Grants with impact in Bundaberg
Published Monday, 18 September, 2023 at 10:31 AM
Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice
The Honourable Di Farmer
- Bundaberg’s IMPACT Community Services Limited, and Oldies Angels Inc are among 47 state-wide recipients 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 (SEGG) for 2022-23 that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders.
Examples of how the Social Enterprise Growth Grants will be used 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.
- Cape York Institute’s Website Improvement project will use grant funding to significantly improve their Mayi Market online store, making it easier for remote Cape York communities to access deliveries of fresh food.
- The Baking Bunch’s Production and Productivity Improvement project, will use funding to purchase kitchen equipment and enhance the sales and growth of its commercial baking business, which provides paid work and training for people with intellectual disabilities.
Almost 120 recipients have benefited from more than $2.5 million in Palaszczuk Government funding across three funding rounds of the Social Enterprise Growth Grants program.
The grants are part of the broader, $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith
“I’m delighted to see IMPACT Community Services Limited receive a grant for its Clean Start project.
“It provides support services, programs and employment for marginalised and disadvantaged people throughout the Wide Bay, Burnett and Discovery Coast regions.
“IMPACT operates two social enterprises, Impact Recycling and New Image Laundry, with Queensland Property Linen Services (QPLS) which provides employment opportunities to disadvantaged people through cleaning and property/yard maintenance services.
“Funding will be used to purchase advanced cleaning and yard maintenance equipment, to expand the services of Queensland Property Linen Services into the real estate industry.
“Oldies Angels Inc, which operates the Angels Mini Mart and Second 2 None social enterprises is also a welcome grant recipient.
“Angels Mini Mart sells low cost groceries which would otherwise be sent to landfill, and provides donated staples such as bread, fruit and vegetables free to people in need. The Mart also provides emergency hampers, and school lunches for children who do not have lunch on a regular basis.
“Second 2 None is a second hand store selling donated furniture, clothes and other unwanted items to people in need.”
“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.”
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: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/future-skills-fund/social-enterprise-grants.