Valuable funding opportunities up to $30,000* for community organisations and groups to bring their initiatives to life are now available through Sunshine Coast Council’s Major Grants program.
Community Portfolio Councillor David Law said Council’s Major Grants program aimed to support projects that enhanced the region's cultural, sporting, environmental and community wellbeing.
“The program reflects Council's commitment to fostering community development and empowering local organisations to make a positive impact on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Law said.
“By providing financial assistance, Council seeks to enable local not-for-profit groups to deliver innovative projects that enhance the community and welcomes diverse applications from a wide range of sectors and interests.”
Major Grant applications can be submitted in one of six categories:
- community development
- community facilities
- creative development
- cultural heritage
- economic development
- sports and recreation.
“To support interested applicants, Council will host grant writing workshops at various times between July 25 and August 3,” Cr Law said.
“At these sessions, Council Grants Officers will provide valuable insights into the application process, offer guidance on writing a compelling grant proposal and answer any queries that potential applicants may have.
“I encourage community groups to attend these sessions to maximise your chances of securing funding.”
Coolum Tennis Club Inc. received $19,000 in the August 2022 Major Grants round towards their $60,000 synthetic grass court resurfacing project.
Coolum Tennis Club President Jonathon Holford said the Coolum Tennis Club was a proud and grateful beneficiary of Sunshine Coast Council's Major Grants Program.
“The Club received $19,000 from the Major Grants round that went towards our $60,000 grass court resurfacing project which was completed in January 2023,” Mr Holford said.
“The Club has seen an increase of 142 members and over 630 players using our facilities. It is important that we ensure the highest quality and safety for our players at our facilities.
“The resurfacing of our two synthetic grass courts has brought them up to competition standard, allowing the Club to continue hosting tournaments for both our junior and adult players.
“I want to thank the Sunshine Coast Council’s Major Grants Program for recognising the value of local sports and the role small clubs play in our community. I encourage other community clubs and organisations to apply for funding this round."
Visit Council’s website to apply today and to find more information on grant writing workshops.
Eligible not-for-profit organisations can apply now for up to $15,000 towards one-off projects, events and activities that meet community need and provide community benefit.
*Grants of up to $30,000 are also available towards infrastructure projects that involve developing, maintaining or improving buildings or land that contribute to providing a safe, accessible and inclusive community facility.
Environment Levy Grants of up to $5000 are available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region's biodiversity and waterways.