Gambling Community Benefit Fund
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund has announced changes to the application process for grants using an online grants portal. The new system will be accessible through more devices and operating systems and will reduce the time it takes to apply for grants.
As regular recipients of grants from the Fund, Scouts Queensland have been chosen to assist with testing the new system and the Grants and Project Office is currently working with the Department and providing feedback on the system’s functionality.
Applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund by Queensland Scout Formations will still be submitted through the Branch Support Office and Formations will be registered under the auspice of Scouts Queensland.
The maximum value of grants awarded will remain at $35,000 and there will continue to be four grant rounds a year. However due to the launch of the new system, the next round will not open until November 2016 and will close in mid-January 2017.
More information regarding the application process will be circulated to all Formations once the testing stage has been completed and the system is ready to be launched for applications.
Get in the Game – Get Started Vouchers
Round 8 of the Get Started Voucher program will close on 27 November 2016, please continue to forward all Get Started Vouchers received to the Branch Support Office so that they can be redeemed and the funds allocated in good time.
Round 9 of the Get Started Voucher program will open on 25 January 2017, please give families plenty of notice to apply for these vouchers because they were fully allocated in less than a week last year.
For those who are not familiar with the program, Get Started Vouchers assist children and young people who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from, joining a sport or active recreation club. Eligible children and young people can apply for a voucher valued up to
$150 towards the cost of membership.
Queensland Scout Foundation
Since April 2016, the Queensland Scout Foundation has awarded 12 grants valued in total at nearly $50,000 for projects that assist Formations with the development and delivery of the youth program. The Fund also supports applications for funding projects that assist Formations in meeting their compliance requirements and to carry out urgent maintenance work to secure the ongoing safety of Members and the Association.
For more information regarding the Queensland Scout Foundation and for details on how to apply, please refer to the Branch website: https://scoutsqld.com.au/members/resources/grants/queensland-scout-foundation