Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund grants available for Sunshine Coast organisations helping those in need

Applications are now open for the 2022 Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund to assist eligible charity organisations that help those in need throughout the Sunshine Coast community.

Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund 2021 Grants – Susan Beaton(YouTurn), Rebecca Ramsay(BF), Fiona Browne,Jo Higgins(Lily House), Roy&Nola Thompson, Kathleen Hope(SunnyKids),Michele Lipner(OzHarvest), Dr Russell Stitz (BF),Tanya Bell (YouTurn) – photo by Ross Eason.

The Buderim Foundation became the trustee for the Thompson Charitable Trust in 2021 and this will be the second year the Foundation has offered grants from the fund.

Foundation Grants Committee chair, Rebecca Ramsay said Organisations that provide services for those unable to achieve a modest standard of living, were invited to assess their eligibility for the 2022 grants program from 4th April 2022, with applications closing on 8th May.

“In 2021, four organisations providing support to people experiencing homelessness and financial distress due to domestic violence and other circumstance on the Sunshine Coast, were awarded grants totalling $110,000 from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund,” Mrs Ramsay said.

The organisations and projects receiving grants in 2021 included:

  • Youturn Youth Support received funds to fit out two Tiny Houses which will provide affordable living for vulnerable young people, and support for driver’s license costs for four young people.
  • SunnyKids Sunshine Coast received a grant to provide assistance to 100 individuals at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence and economic instability.
  • Ozharvest received money to purchase over 16 tonnes of food to support 20 recipient agencies that provide essential meals for people in need.
  • Lily House received a grant to provide funding for emergency living and school needs and food support for women and their children in crisis.

“The 2021 grants were the first distributed by the Buderim Foundation from the Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund, which was established through a large multi-million-dollar donation by Sunshine Coast philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson,” Mrs Ramsay said.

The Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund operates as does the Foundation’s other investments.  That is, the investment fund will be preserved in perpetuity with only the revenue being distributed each year.

The grants are open to organisations providing support throughout the Sunshine Coast, including the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council areas.

Mrs Ramsay said all the information about eligibility, the guidelines and how to apply for this year’s Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund grants round was on the Buderim Foundation website at – https://www.buderimfoundation.org.au/grants/the-buderim-foundation-thompson-fund/.

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that aims to enrich and enhance the quality of life for people who live in the Buderim area.  This new Fund will allow it to expand its charitable work to people in need throughout the Sunshine Coast.

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