Thriving Communities Grants Program 2018

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In 2018, The QFCA administered the Thriving Communities Grants program in partnership with the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. Over $600K in grants up to $10 000 were awarded to 73  successful Neighbourhood and Community Centres around the state.  Here's a snapshot of just some of the great projects we approved in our centres:

Technology: Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre

Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre was able to commence the delivery of basic computer literacy training with one stream targeting CALD and ATSI communities with another stream open to all community members. The computers have also been used as a teaching tool enabling CALD community members to learn English, improve their comprehension and learn or improve their typing skills. Through the Centre’s existing WIFI network the computers have also been used to give community members access to the internet, enabling clients to research, complete and submit forms and applications online, including job applications.

Third Space: Caloundra Community Centre

Caloundra Community Centre created a "Third Space" for centre activities, attracting a visit from Minister O'Rourke.

Children's Book: Somerset Region Neighbourhood Centre

Somerset Region Neighbourhood Centre worked with the Kilcoy Cares Collaborative to develop a children's book called "Crunch Munch, Bugs for Lunch". Children are left with an I CARE message - Include, Consider, Appreciate, Respect and Enjoy. The story is aimed at 3 year old to 10 year old children and was shared with all primary school aged children. Five hundred children from Kilcoy and Mount Kilcoy State Schools attended the book launch and each received a book. Parents, toddlers, teachers and other community members also attended; in total around 600 people participated

Inflatable Outdoor Cinema: Normanton Neighbourhood Centre

The Neighbourhood Centres of Normanton and Karumba puchased 2 inflatable movie cinemas to provide community engagement activities such as evening entertainment for families and youth.  The first time they used the blow up movie screen as a part of the Christmas celebrations they saw 150 members of Normanton attend the event.

Goal Posts: Rollingstone & District Community Assoc.

It has been a long-term goal of the Rollingstone District Community Association to provide as many facilities as possible for all elements of the community. This project brings in an element missing from their community – sporting facilities.  With a population of 1500, the nearest sporting facilities were previously 60km.

Cooking Classes: Elorac Place

Cooking classes were held at Elorac Place, once a week and facilitated by a professional cook from the local area. There were separate classes for adults and young people. The adult classes ran for 3 hours each week and the children’s classes for 21⁄2 hours. Over the 6 week block of classes, the adults and children made both savoury and sweet dishes. A Health and Well being Expo also took place!

Outdoor Garden: Garbutt Community Centre

The grant provided a number of interactive play equipment pieces in the centre’s outdoor garden area, which gave children and young people a chance to play together safely. The grant also went towards upgrades for the area around the centre’s work shed. These upgrades will create a safer working area for community services, as well as Work for the Dole workers who use the gardening and maintenance equipment. 

Great BBQ Cook-Off: Sarina Neighbourhood Centre

The Neighbourhood Centre coordinated “Sarina Barbecue Rules”, a community event for the whole family with live music, food, bar, market stalls, children’s activities and the barbecuing challenge. Nothing connects people quite like a barbecue. Businesses, churches, community groups, education, emergency services and councillors were encouraged to enter a team with everyone invited to cheer them. Outdoor cooking was taken to the next level. The winning team received prizes donated by local businesses as well as trophies made by the Sarina Men’s Shed members.

Community Garden Area: Atherton Neighbourhood Centre

Atherton Neighbourhood Centre constructed a permaculture community garden combining garden beds, large pots and tresses with vegetables, fruits, herbs and plants. They also developed three outdoor seating spaces within the community garden suitable for both one-on-one support and larger community activities and events. 

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