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Powell Media Release – $12.6m State funding boost for local community groups (11 July 2014)

Hardworking community organisations in Glass House are set for a mid-year funding treat as they receive their share in a pool of over $12.6 million in the latest round of State Government Community Grants.

This welcome funding boost is delivered four times a year to hundreds of charities and not-for profit groups through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, and the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund (JCCBF) to ensure they can continue their invaluable work within their community.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the grants were a financial injection many groups could not afford to miss out on and allowed dedicated volunteers to focus on continuing their good work or providing better facilities and equipment.

“Whether it’s our local sporting groups, wildlife conservation societies or our brave firefighters, these groups play a huge role in our communities and need our support,” Mr Powell said.

Successful organisations within the Glass House electorate were:

– Delaneys Creek State School, $31,818.18 to install a new playground
– Montville Village Association, $31,840 to upgrade a building
– Queensland Showjumping Club, $11,128 to purchase safety equipment and trailer
– The Compass Institute, $17,790 to install front load electric kiln
– Woodford Scout Group, $13,681.82 to remove asbestos
– Queensland Mini Trotting Sporting Association, $6,258.17 to replace equipment
Mr Powell said the quarterly grants allowed profits from gambling to be invested back into grassroots services and facilities that benefited people from all walks of life in the Glass House community.

“You can’t put a price on what these grants mean for the people involved, the communities they serve and the difference it will make to the lives of everyday people,” he said.

“I encourage all local groups, however big or small, to apply for the next round of funding before the end of August 2014 and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

For more information on the grants, please visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Grants’.

ENDS- 11 July 2014

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