More than 650 community groups will share in $14.7 million worth of Queensland Government grants through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath today announced the funding for a wide variety of community projects under Round 103 of the popular program.
Mrs D’Ath said organisations now experiencing a delay in being able to bring their event or project to fruition because of COVID-19 could make an application to extend the acquittal date.
“Community organisations throughout Queensland are being impacted by COVID-19 and that’s why we’re providing more flexible funding arrangements,” she said.
“Successful recipients in the latest funding round can apply to extend the timeline for holding their event or completing their project.
“These are sensible arrangements that are much needed given the circumstances many organisations are now experiencing.”
Mrs D’Ath said amog the successful recipients is Teens Take Control Inc. on the Sunshine Coast, which will receive $25,000 to purchase a vehicle to transport vulnerable and disadvantaged youths so they can participate in beneficial programs and services.
“This Story Australia Ltd will receive $35,000 funding support to undertake a professional filming project which will preserve the personal stories of remaining WWII veterans,” she said.
“There’s also $31,180 in funding for a specialist underwater camera for Pro-Vision Reef Inc, to provide high-definition digital imagery of the Great Barrier Reef to help minimise the fishing industry’s environmental footprint.
“The Alexandra-Mooloolaba Community Kindergarten is also receiving $6,000 for the construction of a Yarning Circle to help further educate children about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
“The beauty of these grants is they allow us to support a broad range of community groups, with such diverse interests and needs.”
The GCBF grants are worth between $500 and $35,000 and applications are open to not-for-profit organisations. Over the past 25 years, GCBF has distributed more than $902 million to community groups helping Queenslanders.
The grants are merit based and funding is allocated by an independent panel.