Building resilient regional and remote Queensland communities.

The Foundation, led by Chairman Chris Wallin and CEO Sylvia Bhatia, donated $90,000 towards regional and remote initiatives in 2019.

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Regions receive $90,000 in grants in 2019

2019 has been a big year for the QCoal Foundation (QCF), with almost $90,000 distributed through its community grant program to support events and 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.

This year Community Spirit grants were awarded to a range of initiatives including youth training programs, regional sporting activities 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.

In 2019 it was awarded to CheckUP Australia to fund much-needed ear, nose and throat surgery for 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from regional and remote Queensland. The surgery was coordinated by CheckUp in conjunction with Mackay Hospital and Health Service and Northern Queensland Primary Health Network.

“Without prompt treatment for debilitating ENT conditions and follow-up support, children are at risk of delayed speech and educational development which can lead to lifelong disadvantage, so the Foundation was very happy to support this initiative,” Ms Bhatia said.

In addition to grant funding, for the fourth year in a row the Foundation has sponsored a $30,000 scholarship for a student from a regional or remote area to attend James Cook University (JCU).

Ms Bhatia said a highlight has been watching on as the Foundation’s four scholarship students follow their dreams to become a doctor, vet, geologist and engineer.

“All of our scholarship recipients have expressed a desire to return to regional areas when they graduate to live and work, so we can’t wait to see where their careers take them,” she said.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Foundation was also able to offer assistance when severe flooding devastated parts of North Queensland in early 2019.

The QCF funded 14 mental health training sessions run by the Royal Flying Doctor Service for primary producers, frontline workers and members of the community, as well as a resilience project at Wulguru State School whose community had been particularly hard-hit by the floods.

Financial assistance was also provided to 40 flood-affected JCU students – most of whom were young and many a long way from home – to help them get back on their feet.

Applications for the next round of quarterly Community Spirit grants and annual Community Growth grant 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 15 January, 2020. Click here for grant criteria and details on how to apply.