Stanthorpe council chambers.
Stanthorpe council chambers. File

Council grants available soon

SOUTHERN Downs community groups will once again have an opportunity to apply for a financial injection to bring their project, activity or service to life though Southern Downs Regional Council's Community Grants Program and Community Support Program in 2016/17.

The council's Community Grants Program (CGP) open on Monday, October 3 and will close on Monday, October 31. The CGP is available to provide funding for one-off community based activities or projects, or, one-off capital or equipment purchases by eligible community organisations.

Council intends to open its Community Support Program (CSP) funding during the first quarter of 2017.

The CSP is available to provide funding for the provision of operational services that respond to specific or targeted needs in the community or, for the operation of community halls which are primarily for community use.

Southern Downs Mayor Cr Tracy Dobie said in 2015/16 more than 30 recipients shared in $100,000 worth of funding across Council's Community Grants and Community Support programs.

"For 2016/17, council is pleased to be able to offer $110,000 worth of program funding to be shared by community organisations across the Southern Downs.

"I'd encourage those seeking assistance for their important project, activity or service to take time to get on-board and complete an application.

"These programs help local community groups and clubs to fund all sorts of projects that might otherwise be out of their reach.

"Applications can be submitted via SmartyGrants under the Community Grants Program for funding up to a maximum of $7500,” the mayor said.

A session about the community funding programs will be held on Tuesday, October 4 from 5.30pm - 7pm, at the QCWA Rooms, 5 Victoria St.

Council's acting manager community services, Mr Kerry Marsden, said council recognises the important contribution that community groups make to the cultural, economic, environmental and social wellbeing of Southern Downs' communities.

"Council is committed to supporting community initiatives and partnerships that align with the Community Plan 2030 and Corporate Plan.

"It is local community organisations that see local needs and identify opportunities for building stronger, more connected communities.

"And, community grants are an excellent way to empower the community to meet those needs and build capacity as well as building more resilient communities.

"We would emphasise though, that community groups should be aware that demand for these grants is very high and consequently applications must meet the specified criteria.”

Full information about the programs, eligibility and assessment criteria, and how to apply, is outlined in the Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions. Applicants should read these documents, available on council's website.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, October 31.

For further information visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au/doing-business/grants-funding.

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