Cr Law - Community Connections
  • Wednesday 15 July 2020

Community connections

I recently visited Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled at North Arm where Riding Develops Abilities. I was very impressed by their program that provides equine-based therapeutic and recreational riding and driving for all members of the disability community on the Sunshine Coast.

Having worked in the disability sector for more than 20 years, I’m passionate about all-inclusive programs and focusing on the ability in disability.

I’m happy to report SC RDA have their COVID Safe plan approved and are finalising the program for Term 3.

Congratulations to all the dedicated volunteers who make up a large part of this not-for-profit and very important group who are making big strides within the community.

Major Grants now open

Council’s signature Major Grants round is now open and is offering temporary relief from co-funding requirements. This program is a familiar pillar of grant funding support for Sunshine Coast community groups.

For this financial year, in recognition of the tightening budgets everywhere, and the need to support projects which can start and finish quickly, council is temporarily suspending the co-funding requirements for Major Grants. We are going to inject money into community groups to spend quickly and purposefully in our local economy, on projects which keep our community resilient and vibrant, and deliver maximum community benefit.

Volunteers at sporting clubs, neighbourhood centres, museums and arts facilities have gone above and beyond to keep communities connected through the stress of this year.

Not-for-profit community groups are encouraged to subscribe to council’s Grants and Funding eNews to keep up to date with grant opportunities -

Council grants officers are available to discuss community group’s projects and funding needs on 5420 8616, or via

Applications close 24 August. 

First Nations Artwork exhibition

Visit Caloundra Regional Gallery between July 18 and August 2 to see a special, limited-time exhibition from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection celebrating First Nations Peoples artworks which reflect the past and current future of the oldest continuing culture in the world. For the first time in the gallery’s 20 year history, these local and national artworks will be exhibited together to celebrate and remember. Visit for details.

Phone: 0437 825 569