Applications to open for 2017 community grants in Moreton Bay

Community groups and individuals are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $15,000 in the second round of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s 2016/17 Community Grants Program.

 

Mayor Allan Sutherland is encouraging local sporting organisations, not-for-profits, arts groups and individuals to apply for funding for their project or initiative through the program, which opens on February 1.

 

“Depending on what category you apply for, you’ll be able to get up to $15,000 for grants and $50,000 for interest free loans towards your project,” Mayor Sutherland said.

 

“Council’s community grants program is about being able to help community organisations and individuals across the region realise projects and initiatives that require some financial support.

 

“We have some great community groups and individuals who contribute so much to our region and as a council we’re proud to continue to support what they do through initiatives like our grants program.

 

“If you’re an artist, member of a sporting organisation, choir or any sort of community group and have a project you’re passionate about that needs funding, I encourage you to put an application in.

 

“In the first round of this year’s community groups shared in more than $327,000 for projects that range from canteen upgrades and wheel chair accessibility improvements to tree planting events and historical preservation.”

 

Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Matt Constance said to assist community groups with their applications, council would also host a series of workshops in late January and during the month of February across the region.

 

“These workshops are ideal if this is your first time applying for a grant or if you simply need some assistance in putting together your application,” Cr Constance said.

 

“Working closely with council’s grants staff, you’ll get access to information on what to include, how to be present your grant application and what the independent assessment panel will be looking for.”

 

The workshop details are:

The Hub, Caboolture - January 31, 2pm

Redcliffe Library, Redcliffe - February 2, 10am

North Lakes Community Centre, North Lakes - February 8, 10am

Arana Hills Library, Arana Hills - February 9, 6pm

Strathpine Library, Strathpine - February 18, 10am

 

Cr Constance said for artists or community groups with arts, cultural and heritage projects, council would also host additional drop-in sessions with information on community grants funding through the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Drop-in session details:

Woodford Library, Woodford - January 30, 10am

The Hub, Caboolture - January 30, 2pm

Redcliffe Library, Redcliffe - January 31, 10am

Bribie Island Library, Bongaree - February 1, 10am

Deception Bay Library, Deception Bay - February 1, 2pm

Arana Hills Library, Arana Hills - February 7, 2pm

North Lakes Community Centre, North Lakes - February 8, 10am

 

To apply for a grant, book for a workshop or for more information visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/grants or call 3205 0555.

 

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between council and the State Government through Arts Queensland to provide support for arts, culture and heritage development.

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