Winners announced in $100k community grants program

Eight community projects will soon be completed thanks to funding from Queensland Country Credit Union’s Good for Good Community Grants.

Community groups across Queensland were invited to apply for a share of $100,000 to fund a particular project, with successful applicants ranging from an emergency helicopter landing pad, to a road safety training track for young cyclists.

An element of Good for Good involves the concept of paying it forward, with grant recipients partnering with the Credit Union to fundraise 10% of their grant amount for Queensland Country’s charity partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities. That fundraising will be boosted with an additional $20,000 contribution from Queensland Country.

Queensland Country CEO Aileen Cull said her team was proud to give back to the community in a tangible way.

“We received 64 applications from not-for-profit groups around the state, who were seeking funding of between $5,000 and $30,000 to get their important projects off the ground,” Ms Cull said.

“It was really heart-warming to see how much good is being done at a grass-roots level in our communities,” she said.

“Choosing the grant recipients was a difficult challenge for our judging committee, but ultimately the winners were chosen based on the genuine benefits their projects would bring to the community, as well as their ability to pay it forward, or do ‘good for good’ by fundraising for our charity partner.”

This is the first year that Queensland Country has run the Good for Good program, and follows a long history of supporting local initiatives.

“We have injected $2 million into community projects since 2005,” Ms Cull said.

“It’s all part of our difference as a customer owned banking organisation. Without shareholders to pay dividends to, we can invest our profits into local communities while providing the best possible products and services to our Members.”

See below for the full list of grant recipients.

Applicant

Project

Grant amount

Townsville Central State School P&C Association

Road safety training track for young cyclists

$20,000

Jerona Citizens Association

Emergency helicopter landing pad

$14,070

Magnetic Island Junior AFL Club

Upgrade change rooms to ensure there is a separate and private area for female players

$10,000

Mount Isa Race Club

Purchase two large marquees

$6,631

Pebbles Playgroup Weipa

Outdoor play equipment

$11,000

Mackay Triathlon Club

Purchase defibrillator, radios and first aid kit

$7,320

Bowen Swimming Club

New seating benches for marshalling area

$18,047

Stanthorpe United Redbacks Football Club

New goal posts

$11,000

The next round of Queensland Country Good for Good Community Grants will open during the second half of 2018. Once available, full details will be published here.

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A new $20,000 road safety bike training track will be built for the Townsville community thanks to the Queensland Country Good for Good Community Grants. We dropped by the site of the track at Townsville Central State School and the students were very excited!