Gold Coast charities received 14 grants totalling $40,238 to help them continue to provide vital services for our local community.

As part of Queensland Community Foundation’s annual regional grants program, the Gold Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) today confirmed grants to assist a wide range of projects on the Gold Coast providing critical support for our most vulnerable community members.

Projects included essential baby items for struggling families, a family day for children with cystic fibrosis, a free workshop for those supporting someone addicted to drugs and alcohol, an upgrade to community centre car park, acoustic carpet in six therapy rooms for children with sensory needs, and essential school supplies to help vulnerable children get back to school whose lives are disrupted by family violence.

Gold Coast charities that have directly benefited include Zephyr Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Queensland, Surf Life Saving Queensland at Point Danger, The Clown Doctors at Gold Coast University Hospital, Kidney Health Australia (Robina), Animal Welfare League of Queensland (Helensvale), My Community  Legal Centre Inc (Robina and Southport) and Baby Give Back based out of Varsity Lakes.

Baby Give Back aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing families in crisis with clean, safe baby essentials.  Baby Gives Back received a grant from the Gold Coast Community Foundation to help establish their Safe Start Project, which aims to improve community connectedness, health and wellbeing.  The program works collaboratively with social services providers, hospitals, community members and volunteers to provide cots, prams, nappies, toiletries and clothes for struggling families with newborns.

“Baby Gives Back is the only charity of its kind on the Coast.  This Gold Coast Community Foundation grant will help us help at least another 100 families in South East Queensland that are unable to provide the essentials for their children” CEO Carly Fradgley said.  “We believe every baby deserves a safe start to life regardless of their parent’s situation”.

The Gold Coast Community Foundation, a regional committee of QCF, was specifically set up to help vulnerable people and community groups on the Gold Coast.  Started in 1999 with then Chairman former Gold Coast Mayor Gary Baildon,  the Gold Coast Community Foundation has distributed over $260,000 since 2006.

Donations to the Gold Coast Community Foundation are pooled and invested, with the income from the fund given away only to charities on the Gold Coast.

“Donating to GCCF will mean annual financial support for deserving Gold Coast charities. A gift now, or by your will, provides hope for a better future for the less fortunate in our community” said GCCF Chair Richard Attwood.

To help build the capacity of the Gold Coast Community Foundation and find out how you can ‘give where you live’ contact QCF on 3360 3854, website www.qcf.org.au or email enquiries@qcf.org.au.  All donations are tax-deductible.