Funding boost for local community groups
  • Thursday 17 August 2017

A welcome financial boost from Sunshine Coast Council is on its way to 15 community organisations with the endorsement of almost $110,000 in new partnership grants today (August 19).

The Community Partnership Funding Program provides operational funding to community groups, allowing them to dedicate their time and resources to deliver their services to the community.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the program began in 2010 and had provided valuable assistance to many local community groups since its inception.

“This important funding program will provide $816,000 in funding to community organisations this financial year” Cr McKay said.

“Following today’s endorsement, with 97 groups already awarded multiple years of funding in the last two years, there are now a total of 112 local community organisations receiving funding through this program.

“By covering costs such as general maintenance, the program ensures not-for-profit community groups can continue to operate and invest their time in providing services to their members and the broader community.”

Valdora Community Hall was one of two new groups which operate small community halls that have joined the program.

Treasurer Janelle Biddulph said the Valdora Community Hall was an important community hub used for a range of events, including weddings, meetings, classes and workshops.

“Council’s support of the operating costs of our community hall provides us with a welcome financial boost to help ease the pressure on our volunteers,” she said.

“It allows us to focus on projects like updating the building and running our community events.”

Cr McKay said it was also great to see a broader range of groups accessing the program this year with four pony clubs receiving partnership funding.

“These groups provide great opportunities for participation in popular outdoor recreational activities,” Cr McKay said.

“We’re lucky to have such a beautiful environment on the Sunshine Coast for outdoor pursuits and these pony clubs provide such welcoming facilities for people with an interest in horses.”

One pony club set to benefit from this year’s program is Caloundra Pony Club.

Treasurer Kara Thomas said Caloundra Pony Club was very happy to receive a funding contribution to its annual insurance costs.

“With the southern region of the Sunshine Coast rapidly expanding, the partnership with council will support our strategic plan for future growth,” she said.

“It’s a boost for our club which relies heavily on volunteers and will benefit all of our members and the many visitors who enjoy the pony club.”

For more information on the Community Partnerships Funding Program visit council’s website.


Image captions: Image 1: Valdora Community Hall. Image 2: Caloundra Pony Club, image by Kelly Gordon Photography.