Time is running out for local not-for-profit community groups to apply for a Sunshine Coast Council Community Grant to strengthen the valuable contribution community groups and their volunteers make.
Applications are open for council’s Major Grants, but less than two weeks remain until submissions close on Monday 16 March.
It comes after more than 115 people from a variety of community organisations including RSL clubs, arts groups and sporting organisations eagerly attended council’s free Grant Workshops across the region last month at Landsborough, Kureelpa, Buderim, Baringa and Coolum.
Council’s Major Grants support not-for-profit community groups with one-off projects, events and activities that benefit the Sunshine Coast. Applications can be submitted in one of the following seven categories: Community Development, Community Events, Community Facilities, Cultural Development, Cultural Heritage, Economic Development, and Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living.
Major Grants of up to $30,000 are available for infrastructure projects and up to $15,000 for other projects, activities and events that benefit Sunshine Coast communities.
Council’s Minor Grants (Community Events category only) also close on Monday 16 March. Minor Grant applicants can apply for up to $2000 for projects that support local and regional community events, celebrations and commemorations.
Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants for more information and to start an online application.
Successful applicants for the Minor Grants (Community Events category) will be notified by late April and Major Grants by late May.
Council’s Grant Workshops will be next held in July.
TOP TIPS for submitting grant applications:
- Be clear and compelling – describe your project, what it’s going to do, who will benefit
- Consider if your project is ‘shovel-ready’ and needs that final investment from a grant
- Prepare a detailed and accurate budget – income must match expenditure
- Include supporting documentation such as approvals, permits and meaningful letters of support