CONNECTING COMMUNITIES: Instructor Tamara Drake leads aspiring hip-hop dancers at a Gladstone Street Dreams workshop.
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES: Instructor Tamara Drake leads aspiring hip-hop dancers at a Gladstone Street Dreams workshop.

Funding brings Street Dreams program to Gladstone

A HIP-HOP dance initiative is showing what can be achieved with a little financial backing.

The Salvation Army brought the dance program to Gladstone after receiving a community grant from QGC for $49,320 in the last round of funding.

The QGC Communities Fund gives not-for-profit organisations and local governments a chance to benefit from $10,001 to $50,000 of support for projects up to 12 months that enhance regional liveability.

Corps officer Lieutenant Chris Ford said the Gladstone Street Dreams program, which started late last month, was the first to be run north of Brisbane.

"The QGC funding means we're able to give kids the opportunity to develop their self-esteem and confidence while learning to dance in a safe environment," he said.

"To see the excitement in the kids, even at this early stage, is quite remarkable."

The next round of the QGC Communities Fund is now open for grant applications and closes on September 30.

Vice president external affairs Joanne Pafumi said QGC was committed to helping develop strong, diversified economic growth and sustainability in communities where it operates.

"We're excited to be involved with programs that help to enhance regional liveability by benefiting local people and organisations," Ms Pafumi said.

"By focusing on skills development, service capacity and STEM education, we're supporting communities to lay the foundations for a prosperous future."

The types of projects eligible for support include training programs for employees and volunteers, new facilities and equipment to support education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), improvements to buildings or resources, events and festivals.

An application form and guidelines can be downloaded from www.qgc.com.au/community.



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