Gambling Community Benefit Fund money goes to local charities

LOCAL organisations including Night Ninjas, Girl Guides, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Raiders Netball Club and Multicap have received money from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

HELPING THE HOMELESS: Night Ninjas founder Alix Russo helps a man who was sleeping rough at Cleveland.

HELPING THE HOMELESS: Night Ninjas founder Alix Russo helps a man who was sleeping rough at Cleveland.

Night Ninjas, which helps people who are homeless, has been given $35,000 to buy a car, while the Victoria Point region of Girl Guides got $23,100 to concrete outdoor areas and the Cleveland District Girl Guides group $35,000 for an upgrade.

Raiders Netball Club will install a storage shed with their grant of $34,000, Volunteer Marine Rescue North Stradbroke Island received $25,000 for a trailer and Multicap at Alexandra Hills have $24,800 to buy furniture and equipment.

Capalaba MP Don Brown said worthy organisations had benefited from the grants.

“This funding means more valuable resources and services for community members, making a direct impact where it’s been identified as needed most,” Mr Brown said.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said the GCBF was entering its 25th year.

“More than 600 not-for-profit community groups statewide shared in more than $13 million of grants from the most recent funding round,” Ms Richards said.

Ms Richards said the next round of GCBF funding was open for applications until February 28.

“Whether you’ve applied before or are applying for the first time, I encourage not-for-profit community groups from all sectors to apply for a grant, with funding between $500 and $35,000 on offer,” she said.

“These grants could significantly contribute to the success of an eligible start-up, social enterprise or a more established community organisation.

“If you’re currently looking for the financial support to enable you to make a more valuable contribution to the community, then this is your chance.”

The GCBF is part of the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing about $55 million a year statewide.

For information and to apply for round 100 visit justice.qld.gov.au/grants or call 1800 633 619.