- Monday 01 February 2016
If your not-for-profit community group has some great projects planned for 2016, but doesn’t have the funding, Sunshine Coast Council’s grants programs might be able to help.
Applications are now open for council’s Community Grants – Major Grants program and the 2016 Environment Levy Grants program.
The Community Grants Program provides not-for-profit community groups funding assistance of up to $30,000 towards projects, activities and events that benefit Sunshine Coast communities.
Environment Levy Grants are available for up to $5000 to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations fund projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region’s biodiversity and waterways.
To assist with the grant application process and give community groups the best chance in obtaining funding, council will host a series of free information sessions across the region during February.
The information sessions are a great opportunity for applicants to gain valuable grant writing skills and explore other funding opportunities. Information on the Regional Arts Development Fund program will also be provided.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said funding for all of council’s grants programs was very competitive.
“Council provided more than $3.6 million in grants to community organisations last year to help deliver a variety of events, projects and activities to benefit Sunshine Coast communities,” Cr McKay said.
“In 2015, council received 441 applications for our major and minor grant programs alone, with 326 being awarded a grant, so the demand on funding is extremely competitive and submitting a good application is vital.
“I would encourage anyone interested in applying for a grant to plan and prepare by contacting a grants officer or attending one of the information sessions.
“A grants officer can help you to determine if your project is eligible, the category to apply under and can also assist by reviewing a draft application.”
Community groups can apply for Major Grant funding for one-off projects through one of seven categories:
- Community Development
- Community Facilities
- Community Events
- Cultural Development
- Cultural Heritage
- Economic Development
- Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living
Each grant category has its own criteria and funding requirements which need to be carefully considered to ensure your organisation’s project is suitable.
Environment Levy Grants are available for projects that:
- contribute to landscape protection, monitoring and rehabilitation of biodiversity, including native plants, animals and waterways;
- build community capacity, engagement and participation in biodiversity, waterways and pest management;
- adapt and respond to environmental challenges, for example, pest plants and animals.
Free grant information sessions will be held at the following locations:
- Monday, February 15 at 10am - Eumundi School of Arts Hall
- Monday, February 15 at 5.30pm - Caloundra Committee of Services to the Ageing Hall
- Tuesday, February 16 at 10am – Maleny Community Centre
- Wednesday, February 17 at 9.30am – Beerwah Library
- Wednesday, February 17 at 5pm – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Meeting Room 1
- Thursday, February 18 at 10am – Buderim War Memorial Hall
Bookings are essential. Book online here or contact 5420 8616. Before submitting an online application for a Major Grant it is recommended that you discuss your project with council’s grants officer.
Community Grants - Major Grants and Environment Levy Grants applications will close at 5pm on Monday, March 7.
Applications for Regional Arts Development Fund grants are always open.
Click here for eligibility criteria and application forms. For further information or to discuss your project, contact a grants officer on 5420 8616.