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Regional recovery boosted with community grants

Corey Bylsma, Erik Varga, Patricia Vargova Compelova, Neil Berry and Adrian Doherty at the Bundaberg Clay Target Shooting club.

Local schools, sporting clubs and community groups are set to get a boost as part of Round 109 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants.

Branyan Road State School’s P&C will be receiving $35,000 for the installation of fans in their multipurpose hall.

Across the Waves Football Club, Brothers Bulldogs AFL, Brothers Netball Club Inc and Brothers Junior Rugby League Club will also be receiving $35,000 each for facility upgrades.

Meanwhile, recreational organisations such as the Bundaberg Quilters and Bundaberg Clay Target Club Inc are just two examples of local organisations rounding out the more than $250,000 delivery of funding into the region.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith congratulated the 10 local recipients who will each take their share of close to $11 million of GCBF funding.

“These not-for-profit and community groups do fantastic work across Bundaberg, keeping our economy strong by supporting our local residents,” he said.

“Now more than ever, it is so important to spend locally and support small businesses and community groups as they face even tougher restrictions due to the pandemic.

“Each and every one of the successful projects contributes to creating a stronger community environment, delivering for school students, young athletes, businesses and even our quilting enthusiasts.”

Mr Smith said that the calibre of applications in round 109 was first-class and a great spread of community groups had been awarded a grant.

“Round 111 recently opened and I would strongly encourage any community group looking to enhance their services to jump online and get an application in for funding,” he said.

The GCBF is Queensland’s largest one-off grant funding program that has received more than 62,000 applications since its inception.

Currently, the fund provides grants of up to $35,000 for community organisations, not-for-profits and local governments to fund local projects that benefit their communities.

In 2022, there will be four rounds of GCBF funding – one round offering grants from $500 to $100,000 and the other three rounds offering grants from $500 to $35,000.

Round 111 will close midnight 31 August, 2021.

Keep in touch with the latest information about the Gambling Community Benefit Fund online or on the GCBF Facebook page.

To view the full list of recipients from Round 109 visit www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants.