One of Australia’s most popular airlines announced a
multi-million dollar grants program, including free flights to support regional
communities across the country.
Qantas Regional Grants program will provide a $1 million a
year for five years to regional causes including Australian-based
not-for-profit community groups, individuals, charities, projects and
organisations that are seeking funding to provide a direct service or benefit
to regional Australia.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the
grants program was designed to give much needed assistance to people in
regional communities across the country.
“As an airline born in regional Australia, we know how important it is to give back to the communities we serve. And we know there is always more that can be done,” Mr Gissing said.
“Whether it’s a health care program
wanting to extend their services to a remote town, a local community centre
that needs funding to improve their facilities or flights for a student or
sports group to travel with us to attend a training course in another city,
these are the sorts of initiatives our program is designed to support.
The ultimate objective is to enhance the lives of people in regional communities.
QantasLink CEO John Gissing.
The Minister for Drought David
Littleproud said the grants program would help feed money into drought stricken
communities in regional Australia, naming health care and helping young sports
stars among the priorities.
“This is great news which will help
regional Australia during drought and Qantas deserves credit for it,” he said.
Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister
Michael McCormack also welcomed the initiative.
“I urge and encourage eligible
organisations and individuals to apply for funding.
“I am pleased Qantas is giving back to
country communities with this wonderful initiative,” he said.
Applications are now open and will close on 30 August 2019. Successful recipients will be announced in October 2019.