MBRC Grant applications open for youth and cultural celebrations

Moreton Bay Regional Council is offering grants of up to $1,000 per organisation to help deliver a range of activities across the region to celebrate Harmony Day (21 March) and National Youth Week (31 March - 9 April) in 2017.


Mayor Allan Sutherland said grant applications would be open for two months from 1 December 2016 - 1 February 2017, and all eligible community groups and organisations were encouraged to apply.


“We’re encouraging community groups and organisations looking to host activities or events which celebrate Harmony Day or National Youth Week in 2017 to apply for a council grant before 1 February,” Mayor Sutherland said.


“Last year, community groups, sporting clubs and schools from across the region hosted an impressive range of activities to celebrate the occasions, ranging from art workshops and a hip hop dance competition for National Youth Week to a touch football tournament and cooking demonstrations for Harmony Day.


“For 2017’s celebrations, we’re offering community grants of up to $1,000 to help subsidise the costs of running these important activities, and incentivise community groups across the region to get involved.


“Both Harmony Day and National Youth Week are great opportunities to celebrate our wonderful community, and I look forward to seeing the wide range of activities put forward for grant funding.”


Mayor Sutherland said with one in every five residents born overseas, representing more than 170 nationalities and speaking 140 different languages, Harmony Day was a great chance to celebrate the Moreton Bay Region’s rich cultural diversity.


“Our region is one of the fastest growing and culturally diverse areas in Australia, and Harmony Day is a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate our residents’ different cultural backgrounds and drive home the message that ‘everybody belongs’ in Moreton Bay,” he said.


“Through these grants, we will be looking to support activities which promote inclusiveness and embrace our region's rich cultural diversity.”


Mayor Sutherland said National Youth Week, being held from 31 March - 9 April 2017, was an important opportunity to celebrate young people across the Moreton Bay Region aged 12 to 25.


“National Youth Week is a chance to celebrate the achievements, vitality and strength of our young people and to acknowledge their positive contribution to our community,” Mayor Sutherland said.


"Today's young people are the future of our region, and so it's important to inspire and encourage our younger residents to make a difference and get involved in their community.


“I was extremely impressed with the unique and modern youth-focused events run by community groups across the region last year and I look forward to seeing what’s put forward for 2017.”


Grant applications for Harmony Day and National Youth Week celebrations will be open to eligible community groups and organisations from 1 December 2016 - 1 February 2017.


To apply, or for more information, visit https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/grants/

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