Community groups across the region are set to receive a welcome financial boost, with more than $520,000 in grants endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council today (November 8).
Council is committed to acknowledging the important work of our volunteers in our healthy, smart, creative region and proud to announce that 80 community projects were being supported through the latest major grant round of the Community Grants Program.
One community group set to benefit is the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Inc, which has been awarded $15,000 through the Community Facilities category to construct a semi-enclosed pavilion, together with a securely fenced bee enclosure.
This funding is a step towards the group developing a permanent facility at Yandina which includes a centre of excellence for beekeeping.
This new facility will benefit the community by supporting educational programs to increase awareness about the importance of bees in maintaining a sustainable environment.
Community Portfolio Cr Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast was fortunate to have so many active community groups that deliver a vast array of benefits to our community through social, cultural, economic, sport, health and wellbeing programs.
“The successful funding recipients are certainly making a difference and contributing to our thriving community,” Cr McKay said.
“In this round of grant funding, we have seen a lot of important community projects, including youth programs, First Nations events and facility upgrades.
“Council’s vision is for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative, and our community grants program supports not-for-profit groups to contribute to this vision.”
Council’s Major Community Grants Program support local communities across seven categories. This round of funding includes:
- $74,945 for Community Development
- $134,550 for Community Events
- $205,944 for Community Facilities
- $24,000 for Cultural Development
- $5,522 for Cultural Heritage
- $10,000 for Economic Development
- $67,431 for Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living.
Applications for the next round of major grants in council’s Community Grants Program will open in February 2019.
For more information on the range of grants available through council, visit council’s website or discuss your project with a grants officer on 5420 8616.