People interested in making a positive difference to their community are being encouraged to apply for funding from not-for-profit company Enterprise and Training Company Limited (ETC).

ETC Chairman Rod McKelvey said ETC was making available $300,000 in community grants as part of the ETC Community Support Fund.

“The fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate,” Mr McKelvey said.

Mr McKelvey said organisations could apply for up to $30,000 each with funding for small projects also encouraged. Applications would be assessed based on how well they align with ETC’s focus on employment and training, and meet one or more of the funding objectives:

  • Contribute to reducing disadvantage faced by the unemployed and/or other disadvantaged groups
  • Support the availability and/or sustainability of employment and training opportunities
  • Enhance community support services and/or build community capacity

Mr McKelvey said the ETC Community Support Fund had provided $1.1M in funding to 130 worthwhile organisations since 2012.

“It’s incredible the projects we’ve been able to support on the Gold Coast over the past seven years,” Mr McKelvey said.

“Some of our beneficiaries have included Nerang Meals on Wheels, Gold Coast Titans Community Foundation, Hear and Say – Centre for Deaf Children Ltd, Gold Coast PCYC, House with no Steps, Liberty Community Connect, The Migrant Centre, Gold Coast Disabled Surfers Association, Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation and OzHarvest.”

The ETC Community Support Fund opens on 18 March and closes on 15 April 2019.

For further information and/or to apply online visit