If you need help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.