Local community groups collect in latest Giving Fund Round

BAC Community Giving Fund recipients

What do a facility caring for young adults with acquired brain injuries, a volunteer marine rescue service and a local community group that makes sailing available to the disabled all have in common?

They are among 43 recipients sharing in more than $35,000 in Community Giving Fund grants from Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC).

Forty three local community groups and organisations were announced as the successful grant recipients of the fourth round of the Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund at a special morning tea ceremony this week.

Julieanne Alroe BAC CEO and Managing Director said the corporation is proud to support local groups and organisations to help them continue the fantastic work they do to make our community a better place.

“These organisations are the fabric of our great city. Working relentlessly behind the scenes to make a difference, they provide help to those in need and often when they need it the most and it’s our privilege to help,” Ms Alroe said.

Brisbane Airport is a dedicated supporter of local charity, community, arts and sporting organisations distributing around $1 million in sponsorship and philanthropic donations each year and established the Community Giving Fund in 2014 specifically to help grass roots community groups.

Through the Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund, twice yearly BAC calls for applications for grants for projects that provide health and wellbeing, safety, sport, education, environment or other community benefits and other community initiatives.

Recipients of this round of grants include:

Brisbane School of Distance Education: Based in Coorparoo, the Brisbane School of Distance Education will put the grant towards developing an online program with The Lab to provide a tech club for 10 to 16 year old ASD students with Autism. The Lab is a place for students to receive mentoring from professional IT tutors and skills development. The school has over 300 diagnosed students with Autism from all over Queensland.

Sailability Shorncliffe: This local community group operating out of the QCYC Marina since 2007 which makes sailing available to people with disabilities regardless of their ability, will use its grant to replace sails on some of its specially designed boats. Sailability Shorncliffe takes over 1,300 people with disabilities sailing each year.

Carinity Education Southside: This Special Assistance School for young women who have previously disengaged from mainstream schooling is based in Sunnybank. Most students have experienced trauma and/or disadvantage and many come from low socio-educational backgrounds. Carinity’s grant will go towards hosting a health and well-being day for students at the school.

Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative (NCEC) will use its grant towards hospitality training and basic business planning workshops for people from refugee backgrounds. In partnership with Multicultural Development Association MDA Ltd, NCEC is allowing a number of communities to use their kitchen in the evening to trial a 'pop up' restaurant so they can gain experience and hopefully a foothold in the industry.

Full list of March Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund grant recipients:

• Community Friendship Centre

• Aspley View Club

• Harty Street Community Kindergarten

• SEQ Special Children's Christmas Party

• Brisbane School of Distance Education P&C

• Sailability Shorncliffe Inc.

• Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Qld Inc.

• Active Refugee and Migrant Integration in Australia

• Competitor - Queensland Indigenous Netball

• Grange Thistle Soccer Club

• Hamilton State School P&C

• Competitor - Pine Rivers BMX Club

• Childs Vision Pty Ltd

• Carinity Education Southside

• Sandgate & District (St. Margaret's) Home Assist Secure

• Karuna Hospice Services

• Nundah Community Support Group Inc

• Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie Island In.

• Banyo Nundah Catholic Parish

• Tarragindi War Memorial Kindergarten

• Saints Peter and Paul’s School P&F

• Wesley Mission Brisbane

• Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative

• Community Living Association

• Zonta Brisbane East

• Suited to Success Inc

• Bardon District Girl Guides

• Meadowlands Men's Shed

• Speld Qld

• Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee

• Help Me With It

• St Vincent de Paul, Carina

• Mount Gravatt Kindergarten

• St Kieran's Superhero Fete

• Wooloowin State School P&C

• Australian Youth Aerospace Forum

• Wounded Heroes Association Inc

• Holland Park Kindergarten Association Inc

• Kedron Brook Catchment Network

• Harmony Place• Friends of Asher House Inc

• Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group (SANDBAG)

• Bayside Adolescent Boarding Incorporated 

For more information about BAC’s Community Giving Fund please click here.

Last year, BAC was named Corporate Philanthropist of the Year in the Queensland Community Foundation 2015 Philanthropist of the Year Awards.