Grants deliver big boost for community services
  • Friday 20 November 2009

Sunshine Coast Council’s Grants Program will deliver a big boost to community services in the region after council today endorsed nearly half a million dollars in funding for 68 projects.

A wide range of community organisations and their band of dedicated volunteers will share in funding of $495,417.54 to undertake a diverse range of projects and continue providing valued services to the community.

Council also endorsed funding recommendations for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), with 24 people receiving funding for their work in quality arts and arts practice.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder Cr Jenny McKay said the Grants Program provided vital support for groups around the region, with many relying on the funding for the delivery of projects.

“This round of grants funding will support 68 projects around the region, allowing them to carry out much-valued services that may otherwise struggle,” Cr McKay said.

“From a veggie village that holds sustainable food growing workshops to groups organising street festivals and coastguards upgrading radio towers, these initiatives contribute to our communities in many ways and council recognises the importance of supporting their efforts.”

One recipient, 4 Paws Animal Rescue, will receive over $6,000 in funding for its program that provides refuge for unwanted dogs and cats, some of which could otherwise face euthanasia if not rescued from the pound.

President Julie Penlington said the refuge survived on support from volunteers, members and sponsors, and council’s funding would go a long way to helping place more animals in foster homes.

“This funding means a great deal to 4 Paws,” Julie said.

“With the ever increasing number of animals coming in that need some form of vet care, our main concern each month is our vet bill. It can often be up to $5,000, even with the generous discount given to us by the Nicklin Way Vet.

“This is our main concern each month and it is difficult to fundraise for all the necessities. Our small and dedicated band of volunteers work tirelessly on this.”

Julie said the funding would allow 4 Paws to erect a shed and storage area at the Halfway House at Sippy Creek Road to provide more room in the cattery.

Other grants funding recipients included:

  • Cooloolabin Hall Association for funding to get it “Back in Business”
  • Mudjimba Surf Lifesaving Association for an “Ecosurf Forum”
  • Sunshine Coast Orchid Society to host “Orchidfest”
  • Flying Fox Rescue and Release to continue its work with flying foxes and micro bats
  • Glasshouse Country RSL Sub-Branch for “Saluting our Servicemen”
  • Cotton Tree Cyclones Swimming Club for equipment to help swimmers reach their goals.

The Grants Program provides funding for projects in six categories - community development, community events, economic development, environment, heritage and history, and sport and recreation.

Council assesses major grant rounds twice a year and holds a range of workshops to assist applicants to develop their projects and to write applications. The next major grant round closes on 15 March 2010. Council also offers minor grants, with rounds closing every eight weeks.

For more information on Sunshine Coast Council’s Grants Program visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or call 5475 7272.