- Tuesday 24 May 2011
Sunshine Coast sporting groups have until 24 June to apply for help to keep local sports fields in tip-top shape.
Under the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program, eligible not-for-profit sporting organisations can apply for a contribution towards the costs to maintain their sports fields to a district competition standard.
Council will contribute to the maintenance costs for up to three years.
Corporate Planning and Performance Portfolio Councillor Tim Dwyer, said the new program aims to provide consistent, equitable and appropriate support to help keep sports fields maintained across the region.
"The capacity of sporting groups to keep their facilities in good shape depends on the clubs’ finances, volunteer base and the original standard of the grounds," Cr Dwyer said.
"As maintenance costs continue to grow, some groups, particularly the smaller volunteer operations, have been struggling to raise the money needed to maintain their fields.
"Council recognises this and we want to help; after all, these groups provide a vital role in growing participation and encouraging healthy and active lifestyles that lead to stronger more resilient communities.
"This program is a great example of council working with the community to deliver for the whole region."
Applications are now open, closing Friday 24 June 2011.
Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants to see if your sporting group is eligible and for a copy of the guidelines and the on-line application form.
Applicants can also call a grants officer on 5441 8616 to discuss their application.