From the Minister

Message from the Attorney-General, Justice Minister and Leader of the House

The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP

 

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) will mark its 25th year helping many not-for-profit organisations that are the backbone of communities statewide. 

As I look back on all of the incredible groups that have benefited from the fund, I am amazed and inspired by their contributions to communities all over Queensland. To date, the fund has distributed $872 million to community organisations over its history.

I’d like to acknowledge these organisations for their dedication to continually improving the communities in which they reside. 

I’d also like to congratulate the Gambling Community Benefit Fund Unit in the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) and past and present Gambling Community Benefit Committee members for their hard work.

While the success of the GCBF is a testament to both its administration and the communities it serves, there is always room for growth. 

One way in which we are improving the fund is by increasing the number of funding rounds from four to five each financial year. 

This will provide increased opportunities for applications by Queensland community groups and a shorter period from application to payment of the grant. Organisations will be able to better plan the delivery of services to their communities by receiving funding even faster. 

The additional round also further positions GCBF as a better-suited source for urgent funding needs.

The GCBF’s move to the five funding rounds will begin in only a few weeks. The new funding round closing dates will be 31 August, 31 October, 28 February, 30 April and 30 June. 

I am excited by the opportunity this increase in rounds presents to community organisations across rural, regional and metropolitan Queensland. 

I also look forward to announcing the recipients of the Commemorative Grants – an initiative to celebrate the GCBF’s 25th birthday - in the very near future.

For more information on the GCBF click here