Seven community organisations in Mulgrave are amongst 478 groups to share in over $9 million of grant funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the fund provided much-needed money to groups that worked with the community.
“Queensland is lucky to have organisations like these working for the community. Most of the people involved in these organisations volunteer hours of time, dedicated to providing a service for their community,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund allows the State Government to support the important work of these not-for-profit organisations.
“Through grant funding they are able to provide services to help educate people, enhance community safety and improve sport and leisure activities and opportunities to those who might not otherwise have them.”
In the latest funding round the following organisations received more than $101 000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund:
- Innisfail District Flexi Respite Association, $27,430 to purchase a new vehicle
- Bellenden Ker State School Parents and Citizens Association, $27 263 to install playground equipment
- St Michael’s School Parents and Friends Association – Gordonvale, $18,381 to purchase seating
- Queensland Country Women’s Association – Deeral Branch, $15,000 to re-stump the Hall
- Trinity Inlet Catchment Management Association, $5,900 to purchase display boards, printer and software
- Gurriny Yealamucka (Good Healing) Health Services Aboriginal Corporation, $5,470 to purchase mascot character
- Edmonton Community Kindergarten Association, $2,398 to purchase blinds and roller door.
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provides one-off grants of up to $30 000 to not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland. Applications for more than $30 000 may be considered for more complex projects which have significant community benefit.
Not-for-profit organisations have been provided with more than $433 million since the fund was launched, helping Queensland community groups implement over 35 800 necessary and enriching projects.
Mr Pitt said applying for grants had become significantly easier since the launch of the online application process in September.
“The feedback we’re receiving is that the new online process is saving community organisations considerable time and effort, and cutting down on a lot of paperwork,” he said.
Grant allocations are announced quarterly and applications are accepted at any time. Further information on grants is available on the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation website.
If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, please contact the Gambling Helpline on 1800 222 050, or visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au