Clairvaux Football Club scores a goal with federal funding

Clairvaux Football Club (FC) has been successful in receiving funding from Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP through the Volunteer Grants program. The funding will be used to purchase new equipment for the club’s volunteers.

On Saturday Mr Vasta attended Clairvaux FC, at Clairvaux Mackillop College, to catch-up with members and find out how the new equipment will help the club.

“It’s been great to work with Clairvaux FC and deliver federal funding which will be used to purchase new fridges for their canteen,” Mr Vasta said.

“Canteens sales at sporting events are a vital source of income and allow the club to reinvest into their players and the community.”

Clairvaux FC Coach and Treasurer Robbie McLean said the funding allows the club to regain an important income stream.

“We are very thankful for the funding that Ross has secured for us, and it will make a massive difference to the club,” Mr McLean said.

“Without fridges to keep food and drinks cold and fresh, we lose the ability to raise money through canteen sales, which means we have less money to reinvest into the club,

“Purchasing new fridges will also mean we can have cold drinks ready for players after games.”

Mr Vasta is proud to support the Clairvaux FC, which last year had 400 players, and provide this Federal funding to benefit the Clairvaux FC sporting community.

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Volunteer grants support 30 community groups in Bonner

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP has announced 30 of Bonner’s community groups have been awarded a total of $116,768 in funding as part of the Morrison Government’s Volunteer Grants.

The 2021 grants round was representative of $20 million for groups across the country, to support the crucial role they play in our communities as Australia moves forward out of the pandemic.

Mr Vasta said funding was awarded to Bonner’s community organisations across sport, environment, rotary, and foundations supporting disadvantaged women and children.

“I spend a great deal of time in our community and am constantly in awe of the impact our of volunteers who have hearts for making a difference.”

“Even during this challenging year, their dedication and hard work continues to strengthen our community. It is privilege to be recognising their efforts.

“For the awarded organisations, the funding will go towards training and retention of volunteers, strengthening of participation in volunteering, supporting organisational activities and funding technologies like laptops to assist in the delivery of services.

“I look forward to visiting these organisations, thanking them for their contribution and seeing how the funding has made a difference to their work.”

The 2021 Volunteer Grants provide organisations with grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to help purchase equipment, training and background screening checks for their volunteers.

Volunteers are integral to many Australian organisations, with more than 8.7 million volunteers across the country giving their time freely to support their communities.

Bonner’s 2021 Volunteer Grant recipients:

  • Bayside Creeks Catchment Group
  • Bayside Sea Scouts – The Scout Association of Australia QLD Branch
  • Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
  • Care Kits for Kids Inc
  • Carina, Carindale and Distract Basketball Club Inc.
  • Clairvaux Football Club
  • Community Sports Mentoring and Coaching
  • Damini Women’s Association of Queensland Inc.
  • Hope Foundation (Lovewell)
  • Junior Bayside Jets Basketball Club
  • Manly Lota RSL
  • Mount Gravatt Hawks Football Club
  • Mt Gravatt Magic Basketball Inc.
  • Nature Freedom
  • Ocean Crusaders
  • Pacific Rifle Club Inc.
  • Queensland Philatelic Council
  • Queensland target Sports Inc.
  • Quota International Carindale Inc.
  • Right Connexions Ltd
  • Sailability Bayside
  • Sails at Bayside
  • South Western Metro Basketball
  • St Pauls Uniting Sporting Club Inc.
  • The Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly
  • Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre
  • Wynnum and District Horse and Pony Club
  • Wynnum Christian Community Church
  • Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club
  • Wynnum Manly Little Athletics Club

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Volunteer grants available for community organisations

The Australian Government is backing volunteers, with up to $20 million available to support volunteers across the nation.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said up to $132,450 was available in Bonner as part of the 2021 Volunteer Grants round.

Mr Vasta said he eligible, not-for-profit community organisations were invited to submit their expression of interest before 14 April.

“I am liaising with community leaders and relevant committees to identify priority volunteer support for our local area,” Mr Vasta said.

“Volunteers across Bonner freely give their time to support local organisations in a variety of ways, and make an extraordinary contribution to our community.”

Volunteer Grants of between $1000 and $5000 will help volunteers and volunteer groups to buy small equipment for volunteers, by reimbursing volunteer fuel, transport or training costs, or support promotional activities.

Organisations must have been nominated by their Federal Member of Parliament and meet the eligibility criteria which can be checked here.

Each Member can nominate organisations to apply for funding in their electorate up until 29 April 2021. The Department of Social Services will then send an application form to nominated organisations to apply for funding in May 2021.

Successful applicants will be announced in November 2021.

More information is available by emailing or by visiting the Australian Government’s GrantConnect website at


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