The Cowboys Community Fund now has $25,000 to donate to disadvantaged youth in North Queensland in time for Christmas, thanks to the Cowboys Leagues Club.

The special festive season donation was received by Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston at the Leagues Club today, with North Queensland locals in need of help now having the next seven days to apply for assistance.

The CCF committee will then sit down to consider all of the funding applications for a share of the Leagues Club’s $25,000 donation prior to Christmas.

Supported by Coca-Cola Amatil, the fund is in its 10th year and since its inception has granted in excess of $160,000 to worthy North Queenslanders.

“The Cowboys Community Fund is very grateful to have fantastic support like this from the Cowboys Leagues Club,” CCF chairman Wayne Nicholson said.

“We’re extremely proud that we can contribute something back to the youth of North Queensland and having an extra $25,000 available just prior to Christmas is fantastic news.

“I’m sure it will be distributed to some very worthy individuals.”

Cowboys Leagues Club general manager Clint Williams said the $25,000 donation was just part of the club’s contribution to community causes this year.

“This time of year can be particularly difficult for those less fortunate than most of us,” Mr Williams said.

“We know the Cowboys Community Fund will find the right people for this donation to go to and make someone’s Christmas in North Queensland even happier than they expected.”

Applications this round of funding close on 17 December and application forms can be found at cowboys.com.au/community-fund.

To apply, you must be 25 years of age or under or work closely with an individual in that age group who needs something to improve their quality of life.

Applications are to be submitted in writing and must follow the requirements detailed on the application form and then posted to the Cowboys Community Fund postal address.

Applicants must live or be based in the Cowboys’ talent recruitment geographical catchment area of North Queensland, from Torres Strait in the north, west to Mt Isa and south to Mackay.

Grants are limited to a maximum of $3,000, although part-payments of grants may be considered in applications exceeding $3,000. Requests for cash donations will not be considered.

For enquiries on fund application procedures, email communityfund@cowboys.com.au