Community groups receive funding for operational costs
  • Wednesday 14 August 2013

Several community organisations and sporting groups across the Sunshine Coast will receive funding this year from council’s Community Partnership Funding Program.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the program provides financial support for organisations’ whose activities closely align with council’s vision and make a difference to our region.

“The Community Partnership Funding Program supports some of the groups making a significant contribution to the Coast community and providing services which council would otherwise need to provide,” Cr McKay said.

“The help with day to day expenses allows groups to focus on the fantastic activities and services they offer our communities.”

Cr McKay said The Centre for Growing Sustainability at the Big Pineapple is among the groups to receive funding.

“These groups help maintain sustainable Coast communities and this group makes a valuable contribution to the environmental sustainability of our region too.”

Centre for Growing Sustainability director Cath Manuel said the funding will help with operational costs for the centre’s first ‘living classroom’.

“It’s wonderful to receive funding support from council – it will help to fulfil our plans for the future,” Cath said.

“The living classroom will hold workshops for everyone in the community, including many community groups, to help establish school gardens, communal gardens and areas for people to learn and grow together.

“The centre is a space for friendships to grow, food to be shared and the community to join together to help provide a sustainable future for the next generations.”

The Centre for Growing Sustainability holds community days every Tuesday from 9am-3pm, where the community can help with planting, learn about gardening on the Sunshine Coast and meet others interested in sustainability.

Councillor McKay said council will review the Community Partnership Funding Program this year for consideration in the preparation of its 2014/2015 budget.