Seven Sunshine Coast charities have received grants totalling just over $36,000 this month to support their wonderful work within the local community.

The Sunshine Coast Community Foundation (SCCF) awarded the seven grants to a wide range of projects that provide critical support to our most vulnerable community members as part of Queensland Community Foundation’s (QCF) annual regional grants program with this year’s round bringing the total grants from Sunshine Coast Community Foundation to over $303,000.

The projects include funding for school suppliers to help children affected by domestic violence, improved accessibility for wheelchair access at a social enterprise nursery, school kits and advocacy for kids with eczema, a hospice CCTV system and the purchase of a double horse float for an animal-assisted therapy program for people with a disability.

The SCCF was set up as a QCF sub-fund with a locally appointed committee to specifically help community groups and vulnerable people on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Philanthropist and Humanitarian Sir Clem Renouf helped set up the SCCF in 1997, alongside former Queensland Premier The Honourable Mike Ahern AO and Bill Taylor, founder of The Big Pineapple in Woombye.

This year’s grant beneficiaries include Katie Rose Cottage Hospice in Noosa, Maroochydore State Emergency Service, STEPS Charity in Caloundra and Sunshine Butterflies in Noosaville.

“Many thanks to our wonderful donors on the Sunshine Coast. We have had a favourable outcome for this Fund in the past year.  Under the current climate it is important we build the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation even more this year with an increased number of charities needing assistance,” said SCCF Acting Chair Lesley Muir. “Sunshine Coast residents are well known for giving where you live and I encourage you to do so, now more than ever.”

“Sunshine Butterflies is thrilled to receive $8,000 funding towards the purchase of a double horse float for our community facility,” said Lucy from Sunshine Butterflies. “Our therapy animals have been threatened bu bushfires, storms and flooding already this year and now we will be able to transport them to a safe place in future emergency situations which is a huge relief for our community as a whole.”

To help build the capacity of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and find out how you can ‘give where you live’ contact QCF on 07 3360 3854, visit website www.qcf.org.au or email enquiries@qcf.org.au.  All donations are tax-deductible.