COMMUNITY: The 2019 grant recipients and Buderim Foundation sponsors. Picture: Ross Eason
COMMUNITY: The 2019 grant recipients and Buderim Foundation sponsors. Picture: Ross Eason

$10,000 grants up for grabs for community groups

GRANTS of up to $10,000 are available to local community organisations thanks to a foundation that has handed out more than half a million dollars in 12 years.

The Buderim Foundation’s grant application program attracted a lot of interest last year, and $82,467 in grants was awarded to 19 local organisations.

This year, grants can be used for projects, or organisational operational costs, that directly benefits residents within the 4556 postcode area.

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Foundation Grants Committee chair Rebecca Ramsay said it was only through the generous support of donors that the foundation was able to invest money, to generate returns that could be reinvested in the community each year through local organisations.

“By investing in organisations serving the Buderim and 4556 community, we strive to support, protect and encourage great purposes such as assisting people to live healthy and fulfilling lives, encouraging cultural endeavours, increasing learning opportunities, protecting and preserving our natural environment and supporting youth in our community,” Ms Ramsay said.

“This year we have extended our eligibility to include applications requesting support for operational costs.

“This may include rent, outgoings such as electricity or other specified bills.”

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Applications open on Friday, June 5 and eligible applicants will need to apply online before Friday, July 10.

Successful applicants will be announced at the foundation’s 2020 annual community grants celebration on Saturday, September 12.

To find out more and apply for this year’s grants program visit http://www.buderimfoundation.org.au/grants/how-to-apply/ to see if your organisation is eligible and to download the grant application guide.

Grant applications need to be submitted online by Friday, July 10.

The projects that were awarded grants last year included:

  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc Inc – QF6 Mooloolaba – $2760 for an automated external defibrillator
  • Buderim Amateur Theatre Company Inc (BATS) – $2120 for headsets to improve communications
  • Buderim Craft Cottage Association Inc – $3000 for renovation of main workroom kitchen
  • Buderim Cricket Club – $1252 for clubhouse painting
  • Buderim Guides – $9349 to repair stairs and to buy camping equipment
  • Buderim Kindergarten – $1525 for a new refrigerator
  • Buderim Men’s Shed – $4300 for security systems
  • Buderim Pony Club – $2000 to replace perimeter fences
  • Buderim Uniting Church – $1000 for outdoor play equipment
  • Connect Community Plus Kids Inc – $9000 for a software program to assist mentoring
  • Fusion Australia Sunshine Coast – $10,000 for a mobile youth drop-in hub
  • Headland Buderim Croquet Club – $4685 for kitchen modifications and renovation
  • LifeFlight Foundation – $8872 for a generator for use during power outages
  • Maroochydore State Emergency Service – $1200 for a ladder loader to move equipment on response vehicles
  • Oriana Arts Inc – $750 for sheet music of Australian Bush Songs
  • Sunshine Coast Archery Club Inc – $3000 for an electrical upgrade to the hall
  • Sunshine FM Radio Association Incorporated – $7604 for a technology upgrade
  • The Compass Institute – $6050 for a new outdoor dining and recreation area at their farm
  • Wishlist – Sunshine Coast Health Foundation – $4000 for BreastScreen Queensland lighting and sensory distraction suites