Council community grant supports club to be more sustainable
  • Monday 30 July 2018

Currimundi United Football Club is on track towards increased self-sufficiency thanks to a community grant from Sunshine Coast Council for their water harvesting project.

Club president Duncan Buchanan said council’s grant would enable the club to collect and store natural water from the soil for year-round irrigation of their fields and adjacent community park land.

“This project will decrease our reliance on rain and mains water, which will in turn lower our water bills, help reduce our environmental impact and ensure our fields are consistently watered for years and years to come,” Mr Buchanan said.

Council will host five free information sessions from August 6-10 to inform community organisations of the community grant application process.

Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the information sessions would be a great opportunity for community groups to learn about council’s grants program and gain valuable grant writing skills, which can also be used to apply for other funding opportunities.

“Council is particularly keen to support projects such as Currimundi United’s Water Harvesting Project, which increase the self-sufficiency of community organisations and provide energy, water and waste efficiencies,” Cr McKay said.

The Community Grants Program provides support to community groups for one-off projects, events and activities that benefit the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area.

The next round of council’s Major Grants (all categories), Minor Grants (Event category only) and Environment Levy Grants are open now and close on Monday, September 3, 2018.

For more information and to book to attend a free information session visit council’s website or contact a grants officer on 5420 8616 to discuss your project.

Fast Facts
Council’s next round of Community Grants close September 3. Eligible not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding through the following programs:

• Major Grants – up to $15,000 (up to $30,000 in the Community Facilities category only);
• Minor Grant (Community Events category only) – up to $2000; and
• Environment Levy Grants – up to $5000.

Head to council’s website to book to attend a free grant information session:

Aug 6: Mapleton Community Hall 1pm – 2.30pm
Aug 7: Beerwah Community Hall 10am - 11.30am
Aug 8: Maleny Community Centre 10am – 11.30am
Aug 9: Sunshine Coast Stadium 5.30pm – 7pm
Aug 10: Coolum Civic Centre 11.30am – 1pm

Image caption: Currimundi United Football club president Duncan Buchanan pictured with council's Parks Community Sports Field Officer providing expert advice on how to maintain turf playing surfaces.