Stockland Gladstone announced the winners of its inaugural Community Grants program over the weekend. Over 25 local community groups in the Gladstone region applied for a share of $5,000 to help support community facilities, community-based programs and local opportunities.
Five deserving Gladstone-based community groups will each be awarded a $1,000 grant as part of the Community Grants program, with the following winners receiving the highest number of votes by the community; Autism Queensland (Gladstone), Gladstone Area Promotion and Development, Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing, Friends of RSPCA and the Gladstone South State School P&C Committee.
The group of recipients is varied and benefits a broad range of residents in our region from childcare through to seniors and even animals! GAPDL used their funds to host a free community event for National Playgroup Day that was held on Wednesday 26th of March and was a great success attracted hundreds of children. Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing were one of the most popular finalists and received the most votes with an impressive tally of 289. Their funding will be used to upgrade the facilities at the Port Curtis Senior Citizens Centre. Gladstone South State School P&C are spending their grant on purchasing Jacaranda Atlas’s for the school to assist in teaching children about geography and map reading techniques while Autism Queensland are purchasing iPads for educational learning and therapy sessions at the Barry Street Centre to help children develop their learning and interaction.
The Friends of RSCPA will be using their funds to create signage for their newly built facility to help promote and build awareness of their adoption days which will assist in rehoming their abandoned, surrendered, and unloved animals housed in their facility. Judy Whicker, President of Friends of RSPCA was thrilled with the news ‘ We were very excited to hear we had been awarded a $1,000 grant and we are contracting a local artist to create our signage with the funding. We are all volunteers and aim to save as many abandoned, unloved and surrendered dogs and cats in the region as we can. Last year we saved over 588 cats and dogs adopting them out to loving homes, so the new signage will definitely help us in increasing this number.’
“Stockland is very pleased to award these grants to such worthy and deserving community organisations. They help the communities in which we operate to thrive and we value their continued support and efforts,” said Michael Rosmarin, Chief Operating Officer at Stockland.
Stockland’s Community Grants were awarded to recipients who responded to a range of selection criteria, relating to Stockland’s key community focus areas of: health and wellbeing; lifelong learning and prosperity; or sense of belonging and vitality and received the most number of public votes.