Bumblebees funding extended

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Bumblebees Therapeutic Preschool’s government funding has been extended as a direct result of strong advocacy by the Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt.

Mr Pitt said he had made numerous representations in recent weeks to the Minister for Social Services on behalf of the preschool’s operator, Phoenix House.

“I’m pleased to announce that Bumblebees and a small number of other local organisations, which were also unsuccessful in their latest grant applications, will receive bridging funding until the 30th of June this year,” Mr Pitt said.

“I recognise this is just a temporary solution, but the extension will give these organisations more time to identify alternative sources of funding.

“Last year, the Government undertook a competitive tender for those seeking funding under an $800 million of Department of Social Services (DSS) grants round to support a broad range of vital frontline services that assist communities and vulnerable people around Australia.

“The funding round attracted unprecedented interest from service delivery organisations with more than 5,500 applications, seeking total funding of more $3.9billion.” 

BACKGROUND NOTE: The Department will notify organisations directly if their funding has been extended. There are several local organisations which were successful with their original grant application. Organisations are fully informed of the grant expiration date at the time of approval. When their funding expires, recipients can apply for another grant or some may opt to seek an alternate, ongoing source of funding from another Government Department or the private sector.   

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