Community grant helps to share country music with our seniors
  • Thursday 15 December 2016
community grants

More than 60 local community projects have received $90,400 in funding thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s latest 2016 Minor Community Grants round.

One community group set to benefit is the Maroochy River Country Music Club that performs at local nursing homes.

With the help of a $2000 community grant, the club will buy new speakers, microphones and electronic drums.

Maroochy River Country Music Club president Greg Baldock said demand for its nursing home visits was growing.

“Our volunteer members love performing at nursing homes and the residents certainly enjoy our visits,” Mr Baldock said.

“Word must be getting around, because the demand for us to perform at nursing homes has grown significantly.

“We are hoping to increase our outings to at least two per month next year.

“Thanks to the council grant we will be able to purchase new equipment that will help us to perform more often and also enhance the program of music we perform.”

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said music in nursing homes was a proven way to encourage social inclusion, positive ageing and increase community participation and volunteering.

“The work that the Maroochy River Country Music Club is doing for our local nursing homes is heart-warming,” Cr McKay said.

“Music in nursing homes has many benefits, so it’s wonderful council is able to assist by providing a grant for the purchase of new equipment.

 “Minor community grants are a great way for not-for-profit community groups to secure a little bit of extra funding for their projects, so I would encourage any group to contact a council grants officer to discuss their project.”

The minor community grants of $90,400 will support 64 projects with a total value of $256,473. This round of funding included:

  • $20,378 for community development (14 projects)
  • $17,830 for community events (16 projects)
  • $20,176 for community facilities (13 projects)
  • $2,532 for cultural development (2 projects)
  • $5,570 for cultural heritage (3 projects)
  • $3,070 for economic development (2 projects)
  • $20,844 for sport, recreation and healthy living (14 projects).

Find out more about the Community Grants Program or contact a grants officer on 5420 8616.