More than half a million dollars for community partners
  • Friday 22 August 2014

Sunshine Coast Council has announced 70 not-for-profit community organisations would be granted $572,794 to help meet their operational expenses this financial year.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council’s Community Partnership Funding Program would assist community groups to deliver key services and facilities to the Sunshine Coast community.

“From sporting facilities to cultural and community organisations, the program will support not-for-profit organisations that help reinforce the region as a desirable place to live, work, invest, visit and value,” Cr McKay said.

“The funding program was established to enhance council’s capacity to deliver on the objectives of its Corporate Plan and to provide funding certainty to community groups providing services that are needed within the region.

“The program also plays an important role in council’s efforts to become a sustainable community.”

This round of program funding will support community groups throughout the Sunshine Coast Council region across five categories including:

  • Community Facilities – $193,280 recommended. Example of funded proposal: Caloundra Tennis Association received $6,500 towards upkeep and maintenance of tennis courts.
  • Community Safety –$124,500 recommended. Example of funded proposal: Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge Society received $35,000 as a contribution to micro chipping fees, vaccination costs, vet care and medication.
  • Community Services –$212,427 recommended. Example of funded proposal: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Association received $15,000 towards operational costs including rent, electricity, insurances and maintenance.
  • Cultural Heritage – $28,587 recommended. Example of funded proposal: Buderim Historical Society received $8,967 towards operational expenses, including electricity, insurance and maintenance, for Pioneer Cottage.
  • Economic Development – $14,000 recommended. Example of funded proposal: Kenilworth and District Chamber of Commerce and Citizens received $4,000 towards operational expenses, including electricity and insurance, for Kenilworth Community Access and Information Centre.