Council grants awarded to help community groups recover
  • Tuesday 23 June 2020
Covid 19 Grants Sitecore

While a large number of not-for-profit organisations have been doing it tough during COVID-19, Sunshine Coast Council is pleased to lend a helping hand through its COVID-19 Community Response Grants, which have been awarded today (Tuesday, 23 June). 

Council received a record 351 grant applications following the announcement of the new grants, which were activated in May under council’s COVID-19 Community Relief Plan.

The Plan brings together a range of initiatives as part of council’s continuing response to the impacts being experienced by communities across our region.

The first phase of grants supports 97 successful applications, with priority given to community groups in most urgent financial need.

This grant will help meet many community groups’ need for support towards operational costs, which are usually ineligible under council community grants.

Recipients include Belli Community Hall Association, Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra Inc, Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club, Nungeena Aboriginal Corporation for Women's Business, Yandina School of Arts, Peachester Community Hall Inc and Caloundra Community Centre. 

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said council plays a critical role during times such as this and it has been important to stand shoulder to shoulder with the region’s community organisations as they manage through the impacts of the pandemic.

“Our council recognised early on that many community organisations were struggling to keep going at a time when the people they support likely need their assistance the most,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Our Sunshine Coast Community Strategy, which we adopted in November last year, provides a key platform for the partnerships that council seeks to pursue with the community services sector and the current circumstances really demonstrate how we can be of most value to these organisations in their time of greatest need.

“That is why we have put the COVID-19 Community Response Grants in place and we will see this strengthened further in council’s Budget, which will be considered on Thursday this week.”    

Community Portfolio Councillor David Law said the community groups assisted in this first round of allocations would receive grants targeted towards keeping them going while dealing with the financial impact of COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, many eligible not-for-profit groups have lost revenue sources and experienced a surge in demand for services from individuals and families experiencing a rough time,” Cr Law said.  

“These are unusual circumstances, so we saw the need for a temporary program to offer operational funding help, as well as some project funding assistance.

“These grants have the added benefit of helping the local economy to tick along, with most applicants expected to use local suppliers and businesses.

“Sustaining these core community groups, which bind together our strong community in good times and bad, is something council is very proud to contribute towards.”    

Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club President Paul McMillan said their $10,000 grant would largely help renovate their canteen.

“We have 10 organisations that use our club and (before COVID-19) up to 3000 people would visit the site every week, so we’re very community minded,” he said.

“This will benefit so many people including all the state and regional carnivals that are held here. This means we can offer more product and more income for the community.”

Volunteering Sunshine Coast will receive nearly $5000 to purchase tech equipment enabling remote working and giving them the ability to establish productive flexible work arrangements in line with changing community need.

Sunshine Coast Family Contact Centre Association (SCFCCA) will receive more than $4000 to purchase necessary equipment to facilitate virtual supervised visitation for families living apart.

SCFCCA family support worker Lena said the grant was essential to help keep families connected.

“Our services are for families who are in conflict and/or experiencing domestic violence and cannot arrange a mutually agreeable or safe venue for child-parent contact,” she said.

“This grant will enable us to provide additional services to clients, particularly those who may be at higher risk, live interstate and/or are vulnerable persons.”

A stage two phase of successful applications from this grants program is anticipated to be announced in mid-July.

 

COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE GRANTS, ROUND 1, STAGE 1, FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Capacity Building

Applicant

Project

Amount Funded

 

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Assoc Inc.

Systems review and improvement and strategic plan

$2,000

Continuity and Connectivity

Applicant

Project

Amount Funded

 

Eumundi School of Rock

Program delivery

$2,000

Guides Queensland

Equipment - Technology

$3,932

SevGen Indigenous Corporation

NDIS-ready Consultant and Technology Equipment

$3,600

St Vincent de Paul Society Qld

Equipment - Technology

$1,000

Sunny Kids Inc.

Equipment - Technology

$2,000

Sunshine Charity Sewing Group

Equipment - Technology

$2,549

Sunshine Coast Archery Club Inc.

Equipment - Technology

$1,000

Sunshine Coast Family Contact Centre Association Inc.

Equipment - Technology

$4,091

The Sunshine Coast Barbershop Chorus Inc.

Virtual Meeting Software and Musical Director

$2,000

The Sunshine Coast Toy Library Inc.

Equipment - Technology and software

$868

The Women’s Shed Coolum Inc.

Equipment and Virtual Meeting Software

$2,000

Volunteering Sunshine Coast Incorporated

Equipment - Technology

$4,985

Facility Improvement

Applicant

Project

Amount Funded

Bli Bli United Football Club Inc.

Resurface of floor outside of building

$10,000

Caloundra Football Club

Replacement of Lights in Field Lighting

$10,000

Coolum Tennis Club Inc.

Renovation of Kitchen at the Facility

$10,000

Glasshouse Country Horse and Pony Club Inc.

Extension of Water Lines

$5,862

Landsborough Area Community Association Inc.

Replacement of Disability Access Ramp at Facility

$10,000

Maleny Community Centre Inc.

Removal of Mould in Verandah Room

$2,273

Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club Inc.

Refurbishment of Canteen at Facility

$10,000

Mudjimba Residents' Association Inc.

Mudjimba Hall Floor Covering Replacement

$10,000

Nambour & Districts Netball Association Inc.

Installation of Security Lighting and Sirens

$4,220

Nambour & Hinterland Australian Football Club Inc.

Repainting Clubhouse and Undertaking Facility Maintenance

$10,000

Old Witta School Community Centre Inc.

Sanding and Resealing Floors

$5,149

Petrie Park Craft Association Inc.

Securing of Underneath of Facility

$3,075

Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association - Sunshine Coast Branch (Sunshine Coast PCYC)

Refurbish Reception Area

$9,815

Yandina School of Arts Incorporated

Restoration Project at Facility

$5,973

 Operational Maintenance

Applicant

Project

Amount Funded

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc Inc - QF4 Caloundra

Operational and Maintenance Support

$5,000

Bamboo Projects Education Ltd.

Ongoing operational expenses

$2,000

Beerwah Glasshouse United Football Club Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$4,950

Beerwah Sportsground Management Committee Inc.

Payment of water bill

$5,000

Belli Community Hall Association Inc.

Operational Support

$802

Buderim Historical Society Inc.

Facility Maintenance and Repairs at the Pioneer Cottage

$3,329

Buderim Horse and Pony Club Inc.

Ongoing operational expenses

$1,000

Caloundra and District Rugby League Football Club Ltd

Operational Support

$2,000

Caloundra Australian Rules Football Club Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$2,000

Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Caloundra Community Centre Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$5,000

Caloundra Cricket Club Inc.

Maintenance Support

$4,000

Coolum Football Club

Operational and Maintenance Support

$2,000

Coolum Men's Shed Inc.

Operational Support

$2,500

Eumundi and District Pony Club

Operational and Maintenance Support

$1,770

Eumundi Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Operational Support

$2,000

Friends of Pattemore House Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$564

Fusion Australia Ltd

Operational and Maintenance Support

$2,745

Glass House Country Community Group Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$1,400

Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Glasshouse Mountains Touch Football Association Inc.

Operational Support

$4,778

Global Care Australia trading as Suncoast Christian Care

Operational Support

$5,000

Kawana Football Club Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Kawana Rugby League Football Club Inc.

Operational Support

$2,500

Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Kenilworth Bowling Club Incorporated

Operational Support

$2,550

Mapleton Community Library Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$1,500

Maroochy North Shore Lions Club

Operational and Maintenance Support

$1,884

Maroochy River Rowing Club Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Maroochydore Football Club Incorporated

Operational Support

$5,000

Maroochydore Rugby Union Club Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Maroochydore/Coolum Senior Rugby League Club Inc.

Financial Support 2020 Season

$5,000

Montville Village Association Inc.

Operational Support, Repairs, Cleaning and Safety Products, and Sundries

$2,000

Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club Inc.

Maintenance Support

$2,500

Nambour Bowls Club Inc.

Operational Support

$1,500

Nambour Croquet Club Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$2,500

Nambour Lind Lane Theatre Inc.

Operational Support

$1,375

Nambour Rugby League Club Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Nambour Rugby Union Football Club Inc.

Operational Support

$4,000

Naradell Inc.

Operational Support

$500

North Shore Boardriders Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

North Shore Junior Australian Football Club Inc.

Operational Support

$2,500

North Shore Multisports Association Inc.

Operational Support

$2,000

Nungeena Aboriginal Corporation for Women's Business

Operational and Maintenance Support

$5,000

Ocean Street Precinct Incorporated

Operational Support

$2,838

Palmwoods Cricket Club Inc.

Maintenance Support

$3,000

Peachester Community Hall Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$4,500

Peachester History Committee Inc.

Operational Support

$675

Pelican Waters Bowls Club Inc.

Ongoing operational expenses

$4,933

QCWA Beerwah

Operational Support

$4,408

Queensland Air Museum

Operational Support

$2,843

Rotary Club of Nambour Inc.

Operational Support

$3,000

Sonshine Sanctuary Association Incorp.

Operational Support

$5,000

Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society Inc.

Operational Support

$5,000

Sunshine Coast Arts and Crafts Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$4,987

Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association Inc

Insurance Payment

$3,000

Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Academy

Operational Support

$2,000

Sunshine Coast Netball Association

Operational Support

$2,000

Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club Incorporated

Operational and Maintenance Support

$2,000

Sunshine Coast Racing Pigeon Assn. Inc.

Operational Support

$2,000

Sunshine Coast Railway Modelers Society Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$2,096

Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Inc.

Operational Support

$4,000

Sunshine Coast Square Dance Centre Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$4,000

Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra Inc.

Operational Support

$2,670

Sunshine Coast Yacht Club Inc.

Operational Support

$2,500

Woombye Community & Business Association

Operational Support

$2,418

Woombye Snakes Football Club Inc.

Operational Support

$3,000

Yandina & District Historical Society Inc.

Operational and Maintenance Support

$3,400

Yandina Community Gardens Inc.

Operational and Vandalism Repair Support

$2,000

Yandina Cricket Club Inc.

Operational Support

$3,000