LUCKY: The South Queensland Budgerigar Breeders Association scored more than $12,000 in the latest round of gambling benefit funding.
LUCKY: The South Queensland Budgerigar Breeders Association scored more than $12,000 in the latest round of gambling benefit funding. Brett Wortman

The Coast clubs which struck it rich from gambling

FROM guide dogs for the blind to budgie breeding, a diverse range of Coast clubs have been boosted by funding from the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

More than $13.8 million was distributed in the latest round which offers not-for-profit community groups access to grants ranging from $500 to $35,000.

The fund has pumped about $55 million a year into communities across the state.

The local winners of the latest round included the South Queensland Budgerigar Breeders Association, which picked up $12,618.48 to help buy new equipment.

The other big beneficiaries included the Maroochy Beach Gymnastics Association ($34,649), Queensland Parachuting Association ($14,996), Guide Dogs For the Blind Association of Queensland ($33,689.76) and Maroochy Sailing Club ($29,450).

Woombye Bowls Club picked up $29,452 to upgrade the facility while the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard in Caloundra received $35,000 to buy a new vehicle.

Scouts in the Caloundra electorate also received $29,727.27 to buy a tractor and $20.225.40 to install a shed and build a Venturer Room.

The Sunshine Coast Ukulele Masters in Kawana were given $7040 to buy portable equipment.

The Fund is now in its 25th year and Round 100 was now open until February 28.

For information on how to apply head to justice.qld.gov.au/grants.



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