The Buderim Foundation has awarded $70,391 to be shared by 14 community-based organisations, as part of its annual Community Grants Celebration.
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, especially as the challenges of Covid-19 continue.
“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 Grants Celebration will be held on Sunday 12th 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.
“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 14th year grants have been distributed.
Since 2008, a total of $671,947 has been distributed to 87 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 Wishlist for two Smileyscope Virtual Reality units that are used to take the fear out of hospital for kids; $8,309.50 for Buderim Playgroup to assist with improved Inclusive Access; $6,972 for LifeFlight Foundation for new flight helmets; and $5,897.34 for the Compass Institute to support the Compass Garden café, which supports young people with disabilities.
(A full list of recipients is at end of this post.)
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.
2021 Buderim Foundation Community Grant Recipients:
Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club – $2,730 towards two nipper boards, to help make Nippers as affordable as possible for families
Buderim Bowls Club – $1,700 for the fit out of a play area, to provide more facilities for families
Buderim Contract Bridge Club – $5,940 for chairs to provide facilities as part of the Club’s relocation
Buderim Horse & Pony Club – $1,503 for the upgrade of fencing and equipment to help care for the horses
Buderim Men’s Shed – $8,771 for a shade sail for their outdoor barbecue area
Buderim Theatre Company – $2,400 for a computer and theatre steps
Buderim Rebels Hockey Club Inc – $2,620 towards equipment for new teams
The Compass Institute – $5,897 to support Compass Garden Café which supports young people with disabilities
DV Safe Phone Ltd – $9,200 for a phone drop facility including essential equipment needed to test, reset and repurpose donated mobile phones supporting victims of domestic violence
Headland Buderim Croquet Club – $2,849 towards technology to support the growing club to better manage its administrative functions, coaching practices and tournament activities
LifeFlight Foundation – $6,972 for new Aspida flight helmets, crucial equipment to providing the best chance of survival to critically ill and injured patients, reducing the possibility of permanent disability and assisting in a shorter recovery time
Maroochydore SES – $1,500 for saws to be used for operational responses
Buderim Playgroup – $8,309 for improved inclusive access so that is easier to navigate for people with disability and/or anxiety
Wishlist – $10,000 for 2 Smileyscope Virtual Reality units which are used to take the fear out of hospital for kids