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Kate Bradley’s role is Community Grants Writer, a position funded by Shell’s QGC business and delivered by the Murilla Community Centre.

Kate is based across the region’s community centres, helping to research, identify and access funding opportunities. She also works with community groups to build their grants-writing capacities, so they can secure additional investment.

After almost a year in the role, Kate has helped the region reach a significant milestone. $1 million in community grants has been achieved for the Western Downs! Here are some of the successful grants:

  • Upgrade to facilities for Wandoan Show Society
  • New admin building for Chinchilla Polocrosse
  • Ride on mower for Dalby Pioneer Park Museum
  • Community Drought Support Program for Tara Neighbourhood Centre, Murilla Community Centre and Chinchilla Family Support Centre
  • Traineeship program by Chinchilla Community Centre for long-term unemployed and marginalised groups

Kate's focus is on helping groups identify how to turn priorities into activities, how to prepare documents, how to manage budgets and what’s needed to ensure successful delivery of a project. She has more than a decade’s experience developing funding proposals and managing projects from conception through to delivery, most recently at the Queensland University of Technology.

“To be able to help community centres and community groups and contribute to the growth of the region, I couldn’t pass it up,” she said.

Murilla Community Centre’s, Cecily Brockhurst said having access to someone with Kate’s experience and expertise was a huge positive.

“The need for a grants writer came out of community discussions with Shell’s QGC business and it’s great to see them listen and work with us to respond to that need,” Cecily said.

“Community groups are made up of volunteers who often times aren’t sure where to start when looking to access funding to support their project. To have Kate available to help build up that capacity is a real win for our region.”

If you’re from a community group from the Western Downs region and need some extra help finding a grant opportunity or getting your funding application across the line, you can contact Kate at mccmgrants@bigpond.com.

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