Grants to fund 86 projects
  • Saturday 06 June 2009

Sunshine Coast Regional Council will provide $634,233 in funding for 86 community projects, events and activities across the region from the latest round of its Grants Program.

The Community Grants Program provides a range of grants to encourage, engage and support community groups and individuals to make positive and ongoing contributions to the region.

Following the endorsement of funding recommendations by councillors at this week’s Ordinary Meeting, council will support projects that are expected to generate up to $7 million in community benefits.

Community Policy and Programs portfolio holder, Jenny McKay, said council was committed to supporting community events and programs through its Grants Program.

“We’re lucky to have such a range of events and activities around the Coast, and the Grants Program is geared to supporting these local initiatives to help them grow and ensure their future success,” Cr McKay said.

“Council received 137 applications requesting a total of $1,672,964 in funding.

“Of these, 86 projects ranging from sporting clubs to festivals and community services will receive funding.”

One of the successful second round grant recipients was the Palmwoods Western and Districts Junior Rugby League Football Club and Compass Institute.

Club President Alan Mewton said the funding support from council would help the club build a new indoor clubhouse for rugby league players and members of the Compass Institute.

“The grant will assist us a great deal to build our new clubhouse,” Alan said.

“Our club has grown from 50 to 200 members in the last few years alone.

“There’s no other facility in the area like the one we’re planning so it will play a big role in meeting the needs of the growing community.”

The Grants Program provides funding under six categories: community development, economic development, environment, community events, heritage and history, and sport and recreation.

Council assesses Major Grant applications twice a year. For more information on the Grants Program visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or call 5475 7272.