Community organisations across the Sunshine Coast, including a group set to design the region’s first permanent disc golf course, are set to receive a welcome financial boost, with more than $105,000 in minor community grants approved by Sunshine Coast Council on December 6.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council was committed to supporting a range of important community initiatives and proud to announce 75 community groups received Minor Community Grants Program funding.
One recipient in the Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living category was the Sunshine Coast Disc Golf Club which received $1829 to fund the design of the region’s first disc golf course in Little Mountain.
The group also received $1000 in grant funding from Australian Disc Golf to contribute to the project.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said disc golf at the Meridan Downs Park would provide a new low-cost, all-inclusive and multi-skill level activity with social, health and wellbeing outcomes.
“This will be a great asset for the Sunshine Coast,” Cr McKay said.
“The establishment of the first permanent disc golf course on the Sunshine Coast is an exciting opportunity for not only new players to the sport but also beneficial to the current players on the Coast who will have a home course rather than travelling to compete.
“The grant the club has received are a great way for all sorts of community groups to obtain funding to help with their smaller, but important projects.”
For those who aren’t familiar with disc golf, it is played much like traditional golf but instead of balls and clubs, players use a flying disc.
Players aim for a disc pole hole, a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands.
The object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee area and finishing at the disc pole hole.
Generally a course consists of nine or 18 disc pole holes long and in a competition, the player with the lowest total cumulative score wins.
Sunshine Coast Disc Golf Club co-presidents Adam Lowe and Patrick Ferris said disc golf was a growing sport and a course on the Sunshine Coast would provide a home for local players and help grow the sport outside of Brisbane.
“Meridan Downs Park in Little Mountain will be our home and our sport is an environmentally friendly activity which will activate and bring this community space alive,” they said.
“Disc golf is an outdoor, family-friendly sport which can be played by all ages and abilities.
“It’s an inexpensive, unique way for people to experience the outdoors.
“We are really looking forward to opening the Sunshine Coast’s first permanent disc golf course and inviting the community to head along and try out this sport which is growing in popularity.
“We encourage new members and can be contacted via our Facebook page.”
To view the list of successful recipients of the Minor Community Grants, visit council’s website.
Applications for the next round of major grants and minor grants (Community Events Category only) in council’s Community Grants Program will open on January 29, 2018 and close March 12, 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need more funding? Visit council’s External Funding Database for funding opportunities, other than those provided by council, which could further support your project.