Council grants more than $595,000 to local community groups

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Robyn Cook, board member of the Old Ambulance Station and Matt Cook, co-project manager of the Media Makers Project.

Community groups across the region are set to receive a welcome financial boost, with more than $595,000 in grants endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council today (May 17).

Council is committed to acknowledging the important work of our volunteers and proud to announce that 94 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 Arts Industry Precinct, which has been awarded $10,000 through the Community Development category towards the Old Ambo Media Makers Pilot Project.

This funding will assist in the establishment of a multi-function multimedia studio space at the Old Ambulance Station facility in Nambour, offering computer, video and audio production and editing equipment for the recording and live-streaming of podcasts, webinars and online interest groups.

The creative space will be an exciting addition to the services currently on offer at the popular Old Ambo, which include workshops, performances, exhibitions and community gatherings.

Interested participants will be trained and supported in the use of the equipment.

The project will provide opportunities for inter-generational mentoring, recording of cultural stories and oral histories, and film making to name a few.

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, Indigenous events and facility upgrades.”

Council’s Major Community Grants support local communities across seven categories. This round of funding includes:

·                     $101,661 for Community Development

·                     $85,657 for Community Events

·                     $256,174 for Community Facilities

·                     $55,500 for Cultural Development

·                     $17,975 for Cultural Heritage

·                     $10,500 for Economic Development

·                     $67,973 for Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living.

Applications for the next round of major grants in council’s Community Grants Program will open on July 23 and close September 3, 2018.

For more information on the range of grants available through council, visit council’s website or to discuss your project, contact a Grants Officer on 5420 8616.

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