Buderim Foundation announces 2011 Grant winners

The Buderim Memorial Hall was packed for the Buderim Foundation’s Good News Night last Friday, 16 September as the Foundation announced the winning applicants of the 2011 Community Grants Program and the Youth in Philanthropy Program.

Eight community grants totalling a record sum of $22,010 were awarded bringing the total grants distributed by the Foundation over the past four years to over $100,000.

The successful applicants of the 2011 Grants Program were Buderim SAILS (Anglican Sailing Adventures in Life Skills), receiving $5,000 for “The B150 History Project”; Maroochy Waterwatch Inc. receiving $3,500 for its “Bring back the Butterflies” project; Buderim – Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. receiving $2,500 for its “Interpretive Signage” project; BATS Theatre Co. Inc. receiving $4,000 for its “Purchase of a standard wireless talkback system” project; Rotary Club of Buderim (sponsor of Buderim Men’s Shed Steering Committee) receiving $4,000 for its “Establishment of an Operational Men’s Shed” project; Buderim Mountain State School P&C Assoc. receiving $2,000 for its “Collaborative School Arts Project celebrating Buderim 150” project; Coastal Caring Clowns, receiving $600 for its “Training to New Clowns” project and U3A (sponsor on behalf of U3A Birdwatching Group), receiving $410 for its “Birds on Buderim – to celebrate Buderim 150” project.

Funding from the Buderim Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy Program was awarded to Fusion Sunshine Coast, who received $4,600 towards the cost of purchasing and erecting a large shed to house their new Streetwork bus.

Fusion Sunshine Coast will also receive $9,000 over three calendar years towards the delivery of youth programs arising out of the Foundation’s 2009 youth-led planning process. The Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership will receive $3,000 for three twilight cinemas with the possibility of funding for three more cinemas in the second year.

Chair of the Buderim Foundation, Paul Clark said he was pleased to present the grants to such worthy organisations dedicated to benefiting the Buderim community.

“Thanks to the support and generous contributions of local businesses and residents, the Buderim Foundation has been able to continue providing more funding for grants to quality local community projects,” Paul said.

“Grants are offered to not-for-profit organisations in the Buderim community, or not-for-profit Sunshine Coast community organisations that are able to provide services to the Buderim community,” Paul said.

The Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation, which aims to generate income from donations and bequests from community members and provide grants for community projects.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation or the 2011 grants program, please visit, www.buderimfoundation.org.au.

Photo: 2011 Grant recipients from Good News Night

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