Airport community funding round now open

Mount Isa Airport team support Zonta Club with ‘One Million Stars to end domestic violence’ initiative in 2016.
Mount Isa Airport team support Zonta Club with ‘One Million Stars to end domestic violence’ initiative in 2016.

Mount Isa Airport is calling on local community groups to apply for funding under its third annual Community Benefit Fund.

The initiative supports organisations in the areas of health and wellbeing, safety, education, environment and arts and culture.

The Community Benefit Fund is run by Mount Isa Airport’s parent company, Queensland Airports Limited (QAL), which has provided more than $100,000 in funding since the fund’s inception.

Mount Isa Airport Chief Operating Officer Kevin Gill said the Community Benefit Fund supported the airport’s corporate sponsorship program by offering funding opportunities to smaller, community groups.

“In the past we’ve supported organisations like sporting clubs, kindergartens, schools and community groups, helping them to deliver projects including kids breakfast clubs, domestic violence support programs, and the purchase of learning supplies,” Mr Gill said.

“We understand the important role the community play in our ongoing success.

“Often community groups and initiatives are volunteer-run, and this can make it difficult for them to find resourcing to compete for the corporate sponsorship dollar – so the community benefit fund is focused on supporting grassroots initiatives.”

To receive a grant, groups need to demonstrate their ability to deliver positive outcomes in at least one of the nominated funding categories. Grants are typically based on the amount of $1000.

Applications for this year’s Mount Isa Airport Community Benefit Fund are open from May 8 to June 1.