12 July 2016

$35,000 Budget Boost up for Groups to Grab

State Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes MP said applications for the latest round of Queensland’s largest one-off grants program The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) are now open.

“Through the distribution of approximately $52 million each year to Queensland’s not for profit sector, these grants help small groups grow and improve services, leisure activities and opportunities to the community.

“Successful applicants can receive grants ranging from $500 up to an incredible $35,000 (inc GST) which help fund a diverse range of projects, giving groups the best chance of receiving a funding boost.

“Groups can apply for a grant to repair, upgrade or purchase new facilities, purchase new equipment including vehicles, boats, tractors, trailers; stage an event or festival, or run a training program or workshop.

“There are four funding rounds each year and in the most recent round more than $1.1 million went to QLD groups to purchase, install, or repair solar panels or systems. Our local rugby club, the Noosa Dolphins, were one such successful recipient who realized that off-setting the cost of electricity with solar will be crucial to the club’s financial longevity.

“The Noosa Electorate is home to many successful and professionally run community groups and organisations that rely heavily on funding support such as the GCBF. I urge groups to visit http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/corporate/sponsorships-and-grants/grants/community-benefit-funding-programs to apply.

“The closing date for this current round of the GCBF is August 31. Groups are welcome to contact my office to be considered for a letter of support should they wish. It is important to remember that if not successful in one round, groups are encouraged to apply again in future rounds, Mr Elmes said.

Established in 1994 under the Gaming Machine Act 1991, the GCBF returns to the community a portion of state revenue raised through gambling taxes. Applications are processed and assessed by the Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU),