Apply now for a community grant of up to $2000
  • Monday 12 October 2015
community grants, mapleton mens shed

Does your not-for-profit community group need help funding a project? Then apply now for Sunshine Coast Council’s Minor Community Grants Program.

Community groups can apply for a grant of up to $2000 to assist with projects that benefit Sunshine Coast communities.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said that in the last financial year council had provided more than $175,000 in minor grant funding to 115 community groups.

“Council is proud to have provided these grants to not-for-profit groups throughout the region,” Cr McKay said.

“From sporting equipment and first aid training, to computers and minor infrastructure improvements, the grants program has assisted hundreds of local community groups to continue the outstanding work they do in our communities.

“I encourage all not-for-profit groups from across the Sunshine Coast to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to secure some financial assistance.

Community groups can apply for funding for one-off projects through one of seven categories:
• Community Development
• Community Facilities
• Cultural Development
• Cultural Heritage
• Economic Development
• Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living
• Community Events

Previous grant program recipient Mapleton Men’s Shed was provided with funding for essential first aid training and the purchase of first aid equipment.

Chair of Mapleton Men’s Shed Peter Hulme said thanks to Council’s support, they had been able to establish the shed as a safe and functional workplace.

“We were very grateful to receive this funding as a part of the Community Grants program,” Mr Hulme said.

“Without these funds we would not have been able to establish a set of safe work practices as quickly as we have.

“We formed the Mapleton Men’s Shed in 2014 to help reduce the social isolation men in our community can sometimes experience.  So far we have run leatherworking, computer literacy and photography groups.

“Many of our members have now undergone first aid training allowing us to begin wood working and metal working, which has been a very welcome addition.

“The shed provides an environment where men in our community are able to work on meaningful projects in the company of other men, and we have already seen the formation of many new friendships.”

Applications for Minor Grants are now open and will close at 5pm on Monday, November 16, 2015.

For further information, to discuss your project or for assistance with an application, contact a Grants Officer on 5441 8616, email grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants. If you need extra help, Grants Officers can arrange to meet with you in your local community.

Applications are also open for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), which supports the development of emerging and professional artists and creative arts workers. RADF is a Queensland Government partnership through Arts Queensland and council to support local arts and culture. The RADF program is open year-round. To apply for a RADF grant, you will need to contact the RADF Liaison Officer.
Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants for eligibility criteria and application forms.