2021 / 2022 GRANTS

CASA: $11,370

This funding assisted with expenses for the Homelessness Expo 2022 in its 10th year. This Expo was held on the 2nd June 2022 in aid of the following:-

  • To heighten the community’s awareness of the homelessness in the Mackay Regional Council area.
  • To improve the communities understanding of homelessness and the impact on social aspects of society.
  • To enhance opportunities for homeless persons to engage with government and non government organisations so they may access additional support and/or source solutions to issues that impeded them being housed.
  • Other services and products were also provided on the day to the homeless i.e.. Haircuts, food and toiletry packs, raincoats, torches, blow up pillow and blankets, clothing.

Crossroad Arts: $11,000

The grant of $11,000 will support the “Access to All” program which will be completed by June 2023. The aim is for Crossroads to implement more access initiatives for our community which will have a wider and more lasting impact. Crossroad Arts aims to promote Mackay as an inclusive arts and cultural destination. The MCF will support the delivery of providing access with funding for Auslan interpreting, alternate formats like braille, easy read, captioning and audio description through this program. These funds will also provide consultants to assist with Auslan interpreting, to assist blind/deaf, vision impaired/blind and deaf consultants for a major production.

Central Queensland University: $5,000

The $5,000 has been used to contribute to CQUniCares Emergency Grants. These grants provide financial assistance to low-income students who experience unexpected financial hardship as a result of an emergency or unforeseen situation that has the potential to derail their studies. The funds are used to support vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HED) students living and studying in the Mackay region.

Phoenix Place: $20,000

The $20,000 grant funded 120 participant from community groups, small not-for-profit organisations and volunteer groups to attend an internationally recognised accredited “Mental Health Fist Aid” Course.

The outcome of these individuals going through this course is that they have the skills, knowledge and confidence to assist someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. These people will be able to intervene early and be able to recognise the warning signs of mental health problems. They have learned the skills needed to speak openly and accurately about mental health, they will be able to respond in crisis situations where a person may be at risk of harm, and they will be an important part of reducing the stigma and providing increased support for people with mental health problems.

Lowanna House: $23,630

This grant funded the installation of a 6.66KW solar system and installation of air conditioning in each of the bedrooms, lounge and dining areas of a dwelling, housing families in need of short-term accommodation. The installation of solar panels and battery storage ensuring no significant additional expenses in electricity into the future but most importantly enabling for comfort in the hotter months of the year in Mackay to many families utilising this dwelling for short term accommodation.