[singlepic id=397 w=320 h=240 float=left] A community group in Edmonton is set to receive $30,659 thanks to the Bligh Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the funding will greatly assist Southside Swallows Gymnastic Club.

“It will allow them to purchase equipment and grandstands to continue their valuable service to our community.”

Mr Pitt said the latest round of funding is providing more than $9 million to close to 430 community groups across Queensland, including $575,000 under the Solar, Sport and Community Group grants program.

The State Government is committed to seeing the community benefit from the proceeds of gambling,” he said.

“That’s why funds raised through taxes on lotteries, wagering, keno and gaming machines in clubs and hotels are used to fund the Gambling Community Benefit program.”

Mr Pitt said the latest round of grants had pushed the program’s total funding past half a billion dollars.

“Since the fund begun in 1994, more than 40,000 applications have been funded, totalling more than $500 million,” Mr Pitt said.

“I encourage all community groups and not-for-profit organisations to apply for a grant for the next funding round which closes on 30 November 2011.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund offers grants of up to $35,000, more for complex applications, to assist community organisations throughout Queensland to meet the ongoing demand for their services.

To submit an application visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au/grants