Gymnastics Moranbah Coach Simone Myles.
Gymnastics Moranbah Coach Simone Myles.

Community grants available for CQ clubs, organisations

An Australian mining company has launched its 2021 community grants program to support Central Queensland clubs and organisations.

Round one for 2021 of the Stanmore Coal Isaac Plains Community Grant Program opened on January 1, providing schools, local community groups, clubs and not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to help fund their community initiatives.

Gymnastics Moranbah was one of 17 local community organisations to receive funding as part of round two grants in 2020 and used the grant to introduce Fitter for Life classes for seniors over 50 years old.

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Gymnastics Moranbah club manager, Gabby Halverson, said the classes were important to help seniors stay strong and mobile, and were an opportunity for social interaction.

“We are very passionate about helping the seniors in our community stay active,” Ms Halverson said.

“This program focuses on heart and physical health but is also a fun and social way to get moving.

“Our instructors had to be trained and qualified to run the Fitter for Life classes, so the funds supported their training and helped Gymnastics Moranbah set up the program.”

Gymnastics Moranbah.
Gymnastics Moranbah.

Grants of up to $5000 are available through the program for initiatives that highlight community health and wellbeing, support young people in the region, provide opportunities for indigenous engagement and support the environment.

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Stanmore Coal general manager operations, Leandro Pires, said the organisation was committed to continuing its support for local community programs.

“2020 has been a tough year for many people and organisations in our community,” he said.

“We are committed to supporting local initiatives and programs and hope that these grants can help make a real difference.

“Stanmore is proud to contribute to organisations across the Central Queensland region both through the Isaac Plains Community Grant Program and through key partnerships with community groups.

“We look forward to receiving another round of strong applications and giving local schools, clubs and groups a new year gift to continue the activities that mean so much to their communities.”

Online applications for round one community grants close on January 31, 2021.

Previous grant applicants and recipients are also encouraged to apply. To apply, or for more information about the Isaac Plains Community Grants Program, visit the website.