Groups to get slice of funds thanks to En­ergex

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY groups and not-for-profits have just three more weeks to ap­ply for their share of the $100,000 Er­gon-En­ergex Com­mu­nity Fund.

Just last year the fund helped Queens­land com­mu­nity groups pro­vide ev­ery­thing from sup­port for fam­i­lies in cri­sis to life-sav­ing med­i­cal equip­ment in the bush.

The 2019 grants pro­gram is seek­ing to help com­mu­nity groups bring to life their big ideas which will make Queens­land’s com­mu­ni­ties safer, smarter, stronger and bet­ter places to be.

En­ergex area man­ager for the Sun­shine Coast Peter Lougheed said En­ergex was par­tic­u­larly keen to see ap­pli­ca­tions from com­mu­ni­ties hit by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

“Grants of up to $5000 are avail­able for in­di­vid­ual projects, and all suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ents will then go to our fel­low Queens­lan­ders for a Peo­ple’s Choice se­lec­tion which will see the ini­tia­tive with the most votes re­ceive an­other $5000.”

El­i­gi­ble projects in­clude those for which the grant por­tion can be com­pleted with 12 months, and which de­liver real pos­i­tives for Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties.

“Last year’s Com­mu­nity Fund has helped clean up More­ton Bay, give kids with spe­cial needs the chance to safely be part of our surf cul­ture, sup­port a Lock­yer Val­ley RSL bounce back from storm dam­age, im­prove waste man­age­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity at a Sun­shine Coast school, bring tech­nol­ogy and know-how to se­niors, cre­ate path­ways to ter­tiary study for po­ten­tially dis­ad­van­taged youth, and pro­mote men­tal health and safety,” Mr Lougheed said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are made on­line and close on April 8.

For more, visit en­­mu­ni­ty­fund.

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