- Monday 20 April 2015
Sunshine Coast Council is looking to financially assist with the operational costs of local not-for-profit organisations that provide significant community or environmental benefit to Sunshine Coast residents.
The Community Partnership Funding Program and the Environment Levy Partnerships Program – both opening today – financially assist with the day-to-day running costs of eligible not-for-profits, allowing the groups to focus on what they do best – help the community and the environment.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Community Partnership Funding Program partnered with not-for-profit organisations that provide facilities or services which align with Council’s corporate priorities and make a significant contribution to the Sunshine Coast community.
“Recently Council conducted a formal review of the Community Partnership Program and it identified that the program currently supports facilities and services which provide almost 200,000 total hours of operations, provide access to 1666 different user groups, and involve more than 16,000 members and 4,400 volunteers,” Cr McKay said.
“Multi-year funding is available to groups and we are keen to receive applications from groups that are working together with other groups and which support a range of individuals, such as umbrella organisations and community centres.
“Our agreement with Caloundra Community Centre, a local hub for community activity in Caloundra and a centre providing multiple programs, has proven to be a very successful partnership.
“Council funded a contribution towards their ongoing costs and the partnership has helped deliver a range of essential services and activities and is open to developing new ones as opportunities arise and in response to the needs of the community.
“Potential partners are encouraged to contact a grants officer prior to starting an application for assistance in determining whether this program is right for you.”
The Community Partnership Funding Program is available under five categories: Community Facilities, Community Safety, Community Development, Cultural Heritage and Economic Development. Applications close 5pm Monday, May 25, 2015.
The Environment Levy Partnerships program is a great example of the Environment Levy in action, offering significant funding to support community groups who protect, enhance and maintain our environment.
Cr McKay said the Environment Levy Partnerships offers up to three-year funding to assist not-for-profit community groups to achieve a landscape approach to protecting and enhancing the region’s natural assets.
“For example, Council’s Environment Levy Partnership with Reef Check Australia allows a key environmental group to engage community members in appreciating, understanding and protecting the Sunshine Coast marine environment,” she said.
“By assisting the group with their operational expenses, they are able focus on what they do best – protecting our Coast.”
Prospective Environment Levy Partnerships applicants need to lodge an expression of interest before making an application. The expression of interest period closes 5pm Monday, May 4, 2014 and the final application period closes 5pm Monday, May 25, 2015
“The EOI process is an opportunity for council to engage with prospective partner organisations to identify common and achievable environmental objectives that will inform a three-year agreement aimed at achieving optimum environmental outcomes across the Sunshine Coast region,” Cr McKay said.