Building resilient regional and remote Queensland communities.
QCoal Foundation Chairman Christopher Wallin and CEO Sylvia Bhatia.
Community grants reach $1 million milestone
The first round of community grant funding announced by QCoal Foundation (QCF) in 2020 has pushed community grant program giving past the $1 million milestone. The QCF community grant program provides funding to support community-led projects that matter to regional and remote Queenslanders.
CEO Sylvia Bhatia said the Foundation was very happy to support local initiatives that boost the health, education and liveability of communities across the state.
To date Community Spirit grants have been awarded to a wide range of initiatives including youth training programs, programs in the aged care and early childhood sectors, cancer prevention and support and events that promoted the unique nature and benefits of living in regional Queensland.
In addition to Community Spirit grants, each year the QCF awards one $15,000 Community Growth grant.
“Our Community Growth grants give us an opportunity to partner with organisations to fund a larger program and really understand the challenges that organisation faces in implementing their programs,” Ms Bhatia said. “Community Spirit grants have been awarded to a range of organisations over time, and in 2020 we are pleased to announce it will be used by the Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of Queensland as seed funding to establish a pool of patient support and nurse education scholarships for the Mackay region”. Read more about the latest Community Growth grant here.
“The focus of our Community Grant program has evolved over the years and we now focus more on capacity building grants or innovative local projects that link together existing services” said Ms Bhatia. “We try to prioritise collaborative projects that harness and enhance existing programs rather than recreate things”.
Applications for the next round of Community Spirit grants are now open.
“We’re excited to see the next round of applications and to understand how the QCoal Foundation can continue to build resilient regional and remote communities by supporting health, education and liveability initiatives,” Ms Bhatia said.
Applications close 31 August 2020. Click here for grant criteria and details on how to apply.