Almost 600 local community organisations across Queensland will share in over $12.4 million in the latest round of State Government community benefit grants.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the latest funding boost would help charities and not-for-profit organisations provide invaluable programs and services in their local area.
“This Government recognises the financial challenges these organisations face all year round, so we’re pleased to help ease some of this pressure so they can get on with the job of serving the community,” he said.
Mr Bleijie said the quarterly grants are delivered through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, the Breakwater Island Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund.
“Among the recipients were the Scott, Glasshouse Mountains, Mena Creek and Thuringowa Rural Fire Brigades who between them received more than $100, 000 towards upgrading facilities and equipment,” he said.
“Volunteers at these brigades dedicate countless hours each year to reduce the risk of bushfire within their community, ultimately protecting lives and property, and I know they will benefit greatly from these funds.
Mr Bleijie said other recipients include the Royal Flying Doctors Service, the Cerebral Palsy League and several surf lifesaving clubs across the state.
“Logan Residents Care, who predominately cares for disadvantaged members of the community, will receive $15, 000 towards developing a youth program.
“Tree Roo Rescue will receive more than $34, 000 to help rescue and rehabilitate injured or displaced Australian tree kangaroos, while not-for-profit organisation BUSHkids will receive $10, 000 to help provide primary healthcare to children in rural communities.
“These are substantial grants that can make a big difference. I encourage all community groups to apply for the next round of funding before the end of May 2014.”
For more information or to see a full list of recipients for this round, please visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Grants’