Transurban’s annual community grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects bringing social and environmental benefits to communities located near Transurban’s roads.
In Queensland, we’re supporting seven local community groups and charities. Successful recipients include domestic violence support programs, driver training, sustainability initiatives and road safety education.
Community Grants recipients, Queensland – 2021
The Love of Learning Program Logan
The Pyjama Foundation supports the education of foster children through mentor programs, delivering specifically designed literacy and numeracy programs.
They believe literacy equates to quality of life and through the simple activity of reading with a child, support more than 1,000 children on average, every week.
The grant will be used to recruit and train 50 new volunteer mentors to support 100 foster children in the Logan area, where the foundation’s services are in high need.
Baby Give Back
Out and About
Baby Give Back collects secondhand baby items and donates them to expectant mums in low socio-economic areas of Brisbane and Logan.
The grant will support the Out and About Project to purchase of 75 new, safe car seats for vulnerable families in the community.
This will increase social connection and independence for new parents while also increasing the safety of children on our roads.
Drive to Thrive
Open Haven provides a safe and confidential place for women who are survivors of domestic violence through an open house, every week. They provide emotional and practical support, as well as information to help women to understand, navigate, and access all available professional services.
The grant will support the The Drive to Thrive Project, which supports domestic violence survivors to obtain their driver’s license.
Having the ability to drive themselves and their children, enables survivors to seek employment and enjoy greater independence.
Virtual Reality Highway Driving
Endeavour Foundation was established in 1951 with a vision to support people with an intellectual disability to live their best life – starting with equal access to education and life-skills learning.
The grant will support The Virtual Reality Highway Driving Program to add a specific highway driving experience to their learning to drive program. Driving on highways can sometimes be a scary experience for new drivers, and the virtual learning environment will provide simulated real world experience and practice.
The program reaches 2,500 young people and adults with disabilities across Queensland and New South Wales.
Participants will develop skills such as planning their journey, lane choice, proper speed and distance, merging techniques, road signage, and taking breaks.
SEQ Indigenous Corporation
Indigenous Driver Training
The Indigenous Driver Training program provides targeted driving lessons and driving test preparation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander year 12 students across South East Queensland by supporting students to gain their licence and in turn, the freedom to chase their dreams.
The grant will support the program, which has been tailored to address key indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing: increasing employment; supporting the successful transition to further education; increasing safety and wellbeing; and, improving links to employment and community.
The Transurban Road to Digital Inclusion in Logan
Substation33 is committed to helping supply disadvantaged students and families in Logan with low cost computers. This allows these students and families to access essential online platforms that help them with education, employment searches, Centrelink compliance, finances, healthcare, connection to family and friends and various other services.
The grant will support Substation33 to supply 25 computers and accessories, to students and their families in the Logan community to help them finish their education.
Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C)
B4C Butterfly House
B4C encompasses Landcare and social enterprise services to support the local environment and community.
The grant will support B4C’s to build a walk-in butterfly house at B4C Sustainability Centre. The butterfly house will provide a breeding and display area for the butterflies of Bulimba Creek. Once constructed, the butterfly house will create the perfect environment for species such as Common Crow, Monarch and Swallow-Tail butterflies to thrive.
In the adjacent creek line, the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly vine will be planted to raise awareness of the endangered species. The project will form part of B4C’s Outdoor Classroom involving community, volunteers and school students.
Grants are open once a year to a wide range of organisations and initiatives and we encourage inclusion, diversity of thought and innovation. Our next round of grants will open in May 2022.