Local innovators urged to use new fund to help homeless

Local innovators urged to use new fund to help homeless

Mackay innovators, social entrepreneurs and community organisations are being urged to apply to a new $2 million Palaszczuk Government to help people survive homelessness with dignity.

The Dignity First Fund will deliver start-up funding and funds for small capital works for programs that assist people through the hard times.

No matter what circumstances people are in, everyone deserves the right to live with dignity.

This is about bringing new, non-traditional ideas to the table to help people survive homelessness with dignity.

We’re calling on social entrepreneurs and other community organisations to apply for funding.

Dignity First is comprised of three categories.

1. Start-up Category for social entrepreneurs and other community organisations, to bring a fresh perspective to addressing the challenges homeless people face.
2. Innovation Category for organisations to fund initiatives outside of more traditional ways of thinking.
3. Small Capital Category to help existing providers upgrade facilities, such as drop-in centres.

This is about giving good ideas support in order to make a real large impact on the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Anyone who is interested is encouraged to read more at www.hpw.qld.gov.au/DignityFirst and submit an application online.

Applications are now open and will close 30 September 2016.

Dennis is an Electrical and Control Systems Engineer and was appointed President of Startup Mackay Inc. in June 2016. He is a member of Engineers Australia, AISA, MITN, DMLA within the Education, Training, Research and Innovation Pillar, and the Reference Group for the Digital Economy Strategy. He has also been inducted into the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion program where he aims to encourage Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age. You can follow Dennis on Twitter @DenMurphy or connect with him on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/dennismurphy).

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