Gold Coast Airport has put the call out for local community groups in desperate need of extra funding to apply for its annual Community Benefit Fund.
Dozens of community groups have benefited from the fund, which offers cash grants of up to $1,000. Over 150 groups supported by the initiative since it was brought in by the Airport’s parent company, Queensland Airports Limited, in 2006.
This 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 for the fourth year in a row.
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It is also calling for initiatives aimed at supporting local indigenous communities or enhancing indigenous cultural awareness.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the airport was committed to advancing the Gold Coast and northern NSW regions and the Community Benefit Fund was an important vehicle to achieve that.
“This fund works well for schools, sporting clubs, charities, community support services and surf clubs,” she said.
“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 almost 50 initiatives across the group and about half of the total applications received.
“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 a long time to develop.”
Applications are open now until 23 June 2019.
For more information and to apply, visit www.goldcoastairport.com.au/corporate/community-benefitfund