Christmas has come early for community groups around Cairns with the successful recipients of the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grants (GCBF) announced this week.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt congratulated the 37 FNQ not-for-profit groups who will share in more than $830,000 in grants in round 90.

“For some businesses Christmas is a time to wind down, relax and reflect on the year that was but this often isn’t the case for our not-for-profit groups with local communities needing their support and services year round,” Mr Pitt said.

“In this round we’ve seen the Gordonvale Men’s Shed awarded more than $33,000 to construct a shed. In addition, more than $28,000 is going to the Cairns and District Kart Racing Club to purchase equipment, and almost $35,000 for the Innisfail Rowing Club.”

Member of Barron River Craig Crawford said applying for funding was now easier for community groups, thanks to the new GCBF grants management system launched recently.

“Delivering this funding, including nearly $20,000 for the Ivanhoe Football and Recreation Club to replace its floor, helps these vital community groups plan ahead with confidence for 2017.”

“Groups like these bind our communities together, and I encourage other community groups to take advantage of the new GCBF portal, which makes applications easier and quicker.

“To apply for funding, groups now need to login to the portal, register their organisation and complete their application. They can use a range of devices and internet browsers to do this.

“When the application is received it can be viewed by the applicant in real-time and they can acquit or vary their grant.”

For further information or to view the list of successful recipients in round 90 visit

A full list of FNQ projects appears below.

Mulgrave: $360,675.88
Gordonvale Men’s Shed Inc – $33,430
Endeavour Foundation – $18,916
Innisfail and District Cricket Association Inc – $33,247.50
Innisfail Bowls Club Inc – $9,090.91
Cairns and District Kart Racing Club – $28,322.93
Frog Safe Inc – $3,359
The Innisfail Woodworkers Guild Inc – $20,000
Southside Comets Football Club Inc – $17,500
Innisfail and District Tennis Association Inc – $11,610
Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association Yarrabah Branch- $31,818.18
Pyramid Polocrosse Club Incorporated – $34,300
Innisfail Judo Club Inc – $30,300
Innisfail Rowing Club Inc – $34,820
South Cairns Gymnastics Incorporated – $34,825
Guides Queensland – $4,136.36
Johnstone River Catchment Management Association Inc – $15,000

Barron River: $81,316.56
Ivanhoe Football and Recreation Club Inc – $19,963.64
Freshwater State School P&C Association – $31,520.92
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – $3,927
Bears Juniors & Cubs Baseball Club Inc – $5,006
Queensland Baseball Umpires Association Inc – $15,000
Kuranda Horse and Pony Club Incorporated – $5,899

Cairns: $162,980.46
Surf Life Saving Queensland North Queensland Branch Inc – $30,125
Cairns Tennis Club Inc – $35,000
Cairns Rowing Club Inc – $35,000
AFL Cape York Limited – $10,691.83
FNQ Rugby Incorporated – $29,527.27
The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited – $10,000
Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod Association Inc – $12,636.36

Cook: $226,569.64
Mareeba Motor Cycle Club Incorporated – $35,000
Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland – Aurukun $29,090.91
Mareeba District Flexi-Support Association Inc – $31,818.18
The Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club Inc – $10,370
Bloomfield River District Residents Association Inc – $35,000
Cooktown District Community Centre Inc – $20,000
North Queensland Cutting Horse Association – $34,236
Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation – $31,054.55