[singlepic id=416 w=320 h=240 float=left] Innisfail Youth and Family Care will receive almost $20,000 in State Government grants.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the organisation was among 13 groups in the Mulgrave Electorate to receive a financial helping hand from the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund worth $159,587.

“In this latest round of grants, Innisfail Youth and Family Care will receive $19,780 to purchase furniture and soft furnishings for the crisis shelter and youth shelter ,” Mr Pitt said.

“This is great news for the organisation and for the community”.

Innisfail Youth and Family Care CEO Anita Laksa said the organisation has two Crisis Accommodation properties that were unfurnished.

“The grant funding will be used to purchase furniture and soft furnishings for our Crisis Accommodation properties, particularly our Crisis accommodation for victims of domestic violence,” Ms Laksa said.

“It is very difficult for people escaping domestic violence to be able to take anything with them so it is really important to be able to provide furnished accommodation so that they are able to be housed immediately.

“The Innisfail Youth Shelter will also benefit with the purchase of new lounge chairs to replace the old bean bag couches and other furniture will also be purchased for our crisis accommodation for homeless families.”

Johnstone Region Landcare also received a State Government grant of $13,421 to purchase a shed.

Mr Pitt encouraged all sporting and community groups to apply for a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and The Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund.

“The grants go to organisations that play a vital role in the community, including sporting clubs, volunteer groups, not-for-profit organisations, seniors groups, surf life saving clubs and P&C associations,” Mr Pitt said.

“Community groups provide locals with a host of recreational services and facilities and are on hand to provide emotional and financial support to residents in tough situations.

“I’m sure these grants will be particularly welcome at the end of what has been a difficult year for much of our State following severe natural disasters.

“This is just one of the ways the State Government returns taxes from gambling activities to the community.”

To apply for the program, visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on grants.