Assistance for our youngest to oldest residents in 2023 Buderim Foundation Community Grants

More than $97,000 is being awarded to community organisations benefiting the residents of the Buderim and 4556 region as part of the Buderim Foundation’s annual Community Grants Celebration.

Buderim Foundation 2023 grants

Funds will be awarded to 21 community organisations for projects ranging from kindergarten shade sails, the development of Dementia Awareness and Education programs and resources for cancer and palliative care patients as well as mental health programs, assistance to purchase new vehicles for nursing and animal rescue and more.

Buderim Foundation Grants Committee Chair Rebecca Ramsay said the Foundation was delighted to provide a record funding amount this year for support to community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area.

“The grants come from earnings made from the Foundation’s investment funds, so it is thanks to everyone’s donations and the hard work of our Investment Committee that we are able to deliver the much-needed funding,” Rebecca said.

“This year, we will be awarding 21 Community Grants with a total value of $97,942.”

The special Grants Celebration will be held on Sunday, 10th September, at the Buderim War Memorial Hall.

“The Buderim Foundation concept is simple and has three key components.  Money in, where donations and bequests are received, money managed, where these funds are carefully invested and then money out, with the income from the investments distributed as grants to organisations supporting the 4556 community,” Rebecca said.

This year is the 16th year grants have been distributed. Since 2008, a total of $829,767 has been distributed to 97 community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area.

“These grants will make a big difference to the lives of many in our community, enabling the purchase of much-needed, and in some cases, life-saving equipment; and financing vital infrastructure and vehicles.”

See the full list of Buderim Foundation Community Grant recipients at the bottom of this article.

The Buderim Foundation Grants Program is open to not-for-profit community-based organisations that provide services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode area and often beyond.

This year community groups have been under additional pressure because of the current economic conditions, including high inflation. Grants like these from the Buderim Foundation will allow them to continue their operations and services to our community.

Grants are awarded to projects relating to eight areas of interest, including those which seek to strengthen the fabric of the community, help residents live healthy and fulfilling lives and protect and preserve our natural environment. The Buderim Foundation considers the Community Grants Celebration one of the most important days on the Foundation’s calendar.

The Community Grants announced today follow on from grants from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Charitable Fund of $184,300 so far this year. These grants, to support people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast, were made to Gateway Care, Lily House and SunnyKids. Since 2021, the total distributed from this fund is $468,872, which has been provided to nine Sunshine Coast community organisations.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit the website at


  • Buderim Community Kindergarten and Preschool Ass Inc – $4,462 for shade sails to cover the swing area.
  • Buderim Craft Cottage Assoc Inc – $2,655 for a St Johns Ambulance G5 Defibrillator.
  • Buderim Dementia Alliance – $3,180 for printed and electronic fact and help sheets to promote dementia awareness and education.
  • Buderim Horse and Pony Club Inc – $3,500 for a new mower to maintain grounds.
  • Buderim Men’s Shed – $1,974 for lead lighting equipment.
  • Buderim War Memorial Community Assoc Inc (BWMCA) – $10,000 for the upgrade of sound systems at the Buderim War Memorial Hall for all community users.
  • Cancer Patients Foundation – $7,000 for their Look Good Feel Better program.
  • Cittamani Hospice Service – $10,000 towards a replacement Specialist Nurse vehicle.
  • Headland Buderim Croquet Club – $1,676 for a RM33 Chilled Water Bubbler.
  • Kanyini Connections Ltd (Hoofbeats Sanctuary) – $1,037 for program equipment and materials for 2023-2024.
  • LifeFlight Foundation – $4,645 for new safety equipment to support LifeFlight rescue helicopter crew.
  • Magnolia Health – $3,036 for the Buderim Walk for Endo (Endometriosis).
  • Maroochydore SES Support Assoc Inc – $3,879 for equipment to support members during activations.
  • Mountain Creek Junior Australian Football Club – $2,200 for a line marking machine.
  • SLSQ Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter – $5,098 for Alpha Aircrew Helmets.
  • Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge Society – $10,000 towards a new SCARS Animal Transport and Rescue vehicle.
  • Sunshine Coast Art Group – $1,621 for expanding creative spaces with Native Landscaping.
  • Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled RDA Inc – $8,367 for a shade shed for weather protection of participants during SCRDA programs.
  • The Compass Institute – $4,000 for Honey Bees at Compass Farm.
  • University of the Sunshine Coast Athletics Club – $4,363 for shade marquees for USCAC Athletes.
  • Wishlist – Sunshine Coast Health Foundation – $5,239 for equipment support for the Multidisciplinary Continence Service for Children.

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