Buderim Foundation awards almost $60,000 in Community Grants

The Buderim Foundation is today awarding almost $60,000 in grants to be shared by 14 community-based organisations, as part of its annual Community Grants Celebration.

The Buderim Foundation 2022 Grant recipients – photo by Cheryl Nonmus

Buderim Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the Foundation was delighted to once again provide support to community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area.

“The grants come from earnings made from the Foundation’s investment fund, 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 14 Community Grants with a total value of $59879.54.”

The special Grants Celebration will be held on Saturday 10th September at the Buderim War Memorial Hall and is a Covid-Safe event.

“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 15th year grants have been distributed. Since 2008, a total of $731,826 has been distributed to 90 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 upgrades to infrastructure.”

This year’s grants include $10,000 to Buderim Mountain State School P&C for new more sustainable lighting for School oval and tennis court, $5,061.46 for Cittamani Hospice Service for specialist medical equipment for loan to patients to enable them to remain at home comfortably and safely and $7,253.42 for LifeFlight Foundation for new safety equipment to support LifeFlight rescue helicopter crew. (A full list of recipients is on the following the page.)

The Community Grants follow on the distribution of $136,950 earlier this year from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund to support people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast. These grants included grants to Coast2Bay Housing Group, Lily House and Sunny Kids. (Full details of these grants are included following the Community Grants list.)

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 as they have been unable to run their regular fundraising events due to Covid restrictions. 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 the one of the most important day on the Foundation’s calendar.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit the website at www.buderimfoundation.org.au.


Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association – $3,754 for upgrade of Automatic Identification System on Rescue Vessel “Rotary III”

Buderim Concert Band – $3,850 for the replacement of musical stands and towards band uniforms

Buderim Historical Society – $2,478 for upgrade of computer archiving system to facilitate access to the archive by members, school groups etc

Buderim Male Choir – $3,421.08 for a new keyboard to accompany the choir at practice and performances

Buderim Men’s Shed – $4,620.08 for a new modern word turning lathe for use of members

Buderim Mountain State School P&C – $10,000 for new more sustainable lighting for School Oval and Tennis Court

Buderim Wanderers Football Club Inc – $5,175.50 for a new public address (PA) system for use at Club games and events.

Cittamani Hospice Service – $5,061.46 for specialist medical equipment for loan to patients to enable them to remain at home comfortably and safely.

LifeFlight Foundation – $7,253.42 for new safety equipment to support LifeFlight rescue helicopter crew

Maroochydore SES – $2,100 for a new ‘Short Throw’ projector to be used during activations to display operational tasking information for the Incident Management Team.

Siena Football Club – $6,685 for three new quality portable soccer goals for training, coaching courses and soccer game fixtures.

St Mark’s Anglican Church Buderim – $458 – to purchase and promote a street library and bench seat, encouraging personal connections and promoting reading, sharing both literature, culture and Christian education/stories in the community

SunnyKids Inc – $3,874 to go towards the cost of new case management laptops to assist to connect people and coordinate services for vulnerable Buderim families.

University of the Sunshine Coast Athletics Club – $1,149 for a new portable Public Address (PA) System to replace one which was stolen for use at training and events.



Aus Living Support – $46,600 for their Living Support’s Rental Supplement Program which is a 100% local program designed to assist those at risk of becoming homeless.  The program pays $200 towards their rent per week, which is paid direct to the real estate or landlord, ongoing payments assessed every two months.  Support is given to the families for a period of up to 6 months with regular assessments.

Coast2Bay Housing Group – $40,000 to complete the fit out and furnishings of 4 homes providing emergency accommodation for women and children impacted by domestic and family violence

Gateway Care – $5,000 for the purchase of trolleys and baskets to assist those utilising the Gateway Care Food Centre which provides a Food Rescue Program, providing emergency food relief for families in crisis, groceries for low-income families via their Food Centre, and Community Hub for families in need.

Lily House – $20,000 to purchase items necessary to complete the “Lily House forever home” being supported accommodation for women in crises.  Items include brushcutter, ride on mower, outdoor setting, security lights and camera and security screens and doors.

Sunny Kids – $30,350 to continue to provide direct assistance to domestic and family violence victims and/or those at risk of homelessness including food or clothing relief or emergency accommodation.

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