The funds will support Brisbane Youth Service’s (BYS) Smarten Up Grants program which assists young people to overcome barriers to participating in education and training. The Smarten Up Grants assist young people to purchase basic computer equipment, pay course fees, and meet other costs such as purchasing text books, uniforms and other resources.
BYS was selected by a panel comprising local business, community and CUA representatives. It was one of 24 community organisations in inner Brisbane that applied for a grant, as part of CUA’s Mutual Good Community Grants Program.
Under the program, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big ideas for improving the quality of life of socially disadvantaged Australians were encouraged to apply for a share of almost $200,000 in funding being offered through CUA branches across Australia.
CUA Carindale branch manager Melissa Cardillo presented BYS chief executive Annemaree Callander with the funds at a special presentation earlier this week.
“We’re thrilled to accept the CUA Mutual Good Community Grant that will enable us to break the cycle of disadvantage by helping young people engage in education and training,” Ms Callander said.”
“At BYS we aim to make a real difference and assist young people to make a successful transition to independence,” she added.
CUA Carindale is one of 19 CUA branches across Australia offering grants in this second round of the program. Mrs Cardillo said the grant application process highlighted the great work being done by local not-for-profit and community organisations in Brisbane.
“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to award this grant to Brisbane Youth Service which provides such crucial support to many in our community,” Mrs Cardillo said.
“The Mutual Good Community Grants Program is an example of how CUA works together with our members for mutual good. By collaborating with local organisations, we can help build a stronger community for everyone.”