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Community not-for-profits set to recieve $367k boost from Council

Not-for profit organisations across the Southern Downs have the opportunity to secure a share of $367,000 this financial year with Council allocating an additional $92,000 in the Budget for the 2018-19 Grants to Community.

 Southern Downs Regional Council supports a number of hard working community based not-for-profit organisations with their projects or activities annually through its Grants to Community funding programs, which are available to established, new or emerging community groups.

 Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie said she is delighted Council has made extra funding available to the region’s non-for-profit organisations this financial year.

 In 2017, 98 grant applications were made and of those 66 were successful in securing funding. Council hopes the additional funding allocation in the 2018/2019 Budget will help even more community groups to deliver their projects or activities.

 Some of the 2018-19 Grants to Community improvements include:

·                Two (2) funding streams will be available –

 Community Grant - This funding stream will be available for applications from not-for-profit organisations that require funding for projects or activities relevant to the following categories - Community Development, Community Event, Community Facility and Sport, Recreation / Healthy, Active Lifestyle.  The Community Grant will be capped at $10,000 per applicant per financial year.  Round One will open on 25 July 2018 and close on 22 August 2018.

Fast Grant - This funding stream provides small amounts of financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations for projects or activities that will benefit the Southern Downs communities.  The Fast Grant will be capped at $2,000 per applicant per financial year.  The Fast Grant is open for applications all financial year or until the budgeted funding allocation has been depleted.  The Fast Grant will open on 2 July 2018 and close on 14 June 2019.

·                Not-for-profit organisations that hold an Office of Liquor & Gaming Regulations – Community Other Licence are now eligible to apply.

·               Three additional items are now eligible for funding – Hire of Council’s Parks, Hire of Council’s Public Halls and Private Works (i.e. labour, plant & materials) via Council or a Private Contractor.

 Read the 2018/19 Guidelines for more information as they have been reviewed and updated incorporating feedback from the Southern Downs community.

 “Many Southern Downs not-for-profit’s would jump at the chance of a financial injection to assist them with their tireless work enriching and enhancing our communities, so I encourage them to visit Council’s website and start their grant application as soon as possible,” Cr Dobie said.

 All the information regarding Grants to Community, including Guidelines and links to Application Forms, can be found at www.sdrc.qld.gov.au – Doing Business – Grants to Community.

 If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Council’s Community Grants Officer, Sue Harrold, on 1300 697 372.

 

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