Grants Network Night joins the dots for local community groups


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Noosa Council’s fifth Grants, Network and Nibble Night is proving to be a successful springboard for local community groups who are jumping at the chance to secure funding through grants available by local businesses.

Held at The J recently, the Grants, Network and Nibble Night provided an engaging forum where community groups were able to speak to and engage with local businesses about the free grants and services they can access.

John Hartley, President of the Cooroy-Noosa Genealogocial & Historical Research Group, said this regular event is pivotal in bringing people of the shire together to access funding and services.

He has already set the wheels in motion for a collaboration between his group and the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, thanks to a meet and greet at the event and subsequent round-table brainstorm.

“I’m going to apply for an arts grant on behalf of the Group to do three video documentaries of six minutes each using photography and archives,” he said.

“The project will be displayed on the white walls of the Butter Factory as part of Heritage Month next year. This outcome is a direct result of talking to the Butter Factory as part of the Grants Night,” Mr Hartley said.

Community Development manager Alison Hamblin said her team at Council always enjoy holding the evening as it’s a great chance to catch up with local volunteers in an informal setting.

“More than 100 local community group representatives come along each time and we always receive great feedback from many of them about the format of the night.

“Each of the presenters have three minutes to speak about what they can offer, so it’s a very fast-paced and informative night,” she said.

Mr Hartley said the event also allowed locals to chat directly with those offering grants, and get ideas on what they need to do to apply.

“It’s not only a networking night in terms of grants, but it also allows people to feed ideas off each other. It’s important that those community groups can go and hear who are offering grants,” he said.

For more information about Grants, Network and Nibbles Nights, or Council grants in general visit or phone (07) 5329 6437.

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