TODAY the Buderim Foundation has celebrated 10 years of giving through its Community Grants Program. A total of $64,000 has been shared by 17 community organisations.
Buderim Foundation grants committee chair, Lisa Edward said it was remarkable to look back over the years at the number of community organisations that had benefited from the Buderim Foundation’s grant program.
“Our first round of grants was delivered in 2008 and we gave out three cheques totaling $16,000. This year, we handed out a massive 16 cheques totaling a remarkable $64,000,” Ms Edwards said.
“Funds raised by the Foundation are carefully invested, and then the interest earned is distributed each year to not-for-profit, community organisations through the Community Grants Program. Each financial grant is used primarily to benefit families living in the 4556-postcode area.
This year, 16 different organisations will benefit after applying for funding for specific projects relating to community arts, sport, environment, family, health and wellness, education, safety, youth, and social not-for-profit organisations.
The Foundation celebrated the major ten years of grants milestone with an afternoon of family fun on the green next to the BWMCA Hall.
Guests were entertained by the Buderim State School performing troupes, Hot Ginger Chorus, Coastal Caring Clowns and the Buderim Male Choir.
Lisa said that each year more people become aware of the Buderim Foundation and generously donate money to our trust funds; the interest earned from these trust funds is then injected back into the Buderim community through our Community Grants Program.
“It’s a truly brilliant model. The trust functions much like a permanent community savings account. It’s incredible to have a lasting source of funds invested in perpetuity, upon which the Buderim community, through the Foundation, can draw to support programs that improve the quality of life in Buderim!”
“The Buderim Foundation relies on donations so that we can carefully invest this money and distribute the interest earned through community grants, and I am happy to say that every year this amount grows,” Lisa said
The Buderim Foundation 2017 Community Grant recipients are:
- Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc – $1,485 for a flammable substances storage unit.
- Buderim Community Kindergarten and Preschool – $4,000 for their Wintergarden Safe-Shaded Space Project
- Buderim Concert Band – $1,000 for musical scores and instruction manuals
- Buderim Cricket Club – $4,000 for a new oval scoreboard
- Buderim Horse and Pony Club – $5,000 to go towards providing a safe environment for their horses and members at the Ballinger Park Sports Complex.
- Buderim Men’s Shed – $2,711 for an industrial cutting guide and router bench top
- Buderim Wanderers Football Club – $4,000 for electronic scoreboard
- Buderim War Memorial Community Organisation – $6,145 towards hall floor refurbishments.
- Fusion Sunshine Coast – $3,630 for an air conditioning upgrade for Alcooringa Centre
- Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir – $688 for purchase of sheet music for the Youth Choir
- Suncoast Clippers – $4,000 towards construction of an outside quarter Basketball Court for public use
- SunnyKids Inc – $10,000 to run the SunnyKids Mentoring Through Sport program at Buderim Mountain and Mountain Creek State Schools
- Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra – $640 for a Christmas String Workshop and Concert for school children
- Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled Association – $8,202 for replacement and upgrade of arena equipment
- Sunshine FM – $3,000 for the purchase of on-air delay facility for monitoring and control
- Team ADEM – $1,817 for the purchase of a dedicated Team ADEM laptop computer
- University of the Sunshine Coast Barbarians Rugby Club – $4,000 for a rugby skills program for Buderim children
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The purpose of the Buderim Foundation is to build a stronger community by harnessing the power of giving. The goal is to be widely known for our vital role in making Buderim a vibrant, generous and just community. The Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation that generates income from donations and bequests from local community residents which it distributes by way of annual grants for community projects.
The grants are offered to not-for-profit organisations in the Buderim community, or not-for-profit community organisations that provide services to the Buderim community.