Council's COVID-19 community grants fill the fundraising void

Covid 19 community grants round 2

Twenty-five community groups from across the Scenic Rim will share in $168,600 from Council's COVID-19 community stimulus funding, with more groups given an opportunity to apply in Round 2 of COVID-19 Community Grants – opening today.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said providing practical and timely financial relief to grassroots community groups and welfare organisations, that rely heavily on volunteers and donations, is part of Council's broader strategy to support the region's recovery through economic stimulus.

"The pandemic has impacted many community organisations' ability to raise much needed funds, so by assisting with fixed costs like insurance, rates or utilities, Council is supporting a range of sporting, cultural and outreach activities to continue," Cr Christensen said.

"These groups are the backbone of our towns and villages, and their volunteers continually go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.

"Through its third economic stimulus package, Council allocated $250,000 specifically for community organisations that had been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

"Not only were we able to endorse the allocation of funds to all 17 eligible community groups that applied to the COVID-19 Community Grants, we have also been able to allocate funds to eight community groups who narrowly missed out in Council's last Community Grants (Major) program.

"A rigorous selection process is always undertaken by Council’s grant assessment panel and all submitted applications are scored against the same criteria.  

"The allocated community stimulus funds have not been exhausted and I strongly recommend that those community organisations that haven't applied yet should put an application in for Round 2 of the one-off COVID-19 Community Grants, opening on 10 November," he said. 

Until 10 December, community organisations can apply via Council's SmartyGrants portal for up to a maximum of $1,500 in funding to offset some of the financial loss and hardship experienced due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

Grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Community Grant Program is available on Council's website at

Further information about Council's third economic stimulus package is available here

The following projects were successful in COVID-19 Community Grant Program - Round 1: 

Community Group 



Rathdowney Memorial Grounds Association

Insurance and Cleaning costs


Canungra School of Arts

Insurance, Rates and Utility costs


Tamrookum Memorial Hall

Insurance costs


Tamborine Mountain Cricket Club

Field Maintenance


National Servicemen's Association of Australia (NSAA) Beaudesert & District Branch

Office and Postage supplies


QCWA Beechmountain Branch

Insurance costs


Beaudesert Bowls Club

Insurance and Utility costs


Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Club

Track Maintenance


Southside Western Performance Club

Insurance costs


Rotary Club of Beaudesert

Equipment for online meetings


Moogerah Passion Play Association

Insurance costs


Tamborine Mountain Scout Group

Insurance costs


Scenic Rim Broadcasting

Operating expenses


Broken Paddle Canoe Club

Equipment and Hire fees


Historical Society of Beaudesert

Phone and Eftpos costs


Beaudesert and District Meals on Wheels

Hire fees


Fassifern Horse and Pony Club

Insurance and Operating expenses


Total funding allocated 




The following projects (from the oversubscribed Major Grants under the Community Grants Program 2021-2022 Round 1) have been allocated funds in COVID-19 Community Grant Program - Round 1: 

Community Group 



Beaudesert and District Netball Association

Crossover and Concrete Entrance Driveway


Beaudesert Little Athletics

Athletics Facility - Shotput, Discus and Long Jump


Canungra Area Golf Club

Cart Path Restoration Project


Kalbar School of Arts and Memorial Hall

Improvements to Kalbar School of Arts Memorial Hall


Moogerah Passion Play Association

Replace floor of Community Room and Install Cables for Lighting


Moriarty Park Committee

Moriarty Park Fencing Project


Tamrookum Memorial Hall

Northern Wall Restoration


Wongaburra Society

Men's Shed Rejuvenation Project


Total funding allocated