Buderim Foundation announces more community grants

In its second round of grants for this financial year, the Buderim Foundation presented cheques totaling nearly $28,000 in grants to five community organisations on Friday evening. The presentations were made during the Foundation’s first social event for 2014 at Buderim’s Craft Cottage.

The Buderim Foundation provides grants to local worthy non-profit organisations and community groups across a range of sectors including sport, arts, environment, history, health and education. Sustainable Partnerships Australia received $14,162.50 for their Philanthropy in Schools Project.

Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA) received a grant of $6,400 to go towards the cost of painting the Memorial Hall and Sunshine Coast Hockey received $2,600 for a new set of goal boxes on their synthetic turf surface.

Also receiving grants were Martins Creek Headwaters Action Group for the rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance of Martins Creek park area and United Synergies for a community education campaign to improve the mental health of children in Buderim. Each organisation received $2400.

Buderim Foundation Chair, Professor Paul Clark said each year the community Grants Program continues to grow, and it’s very pleasing to see an increasing number of worthwhile community initiatives that benefit Buderim and its residents being selected to receive grants.

“This year is no exception with $14,162.50 in one grant being awarded to Sustainable Partnerships Australia (SPA) for their Philanthropy in Schools Project.

“This sets a record as the largest single grant awarded in the Foundation’s 10 year history,” he added,” Prof. Clark said.

Professor Clark said the unique project developed by SPA will involve the participation of a group of students in Year 10 from Chancellor State Collage and Siena College who will gain a valuable hands-on experience of philanthropy work in the local community.

“This grant will help the students acquire the necessary skills, then raise funds to support a local worthy cause of their choice,” Prof. Clark said.

The Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation, which generates income from donations and bequests from community individuals, families and businesses, invests those funds wisely, then provides grants for community projects now and into the future.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation or the 2014 grants program, please visit, www.buderimfoundation.org.au.

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