A string of community groups across the Gold Coast and northern NSW will benefit from the Community Benefit Fund administered by Gold Coast Airport – with cash grants of $1,000 up for grabs.
For the fourth consecutive year, the program is awarding cash grants to support initiatives in the categories of health and wellbeing, community safety, education, environment and sustainability, arts and culture. This year, the airport is also calling for initiatives aimed at supporting local indigenous communities or enhancing indigenous cultural awareness.
The Community Benefit Fund is run by the airport’s parent company, Queensland Airports Limited (QAL), which has supported about 150 groups and initiatives since 2016, providing more than $150,000 in funding.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the airport was committed to advancing the greater Gold Coast and northern NSW regions and the Community Benefit Fund was an important part of that focus.
“This fund is well suited to schools, sporting clubs, charities, community support services and surf clubs,” she said.
“In the past we have supported everything from the creation of communal vegetable gardens to kitting out local sports teams.
“Applications can be made online and take less than an hour – we understand many of these local groups are run by volunteers and don’t have the resources to produce sponsorship proposals that take hours to develop.
“We are looking forward to hearing about more of the great things Gold Coast and northern NSW community groups are doing and supporting as many of them as we can.
“Last year we supported close to 50 initiatives across the group, which represented about half of the applications received.”
To receive a $1,000 grant, groups need to demonstrate their ability to deliver positive outcomes in at least one of the nominated funding categories.
Applications for this year’s Community Benefit Fund are open until 23 June 2019.