The organisation, which was established in 2011 following the devastating Queensland floods event, was designed to give back to community organisations impacted by natural disasters and then, more recently, helping communities impacted by COVID-19.
“We’re so proud to be celebrating 10 years of work by RACQ Foundation,” RACQ Foundation spokesperson Lucinda Ross said.
“Since it began, we’ve distributed more than $9 million in funding for community groups and clubs across Queensland. A lot of the funding went to helping communities recover from the 2011 Floods and Cyclone Yasi.
“Being in Queensland, we never have to wait long between significant weather events. More recently we’ve also helped groups recover from the aftermath of the 2019 floods in Townsville.
“From funding to help local groups and clubs recover after floods and cyclones, to sending volunteers to help remote, drought affected farmers fix machinery – we know the work RACQ Foundation does has been invaluable.”
Ms Ross said while funding had historically only been issued to community groups impacted by natural disasters, in 2020 RACQ Foundation made a special exemption and extended the funding to help groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The last 12 months has shown that we can support Queenslanders no matter what challenges come their way,” she said.
“We’ve approved grants for 56 community groups struggling due to COVID-19 and during the worst of it, Foundation volunteers helped groups like Meals on Wheels.
“Whether it’s a cyclone, drought or a pandemic – we’re here to help our members and their communities.”
Applications for the next round of funding close on 8 March. More information about RACQ Foundation could be found here.