Over $35,000 has been given to local North Queensland charities this week to help them continue to provide vital services to our community, bringing the total grants from North Queensland Community Foundation to over $140,000 in grants to the region since 2016.

The North Queensland Community Foundation (NQCF) has allocated seven grants to projects that provide critical support to our most vulnerable community members.

The funding is part of the Queensland Community Foundation’s (QCF) annual regional grants program.

The projects include a new commercial refrigerator for a volunteer run community pantry in Townsville, hospital waiting room wall murals, new outdoor furniture for Tully Nursing Home, an upgrade to the First Aid Room at Arcadian Surf Life Saving Club, new computer equipment for a crisis accommodation centre for young people in Mackay, an art program for youth in Manoora, cultural competency training for court volunteers in Cairns and essential school supplies for children impacted by family violence, helping them to get back to school as soon as possible.

The NQCF was set up as a QCF sub-fund with a locally appointed committee to specifically help local community groups and vulnerable people in North Queensland.

All donations to North Queensland Community Foundation are pooled and invested, with the income from the fund granted only to charities in North Queensland.