Major Community and Environment Levy Grants now open
  • Monday 17 July 2017

The Koala Rescue Queensland ambulance service will continue its vital service saving our much-loved furry friends thanks to a Major Community Grant from Sunshine Coast Council.

Koala Rescue Queensland’s Susan Gribble said the $15,000 Community Development Grant would provide valuable funds towards the purchase of a vehicle to provide a 24-hour ambulance service for koala rescue.

“As a not-for-profit community group we rely on donations, but without grants like this, the ambulance rescue service would not be possible,” she said.

“Our ambulance service will provide transfers of koalas from vets, carers and other rescue services to wildlife hospitals.”

Applications are now open for three of council’s grants programs:

  • Community Grants – Major Grants – up to $15,000 (up to $30,000 in the Community Facilities category only);
  • Community Grants – Minor Grant (Community Events category only) – up to $2000; and
  • Environment Levy Grants – up to $5000.

The Community Grants Program offers not-for-profit community groups financial assistance for projects, activities and events that benefit Sunshine Coast communities.
Environment Levy Grants can help not-for-profit community-based organisations fund projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region’s biodiversity and waterways.

To assist with the grant application process and give community groups the best chance to obtain funding, council will host three free information sessions.

Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay encouraged potential applicants to attend an information session to find out more.

“Last year, council provided more than $1 million in funding in the Community Grants program to community groups across the region and the demand for grant funding is extremely competitive,” Cr McKay said.

“The information sessions are a great opportunity for community groups to gain valuable grant writing skills and explore other funding opportunities.

“I encourage anyone interested in applying for a grant to attend one of the information sessions or discuss their project with a grants officer before submitting an application.”

Community groups can apply for Major Grant funding for one-off projects through one of seven categories:

  • Community Development
  • Community Facilities 
  • Community Events
  • Cultural Development 
  • Cultural Heritage 
  • Economic Development 
  • Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living

Environment Levy Grants are available for projects that:

  • contribute to landscape protection, monitoring and rehabilitation of biodiversity, including native plants, animals and waterways
  • build community capacity, engagement and participation in biodiversity, waterways and pest management 
  • adapt and respond to environmental challenges, for example, pest plants and animals.

Applications close on Monday, August 28.

Book to attend a free grant information session:

  • Nambour: Wednesday, August 2, 10am - 11am 
  • Kawana: Wednesday, August 2, 5.30pm – 6.30pm 
  • Caloundra: Friday, August 4, 10am - 11am.

Bookings are essential via council’s website.

Visit council's website for eligibility criteria and application forms. For more information or to discuss your project, contact a grants officer on 5420 8616.