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

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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 www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/community-grants.

Further information about Council's third economic stimulus package is available here https://www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/news/article/593/council-s-third-economic-stimulus-package-delivers-financial-relief-and-in-kind-support-for-community-groups

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

Community Group 

Project 

Amount

Rathdowney Memorial Grounds Association

Insurance and Cleaning costs

$1,500.00

Canungra School of Arts

Insurance, Rates and Utility costs

$1,500.00

Tamrookum Memorial Hall

Insurance costs

$1,500.00

Tamborine Mountain Cricket Club

Field Maintenance

$1,500.00

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

Office and Postage supplies

$905.00

QCWA Beechmountain Branch

Insurance costs

$1,330.00

Beaudesert Bowls Club

Insurance and Utility costs

$1,500.00

Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Club

Track Maintenance

$1,500.00

Southside Western Performance Club

Insurance costs

$1,290.00

Rotary Club of Beaudesert

Equipment for online meetings

$1,500.00

Moogerah Passion Play Association

Insurance costs

$1,450.00

Tamborine Mountain Scout Group

Insurance costs

$1,436.64

Scenic Rim Broadcasting

Operating expenses

$1,500.00

Broken Paddle Canoe Club

Equipment and Hire fees

$1,500.00

Historical Society of Beaudesert

Phone and Eftpos costs

$1,290.00

Beaudesert and District Meals on Wheels

Hire fees

$1,375.00

Fassifern Horse and Pony Club

Insurance and Operating expenses

$1,500.00

Total funding allocated 

 

$24,076.64

 

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 

Project 

Amount

Beaudesert and District Netball Association

Crossover and Concrete Entrance Driveway

$17,250.00

Beaudesert Little Athletics

Athletics Facility - Shotput, Discus and Long Jump

$19,999.90

Canungra Area Golf Club

Cart Path Restoration Project

$14,519.71

Kalbar School of Arts and Memorial Hall

Improvements to Kalbar School of Arts Memorial Hall

$19,888.00

Moogerah Passion Play Association

Replace floor of Community Room and Install Cables for Lighting

$16,892.00

Moriarty Park Committee

Moriarty Park Fencing Project

$16,000.00

Tamrookum Memorial Hall

Northern Wall Restoration

$19,986.00

Wongaburra Society

Men's Shed Rejuvenation Project

$20,000.00

Total funding allocated 

 

$144,535.61 

 

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