Gam­bling grants for schools

Isis Town and Country - - News -

SIX schools from across the Bur­nett re­gion will share $150,000 thanks to the latest round of gam­bling grants.

The Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund is Queens­land’s largest one-off grants pro­gram, dis­tribut­ing $53 mil­lion a year.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett said suc­cess­ful schools in­cluded Bur­nett Heads, Avon­dale, Rosedale, Kolan South, Childers and El­liott Heads State School.

“These school com­mu­ni­ties are wor­thy re­cip­i­ents and the funds al­low them to up­grade im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing play­grounds and equip­ment, the in­stal­la­tion of shade struc­tures, tuck­shop fa­cil­i­ties and the in­stal­la­tion of air-con­di­tion­ing,” he said.

“It’s a real boost for these school­ing com­mu­ni­ties, which des­per­ately need these fa­cil­i­ties.”

Mr Ben­nett said schools were not the only suc­cess­ful non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to be re­warded from the latest round of fund­ing, with Camp Gre­gory Vet­er­ans’ Re­treat re­ceiv­ing more than $34,000 to up­grade its re­treat fa­cil­i­ties.

“I con­grat­u­late the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions who took the time to com­plete the of­ten time con­sum­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for these grants,” he said.

The quar­terly grants al­lowed prof­its from gam­bling to be in­vested back into grass­roots ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties that ben­e­fited peo­ple from all walks of life in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“In some com­mu­ni­ties, or­gan­i­sa­tions find it dif­fi­cult to fundraise, and fund­ing pro­grams such as this give them an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess much needed fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to turn their ideas and projects into a re­al­ity,” he said.

Mr Ben­nett en­cour­ages com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and clubs to ap­ply for fu­ture fund­ing un­der the pro­gram.

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