Townsville grants helping communities

Published Monday, 18 September, 2023 at 10:35 AM

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice
The Honourable Di Farmer


  • Townsville organisations are among 47 recipients state-wide sharing more than $1 million in Social Enterprise Growth Grants that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders.
  • Grants of up to $25,000 have been awarded to a range of projects– including projects which provide greater access to develop First Nations-led agritourism activities, and support paid employment for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • This is the largest funding round of any of the Social Enterprise Grants programs – which also includes Community Social Enterprise Development Grants, Sector Development Grants and Social Enterprise Development Grants.


More than $1 million in funding for 47 recipients has been announced in the final round of Social Enterprise Growth Grants for 2022-23 that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders.

Examples of how the Social Enterprise Growth Grants will be used across the State include:

  • Gunggandji Aerospace’s Sharing the story of Non-Traditional Pathways project, which will use its grant funding to engage with local Indigenous communities, to promote employment and training opportunities in the aerospace industry.
  • Baby First Aid Qld is delivering in Townsville its valuable Parentmedic program, a two hour baby and child first aid course.

  • Cape York Institute’s Website Improvement project will use grant funding to improve its Mayi Market online store, making it easier for remote Cape York communities to access deliveries of fresh food.

The grants are part of the broader, $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund.

Quotes attributed to the Member for Townsville Scott Stewart:

“The Social Enterprise Grants are just another example of the Palaszczuk Government doing all it can to help our communities with meaningful programs and support.

““The Baby First Aid Qld program is important for mums and dads.

"I’m delighted to see Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare is receive funding. This community group is committed to the preservation and restoration of native vegetation.

“Disadvantaged people are supported through its 'Bush Care Nursery' social enterprise, which propagates and supplies native stock to council, local businesses and community. Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare is committed to caring for country, and connection to country.

“Funding will be used to purchase a marquee frame, trolleys and card holders to further improve the operation of the nursery, as well as to assist the volunteers in their capacity to serve customers of the nursery.

“Palm Island Community Company Ltd is another recipient.

 “A First Nations, community led organization, it provides health and community services, as well as local employment, to the remote Indigenous community of Palm Island. It has developed a range of social enterprises in response to a lack of essential services on Palm Island, including catering, mechanical, transport, freight, landscaping and cleaning services.

“Funding will be used to purchase tools for the mechanical workshop, to support the only mechanical service open to the community on Palm Island.

“This service is also utilised by essential services such as the ambulance and police.

“It is also good to see Sundalah supported to help with its School Reset project which takes its wellbeing framework to high school students."


Quotes attributable to the Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer

“These projects deliver real social impact in our communities.

 “Across countless Queensland communities, social enterprises play a vital role – supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders, while delivering training, skills and services for the greater good.

“Earlier this year, I announced $900,000 in Social Enterprise Growth Grants funding for 42 organisations, to grow and improve their social impact. This round sees even more organisations receive grants of up to $25,000 – directly and indirectly benefiting communities from Palm Island and Cairns, out to Murgon and down to Redland Bay. “

For the full list of grant recipients in Round 2 of the Social Enterprise Growth Grants program, please visit: