The latest funding round from the Queensland Gambling Community Benefit Fund, has seen some local organisations receive support for new projects.
Ruth's Women's Shelter in Cairns has received $4,900 to install a solar electricity system. YMCA Marlin Coast has been awarded $5,000 for a facility upgrade.
AFL Cairns Women's League will get $3,700 for a computer, and the Cairns Community Kindergarten and Preschool $6,370 to create a new nature area.
The Cairns Photographic Society receives $2,900 to purchase AV equipment.
However the big local winners are the Cairns Rowing Club, who will build a new shed and purchase equipment with a $28,000 grant. The Cairns Endeavour Foundation has been awarded $32,000 to construct an activity area, and $32,000 will go to the Cairns Branch of Guide Dogs.
A total of 34 Cairns and Far North Queensland community groups have received funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund quarterly allocation of $500,000. The fund uses taxes from Golden Casket lotteries, wagering, keno and gaming machines to pay out grants of up to $35,000 to community organisations.
There are four annual funding rounds, with closing dates of 28th February, 31st May, 31st August and 30th November.