Grants for community groups now open

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LOCAL community groups who may have a new project such as upgrading facilities are invited to apply for a Major Grant through the Sunshine Coast Council program which has grants up to $30 000 on offer for community organisations to deliver one-off projects, events and activities that demonstrate community.  

Applications for a Major Grant can be submitted in one of six categories:  

*community development 

*community facilities 

*creative development 

*cultural heritage 

*economic development 

*sports and recreation 

This round of Major Grants will close on March 31 and there is a combined pool of $500,000 available for funding local community projects.  

Council invites local volunteers and community committee members seeking funding to register for a free 90-minute grant writing workshop being held during February. 

These in-person workshops and online webinars provide the opportunity for participants to meet council’s grants team and learn what makes a grant winning application. People can book a free grant writing workshop or webinar on council’s website.   

Topics include Major and Minor grant eligibility, co-funding requirements, project planning and grant writing tips. 

Each workshop will explore how to plan and communicate projects, what supporting documentation to include, and how to complete project budgets. 

Community Portfolio Councillor David Law said the program recognised the contribution community groups made to the Sunshine Coast. 

“The program’s focus is on supporting projects that respond to community need and activate the community in a resilient and vibrant way,” Cr Law said. 

“Groups are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the program and to help achieve council’s vision of being Australia’s most sustainable region. 

“Be sure to come along and learn council’s top 10 tips for grant writing success and get to know council’s grants team by attending a free Grant Writing Workshop or Webinar in February.” 

Eligible not-for-profit organisations can apply now for up to $15,000 towards one-off projects, events and activities that meet community need and provide community benefit. 

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

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

Key dates: 

Round opens: February 1, 2023 

Round closes: March 13, 2023 

Grant writing workshops and webinars: February 13 – 24. Register via council’s website and search for “grant workshops”. Notifications will be sent out mid-May.  

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