25 Feb QGC’s Grants Writer Service Launches!
Shell QGC is proud to announce its new Grants Writer Service in Gladstone.
The Grant’s Writer Service will help local businesses and community groups identify and apply for funding grants and administer grants funds. Grants funding not only benefits the recipient organisation but the broader community by bringing community projects to life utilising local suppliers where possible.
The service is funded by Shell’s QGC Business and Gladstone Regional Council to a total of $50,000 and will be delivered by NFP House.
Shell’s QGC business Acting LNG plant manager, Carolyn Au, said it was exciting to see the Grants Writer initiative, a concept which Shell’s QGC business has developed and funded in the Western Downs, being brought to Gladstone.
“The feedback from our communities beyond Gladstone, who utilise a similar service, is they have been able to upskill and more successfully access grants funds. In turn, they have seen the social benefits associated with local community projects coming to life, and the economic benefits of additional local spend opportunities,” Carolyn said.
“We’re excited to see how this new opportunity for Gladstone, being delivered by NFP House, benefits our region.”
The concept was raised during discussions regarding opportunities to support both local businesses and community groups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gladstone Region Councillor Chris Cameron said grants writer support has emerged as an increasingly important service, as the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the profitability of local businesses and both the fundraising and volunteering capacity of community groups.
“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the fundraising and volunteering capacity of community groups, not only in our region but across the state and country,” Councillor Cameron said.
“The grant writing program is designed to assist both not-for-profit organisations and small to medium businesses in the Gladstone Region to successfully apply for funding grants, including government and private sector offerings.
Co-CEO Lyndal Hansen said,
“This collaborative support will meet a need that we consistently hear from businesses and community groups who often miss out on funding opportunities due to limited in-house experience in grant writing.
“As a local not-for-profit business ourselves, we are thrilled that this collaborative initiative of GRC and Shell’s QGC business will enable us to meet our NFP House goals, to support capacity building in our community to achieve great things for the Gladstone Region.”
NFP House will be offering both one-to-one support and group workshop opportunities to assist businesses and community groups build their grant writing capacity and improve their chances of success when applying for funding.