Gift Fund

Jenna Dearness-Dark

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Centre in 2006 the Friends decided to take up the proposal of Jock and Beverly McIlwain and enter a new area of support by introducing a Gift Fund. This fund was intended to support talented people on the Gold Coast who have been unable to reach their full potential through lack of funding. To do this the Friends had to amend their charter and apply to the Federal Government to be included on the list of approved Cultural Organisations which would allow them to seek tax deductible donations. Approval was received and the Gift Fund was launched formally on 18 December 2006. The launch was covered by TV and local newspapers and supported by the Mayor, Councillor Ron Clarke. To start the fund, Jock and Beverly McIlwain made a very generous donation and they have continued to donate to the fund since its launch.

2016 Recipients

The Management Committee of the Friends’ Gift Fund recently conducted its annual interviews for grants from the Fund for the seventh time. After much discussion it was agreed that nine applicants would be given grants, four of whom had been supported in previous years. We are confident that the nine successful winners will bring great credit upon themselves, the Gold Coast and Australia in the future.

Jenna Dearness-Dark (Beverly McIlwain Scholarship)

Stephanie Li

Joshua Price

Nicola Barrett

Zoe Shepherd

Dominie Lythgoe

Dylan Hodge

Nina Fan

Rira Kong


2017 Applications

To apply for a grant, please download and complete the application form found below.  Applications close on July 31 2017.

Click below to read or download a printable PDF copy of the Friends’ Gift Fund Prospectus, to download an application form or make a donation

View a copy of the Friends’ Gift Fund Prospectus
Download an Application Form
Notes for grant applicants
Make a Donation to the Gift Fund


Friends Gift Fund Awards