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Jan 092013
 

New Year boost for community groups

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has delivered some New Year cheer to 485 Queensland community groups announcing they will share in grants of more than $9.9 million.

Mr Bleijie said the grants provided through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) would help not-for-profit organisations provide programs and services in their local areas.

“Queenslanders donate to charity and community organisations over the festive season so the start of a new year can be an especially tough time for fundraising activities,” Mr Bleijie said.

“The State Government recognises the struggle for funding is constant and it is wonderful we are able to provide much-needed financial support through these funds every few months.

“Among the recipients is the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, which received $31,000 for the upgrade of packaging machinery for their organisation Mylestones Solutions.

“Located at Tingalpa, it is an Australian Disability Enterprise that provides supported employment to 29 workers with a disability in packaging and light assembly.

“This grant will fund new machinery to ensure the organisation remains competitive and can continue providing employment opportunities for people with a disability.

“This is just one example of the valuable work being done by not-for-profit organisations around the state that make significant and vital contributions to their local communities.

“Community benefit funds are just one way the Government can support community organisations so their important work can continue.”

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provides grants throughout Queensland from taxes on Golden Casket lotteries, wagering, Keno and gaming machines.

There are four annual funding rounds and applications for the next round close on 28 February 2013.

For further information or to see the full list of recipients visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘grants’.

The above is a media release from the Queensland State Government.

Media Contact: Lisa O’Donnell 0400 986 432

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