Over $106k Awarded to Successful Grants to Community Applicants and Round Two Opens

The Southern Downs Regional Council is pleased to announce a tremendous start to the Grants to Community program. Round One of Council’s new 2017/18 Grants to Community closed on 30 July with 26 applications submitted online via SmartyGrants requesting a combined total of over $180k in funding. 

The three Funding Streams open for applications in Round One were the Community Grant (14 submissions), Events Grant (4 submissions) and the Sport & Recreation Grant (8 submissions) with all submissions vying for a slice of the collective 2017/18 $225,000 budget pie.

 In accordance with Council’s Grants to Community Policy, the Grants to Community 2017/18 Guidelines and through the assessment processes, 15 not-for-profit community organisations across the Southern Downs region have collectively received funding of $106,171 through Round One of the 2017/18 Grants to Community.

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Mayor, Cr Tracy Dobie, said there was stiff competition for Round One of the Grants to Community resulting in funding requests for over 81% of this financial years’ budget, which is not only staggering but a strong indicator of the need not-for-profit organisations have for some financial assistance from Council.

“With so many groups applying for Council’s Grants to Community, it is so important that organisations read the Guidelines and meet the criteria for the grant they’re seeking.  Please do not hesitate to contact Sue Harrold, Council’s Grants Officer, if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process. She is there to help you and with her assistance, you might just manage to give your application that edge it needs to get across the stringent assessment criteria lines,” Cr Dobie said.

ROUND TWO of the GRANTS TO COMMUNITY is due to OPEN on Saturday, 30 September 2017 and CLOSE on Sunday, 29 October 2017.  There will be $118,829 of funding available for successful submissions to the Community Grant, Events Grant and Sport & Recreation Grant. 

Council received feedback from organisations that applied for a grant in Round One. This feedback has been incorporated into the Grants to Community Guidelines in an endeavour to aid continuous improvement in the delivery of funding to the community. 

The updated Guidelines are available on Council’s website click on Doing Business and click on Grants to Community.  Please Read the Guidelines before completing an application - they have changed.

Congratulations to the following 15 not-for-profit organisations that have successfully received funding through Round One of Council’s Grants to Community:

 Grants To Community Round One


“With the Grants to Community Round Two opening in a few weeks I highly recommend those not-for-profit organisations that need some financial assistance to complete an application – and submit it.  In Round One, 13 applications were started by various organisations and were not completed or submitted.  I wouldn’t mind guessing that those 13 groups might be re-considering putting their application hat in the grant ring for Round Two.”  Cr Dobie suggested.

 If you have any questions or need assistance with Council’s Grants to Community, please contact Council’s Grants Officer on 1300 697 372, visit Council’s website, read the Guidelines or contact SmartyGrants.  There are many avenues you can try.  Good luck!

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