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Grants open for charities aiding devastating weather disasters

Charities and not-for-profits working to aid those affected by the recent North Queensland floods are encouraged to apply for up to $100,000

Charities and community groups working to address the devastation caused by floods in North Queensland are encouraged to share in $100,000 of grants.

The Aurizon Community Fund, working with Good2Give, has established the special round of funding to provide cash grants to charities and not-for-profits that are working to rebuild North Queensland communities affected by recent weather events.

Aurizon Managing Director and CEO, Andrew Harding, said: “Many of our employees live and work in this region and we want to play our part in helping the community.”

A total of $100,000 will be made available and community groups are invited to apply for funds for initiatives that help with the long-term rebuilding process. Grants between $1,000 and $20,000 for relief and rebuilding projects are currently up for grabs.

The North Queensland Fund appeal is part of Aurizon’s ongoing commitment to charity and not-for-profits, having done so for 300 others since 2011.

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Harding added: “A lot of the damage may not be assessed yet but as the flood waters recede we know a lot of hard-working charities and community groups will need help.

“Supporting charities and community groups and the important work is something we are proud of at Aurizon, and never is it more important than at a difficult time like this.”

The Community Giving Fund is focused on broad areas of environment, wellbeing and health, community safety and education. All applications must fit within at least one of these funding categories to be eligible for consideration.

Aurizon Manager, Brand and Sponsorships, April Whittam, said: “Aurizon is dedicated to supporting the communities where we operate and live. Whilst we are working on our own operations impacted by the devastating floods, we are committed to helping.

“Our funding helps charities and community organisations determine what they need the most and apply for a cash grant to help in the recovery efforts.”

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