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Bring a community project to life with a Southern Downs Regional Council grant

9 April 2019

Does your not-for-profit have a community project or activity in the works that could use some funding to bring it to life?

Local not-for-profit groups wanting to make the Southern Downs a little brighter can apply for funding through Southern Downs Regional Council’s 2019-2020 Grants to Community program. Community Grants and Fast Grants are available to local groups seeking funding for projects or activities.

Council also offers the Competitor’s Fast Grant to individuals competing in championships or titles at a state, national or international level.

Councillor for Communities, Towns and Villages Sheryl Windle said the grants help residents and not-for-profit groups foster community spirit and enrich the region.

“Many wonderful projects and activities that benefit our entire region and our communities would never come to fruition without Council’s community grants” Cr Windle said.

“The Competitor’s Fast Grant also helps Council reward individuals for their hard work and dedication to their sport or craft so they can represent the Southern Downs at state, national and international competitions.

“Our region is a unique place with a strong community spirit, and I encourage any organisation or individual with a passion for a community project to apply for one of these grants.”

The Community Grant is open to not-for-profit groups and is capped at $10,000 per applicant. Round 1 will open Wednesday, 24 April 2019 and close Wednesday, 22 May 2019.

The Fast Grant is open to not-for-profit groups and is capped at $2,000 per applicant. Groups can apply for the Fast Grant between 1 July 2019 and 19 June 2020.

The Competitor’s Fast Grant is available to individuals who have been selected to participate in championship or title rounds of competitions at the state, national or international level and is capped at $1,000. Individuals can apply for the Competitor’s Fast Grant between 1 July 2019 and 19 June 2020.

All projects or activities funded through the Community Grant, Fast Grant and Competitor’s Fast Grant must occur between 19 July 2019 and 31 July 2020.

SDRC has updated the grant guidelines for the 2019-2020 Financial Year and encourage residents or organisations to read the guidelines on the SDRC website before applying.

Previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to make an appointment with SDRC’s Community Grants Officer to discuss how they can improve their applications.

For more information on the Grants to Community program, please contact Community Grants Officer Sue Harrold on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or head to

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