Govt grants help Caloundra disadvantaged

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice The Honourable Di Farmer
  • Caloundra’s Rhythm Initiative Limited at Baringa is among 47 recipients sharing more than $1 million in Social Enterprise Growth Grants that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders.
  • Grants of up to $25,000 have been awarded to a range of projects– including projects which provide greater access to develop First Nations-led agritourism activities, and support paid employment for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • This is the largest funding round of any of the Social Enterprise Grants programs – which also includes Community Social Enterprise Development Grants, Sector Development Grants and Social Enterprise Development Grants.

More than $1 million in funding for 47 recipients has been announced in the final round of Social Enterprise Growth Grants (SEGG) for 2022-23 that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders..

Examples of how the Social Enterprise Growth Grants will be used across the State include:

  • Gunggandji Aerospace’s Sharing the story of Non-Traditional Pathways project, which will use its grant funding to engage with local Indigenous communities, to promote employment and training opportunities in the aerospace industry.
  • Cape York Institute’s Website Improvement project will use grant funding to improve its Mayi Market online store, making it easier for remote Cape York communities to access deliveries of fresh food.
  • The Baking Bunch’s Production and Productivity Improvement project, will use funding to purchase kitchen equipment and enhance the sales and growth of its commercial baking business, which provides paid work and training for people with intellectual disabilities.

The grants are part of the broader, $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt

“I’m delighted to see Rhythm Initiative Limited supported for its Community Cooking Box project.

“It provides Employment opportunities and income for people with spectrum based disabilities through the operation of its Rhythm Espresso cafe.

“The funding will support the expansion of services, a new hospitality skills based project, and a low cost food service providing affordable food boxes with recipe cards that encourage families to cook at home and eat together.

“This funding will help it purchase production equipment, consumables and packaging.

“The Social Enterprise Grants are just another example of the Palaszczuk Government doing all it can to help our communities with meaningful programs and support.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer

“These projects deliver real social impact in our communities.

“Across countless Queensland communities, social enterprises play a vital role – supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders, while delivering training, skills and services for the greater good.

“Earlier this year, I announced $900,000 in Social Enterprise Growth Grants funding for 42 organisations, to grow and improve their social impact. This round sees even more organisations receive grants of up to $25,000 – directly and indirectly benefiting communities from Palm Island and Cairns, out to Murgon and down to Redland Bay.”

For the full list of grant recipients in Round 2 of the Social Enterprise Growth Grants program, please visit:

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