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Powell Media Release – Community grants made easy (18 March 2014)

Community organisations in Glass House will soon find it easier to apply for Community Benefit Fund grants of up to $35,000 thanks to a new, simple, one stop process introduced by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie in Parliament today.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said four funding programs would be merged into one and the level of funding would be standardised.

“This will take the guesswork out of the grants process, which will make life much easier for eligible community groups,” Mr Powell said.

“In the past, community groups have had to spend considerable time interpreting their eligibility for funding, depending on which grant they were applying for.

“The merging of the four current funding programs, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund, Breakwater Island Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund means eligible organisations will have simple, one stop access to funding to help them continue their important work.

“Four funding rounds each year means they come around quickly and this simplified approach will mean the application process is no longer a dreaded task for organisations.

“By introducing one system for the whole State, we have also levelled the playing field to ensure money is going to the groups who need it most.

“Community organisations will be eligible for grants of up to $35,000.”

Mr Powell encouraged all eligible groups to take advantage of the new one-step opportunity when it soon comes into effect.

The new amalgamated program is expected to be available for the funding round that opens mid-July and closes August 31, 2014.

For more information on these changes and for grant applications, please visit

ENDS- 18 March 2014



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