Community has never been more important

Is it just me or does everyone think community has never been more important?

In the weirdest year in history, Sundale Community Foundation has launched another round of grants for charities operating in Nambour and surrounds, and we’re looking for applications.

Sundale Community Foundation (SCF) is an extension of the aged care provider Sundale.

After 50 years serving the elderly of the Sunshine Coast, Sundale gifted one million dollars to set up the foundation. That money was invested to generate income, and SCF uses those profits to support community projects.

On top of the money generated by the Sundale nest egg, we have grant partnerships with the incredibly generous Ken Mills Toyota and Sundale Limited, thankfully boosting our coffers in a year when the money market hasn’t come to the party.

We’d love to attract more grants like those from Ken Mills and Sundale.  Both organisations are huge supporters of Nambour, they like working with Sundale Community Foundation because we do the hard work finding worthy projects in the area and they write the cheques.

I don’t know a community more deserving of support than Nambour and if your business would like to get on board just give me a call.

The Buderim Foundation has been operating for more than a decade and has distributed almost half a million dollars to projects within the 4556 postcode, we hope to be similarly successful.

If you’re a registered charity or community group, our 2020 grants round is officially open. It doesn’t matter how big or small a project is, we might be able to help.

We don’t ask organisations to jump through any major hoops. Our grant criteria is very clear, just make sure you read the notes and tailor your application to meet the requirements. We encourage any organisation providing benefit to the public to get in touch.

Applicants don’t have to write us a novel, just outline the project and if we have any questions we’ll ask.

The 2019 round of grants bought new bibs, balls and hoops for netballers at Mapleton State School and we helped Nambour Community Centre lease a new car to carry out home visits, take vulnerable people to appointments and deliver food parcels. A small grant allowed some Compass trainees to have fun on a school holiday program and bought new kits for the Nambour Wildcats soccer team.

The Ken Mills Toyota grant bought school shoes and uniforms for children in need, via St Vincent de Paul and thanks to Sundale Limited we gave almost $10 thousand to Nambour Meals on Wheels to buy new fridges and improve food safety.  There was even some money for Spiral Inc to fund new art projects for locals with a disability.

Money for charities like these has never been more important and we are so proud of the work we do. There are hundreds of worthy projects in Nambour, we would love to hear about yours.

Got a question? Contact the station.