$350k boost to Nanango
THE 2014 round of the Heritage Nanango Community Funding has pushed the amount given in grants to more than $350,000 in the past 12 months.
Fund treasurer Andrew Black said, despite the figures, the funding round was smaller than last year when close to $500,000 was distributed.
“We always look for quality projects,” he said.
“There were fewer applications this year.
“And there were a few that we couldn’t fund because they didn’t meet the criteria.
“Occasionally you are looking at an organisation with only a handful of members.”
Mr Black said funds went towards projects that had the greatest impact on the community.
“A lot of these organisations we are only providing part funding because they have done their own funding,” he said.
This year more than 30 projects and groups shared in the funding, including about $32,000 for the Nanango Theatre Group.
Theatre president Lynda Archdall said the funding to upgrade the venue would make it more comfortable for patrons of the theatre group.
“We seat 45, but when we’ve got capacity crowd it gets quite crowded around the supper area,” Ms Archdall said. “(A new veranda will) be on the front of the building on Elk St. We would certainly hope to have it done before the end of the year.
“Well, community groups like ours wouldn’t be able to do that sort of thing without the help of Heritage, it’s a huge assistance to us it just would not be possible without Heritage.”
HNCF chairman Wendy Zerbst said Heritage Nanango Community Funding Ltd represented the Nanango community in a joint venture with Heritage Bank, and was a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation “just like many of the organisations we support”.
“We are delighted to announce another substantial amount of funding that has been awarded to organisations that will directly benefit Nanango and the surrounding district,” Ms Zerbst said.
“Since last year’s funding round was announced, we have provided more than $350,000 in funding to the district.
“But this remarkable achievement would not have been possible without the support of the local residents and businesses that bank at Heritage Bank Nanango.
“Every dollar banked with us means HNCF can help community organisations with substantial projects.”