Council grants now open for local groups

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The D.I.V.E Theatre Collective’s Inside Out Project celebrated the Sunshine Coast’s diversity and multicultural identity with a large outdoor portrait exhibition at Tickle Park in Coolum Beach last year, proudly supported by a council Major Grant. Photo: Contributed

COMMUNITY groups within the Sunshine Coast region that have something they want to put on, build or who just require some additional financial help are encouraged to apply for a Major Grant through Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Grants program. 

More than $500,000 in funding is up for grabs in the latest Major Grants round, which is now open and applications close on March 14.

In the last council Major Grant round for this financial year, eligible not-for-profit organisations can receive up to $15,000 for projects, events and activities that meet community need and provide community benefit. 

Grants up to $30,000 are also available for infrastructure projects that involve developing, maintaining or improving buildings or land that contribute to providing a safe, accessible and inclusive community facility.  

Sunshine Coast Council Community Portfolio Councillor David Law called on community groups to apply for a grant in one of the six categories.

“The program acknowledges and strengthens the invaluable contribution community groups and their volunteers make towards achieving our shared vision and goal of being Australia’s most sustainable region,” Cr Law said.

Major Grant applications can be submitted in one of six categories: 

*Community Development

*Community Facilities

*Creative Development

*Cultural Heritage

*Economic Development

*Sports, Recreation and Healthy Living.

Major Grant applicants can apply for up to $15,000 (and $30,000 for infrastructure projects in the Community Facilities category only).

Environment Levy Grants up to $5000 are also now open and available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region’s biodiversity and waterways.

“Don’t delay, help us support your community group’s important projects, by applying for a Major Grant today,” Cr Law stated.

Feeling daunted by the task of submitting a grant, council has FREE grant writing webinars for this purpose:

*Learn council’s top 10 tips for grant writing success and get to know council’s grants team by attending a FREE Grant Writing Webinar in February. Search “grant workshops” on council’s website for more details and to book your spot. 

Key dates:

*Round open: February 1, 2022

*Round close: March 13, 2022

*Grant Writing Webinars: from mid-February through early-March

*Notification anticipated: 9 May 2022.

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