The Buderim Foundation awarded a record amount of $85,022 that was shared by 20 community-based organisations, as part of its biggest ever Community Grants Celebration.
Buderim Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the Foundation was delighted to once again provide a record level of grants to community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area, especially in this very challenging year.
“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.
The special COVIDSafe Grants Celebration was held on Sunday 13th September at the Buderim War Memorial Hall.
“The Buderim Foundation concept is special 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.
“And we are proud to say that donations are not used to cover administration costs as they are all covered by our valued sponsors – Buderim Pharmacy, EdenLea on Buderim and Sunshine Toyota, as well as some special fundraising events.”
This year is the 13th year grants have been distributed.
Since 2008, a total of $636,942 has been distributed to 82 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 State School P&C for new musical instruments; $10,000 to the Buderim Scout Group for repairs and maintenance of their Den; $9,060 to LifeFlight Foundation for their Project Renovation Rescue program and $7,991 to Bloomhill Cancer Care for their Cancer Care & Play Therapy program.
A full list of recipients is below
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.
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 most important day on the Foundation’s calendar.
2020 BUDERIM FOUNDATION COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS:
4 Paws Animal Rescue – $2,200 for fencing to create a dog rehabilitation and exercise area
Beulah Community – $2,200 for Buderim Forest Nature Refuge tracks and statue
Buderim Billiards & Snooker Club – $1,000 for refurbishment of furniture
Bloomhill Cancer Care – $7,991.44 for the Cancer Care & Play Therapy Program
Buderim Craft Cottage – $5,000 for upgrade and extension of a fire door ramp & shed
Buderim Dementia Alliance – $3,000 for a Dementia information brochure
Buderim Horse & Pony Club – $1,365 for new signs and tools to maintain facilities
Buderim Lions Club – $3,073 for a defibrillator and refrigerator
Buderim Male Choir – $2,500 for upgrade of their music storage system
Buderim Men’s Shed – $2,360 for cooling fans for kitchen break area
Buderim Mountain State School P&C – $10,000 for new musical instruments
Buderim Scout Group – $10,000 for repairs and maintenance to the Den
Buderim Wanderers Football Club – $5,041.82 for canteen plant and equipment
Chancellor State College P&C – $548 for their Pace for Paediatrics’ program
Compass Inc – $7,000 for their Bullying Prevention Program
Eric Joseph Foote War Memorial Sanctuary Association – $749 for a new line trimmer
LifeFlight Foundation – $9,060.81 for Project Renovation Rescue
Maroochydore SES – $2,534 for enhanced first aid training for SES volunteers
Sunshine Coast Hockey Association – $3,035.14 for safe seating
Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled – $6,363.64 for their Solar System Project