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Queenslanders looking to make a difference in people’s lives are being urged to put their hand up for a slice of a $2.5 million fund before the 10 May deadline.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that in the first round of funding, the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund distributed $2.5 million to successful applicants in December 2016 - and another $2.5 million was now up for grabs.

“We’ve had 23 exciting Queensland projects already funded through Dignity First, who have made some really practical contributions to people in need,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Orange Sky Laundry received $297,800 to fund two new vans - a new mobile shower van which has brought privacy and comfort to people on the streets in Brisbane, and a new laundry van which was deployed to assist people in the Whitsunday region affected by Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath.

“Fresh food rescue charity SecondBite received $310,000 to purchase a new eight pallet truck and a four pallet van.

“In its first week, SecondBite’s ‘Stir Fry’ truck collected over 15,000 kilos of food which provided over 30,000 nutritious meals to Queenslanders in need.

“Share the Dignity, We Care 2, the Gold Coast Homelessness Network, Footprints in Brisbane and the Jack Reed Barber Shop are just a few more examples of successful applicants doing great things in our community.

“Queensland is full of people with big hearts and great ideas, and we want more of these great ideas to come forward before time runs out.”

Minister de Brenni said that this round was aimed at supporting specific members of the Queensland community.

“Everyone has the right to live with dignity irrespective of the situation they may find themselves in,” said Mr de Brenni.

“This round we are especially hoping to see proposals that address the special needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women and children escaping domestic and family violence, as well as older people across Queensland.

“We are also keen to see applications that offer ideas on how to prevent and reduce homelessness, and projects that will help Queenslanders in regional and remote parts of Queensland.

“We need to make sure that a range of needs are catered for and we bring innovative ideas to assist people that are experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.”

To find out more or lodge your application go to www.hpw.qld.gov.au/dignityfirst. Applicants must have an active ABN and deliver the funded service in Queensland.

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