Council launches new regional grants program
  • Thursday 19 June 2008

Today at 10am, Mayor Bob Abbot launched the Sunshine Coast Grants Program, at Cotton Tree Park in Maroochydore.

The Grants Program provides a range of grants to encourage, engage and support individuals and groups in the community to make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region.

Mayor Abbot said that council staff had worked hard to design a single grants program with easy guidelines and application forms.

“It gives Council the opportunity to recognise the vital contribution community groups and individuals play in making our region such a great place to live, work and play.”

“These grants assist residents to carry out projects that will enhance the Sunshine Coast’s environmental sustainability, community wellbeing, economic prosperity and cultural life.”

The grants program will respond to local and regional needs and issues as identified by the community. The framework for Council’s grants program ensures the distribution and acquittal of funds is equitable, accountable and transparent.

Residents can apply for a major grant or quick response funding. The quick response funding comprises minor and individual development grants. Major and minor grants funding is available under six categories:

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Community Events
  • Environment
  • Heritage and History

Council assesses major grants twice a year and are for funding requests over $2000. The quick response funding is assessed every eight weeks, with minor grants limited to $2000 per request and $500 for individual development.

Past grant recipients, Coastal Caring Clowns, were part of today’s launch in support of Council’s new grants program. Coastal Caring Clowns know first hand the difference that council funding can make to community programs and projects.

Applicants are encouraged to come along to an information session being held from 1 – 3 July at various locations across the region.

Information about the grants, including application forms and guidelines will be available from today by logging onto Council’s website or contacting Council on 5475 7272.