New fund to financially support local community groups

New fund to financially support local community groups

From next month local not-for-profit groups will be able to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 under the $250,000 Together Gladstone Fund.

Opening August 1, the fund, which is supported by local major industry and administered by Gladstone Regional Council, will support the region’s social, tourism and economic sectors through focused investment until December 31.

Mayor Matt Burnett said council was proud to be involved in an initiative “that has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of the region’s residents”.

“The theme of council’s budget handed down in June was Collective Delivery, and I am pleased to launch Together Gladstone, collectively, with our valued industry partners,” Councillor Burnett said.

“In addition to their individual COVID community recovery initiatives, our local industries have very generously contributed an additional one per cent of their rates total, equating to around $250,000, to invest in the Together Gladstone fund.

“Council applied a rates freeze in our 2020/21 Budget to all ratepayers except major industries, and through their rating contributions they have played a substantial role in supporting the region’s continued recovery.”

Not-for-profits are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver initiatives in the areas of Health and Wellbeing, Prevention of Domestic Violence, Youth and Education through the fund.

The Together Gladstone Fund is supported by Boyne Smelters Limited, ConocoPhillips as downstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, Queensland Alumina Limited, Rio Tinto Yarwun, Santos GLNG and Shell’s QGC business.

For more information, or to submit a grant application, visit www.gladstone.smartygrants.com.au/TogetherGlad.