Thursday 24 May 2012

Rowing, Guide Dogs and Endeavour Foundation, big winners in funding allocation

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.

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