Two Mount Isa sporting clubs will benefit from new equipment thanks to a Queensland Country Credit Union Good for Good Community Grant.
The Mount Isa and District Athletics Association Inc was successful in their application for a grant for $5126 to purchase new starting equipment to enable them to compete at a national level, while North West Canoe Club received $5000 to purchase 12 new paddles.
North West Canoe Club President Donna McCormack says the new paddles would encourage more locals to get involved in weekly canoeing sessions and compete in competitions.
"We're always encouraging locals to come and try canoeing," Ms McCormack said.
"As the paddlers grow in experience they need to have a paddle that suits their height and this grant allows us to have more paddles to choose from. We also hope to encourage more competitors in the Gregory River Canoe Race our club runs annually."
Queensland Country Credit Union received over 32 applications seeking funding for projects between $5,000 and $30,000 from not-for-profit groups around the state, with nine successful applicants sharing in over $110,000. Chief Executive Officer Aaron Newman said his team was proud to give back to the community in a tangible way.
"There is so much good being done at a grass-roots level in our communities by dedicated and passionate volunteers, so it is great to be able to give community groups a financial boost to get their dream projects off the ground."
This is the third year that Queensland Country has run the Good for Good Grants program, and follows a long history of supporting the community through grants and sponsorships with over $2 million injected into community projects since 2005.
"It's been exciting to see projects funded under last year's Queensland Country Good for Good Grants program come to fruition," Mr Newman said.
"We can see the impact the grants can have in our local communities, and it is something our Members can take pride in as well.
"This year we saw a 10% increase in the funds awarded through the Program which we were able to do because of the support our communities have shown us over the past year."
An element of Good for Good involves the concept of paying it forward, with grant recipients partnering with the Credit Union to fundraise 10% of their grant amount for Queensland Country's charity partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities.