Wide range of community projects awarded funding
  • Thursday 17 October 2013

From community gardens and heritage exhibitions, to street festivals, sporting groups and festive season events, a diverse range of 50 community organisations will benefit after Sunshine Coast Council today endorsed $274,278 in community grants.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council’s grant and funding programs helped foster sustainable and diverse communities across the region.

“We have such a vast range of community organisations on the Sunshine Coast and this diverse group of recipients reflects that,” Cr McKay said.

Council’s community grants support our communities across seven categories – this round of funding includes:

  • $85,775 for community development
  • $23,000 for cultural development
  • $12,358 for cultural heritage
  • $8,500 for economic development
  • $17,000 for environmental projects
  • $23,600 for festive season activities
  • $104,045 for sport, recreation and healthy living

“Organisations ranging from community centres and bushland care to youth programs, rotary groups, and sporting clubs will receive a boost for their projects.

“This diversity highlights the benefit of council’s grants programs to the wider Coast community and is also testament to the fantastic work that these groups do.”

Cr McKay said funding for festive season activities was a highlight of the grants.

“Council is helping groups right across the region to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in their own ways,” she said.

“The festivities will include community carols events, Christmas Eve celebrations, lantern parades and a great New Year’s Eve festival for families.”

Applications for council’s Community Grants Program will next open in January 2014.