Council announces $274K in Community Grants

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Sunshine Coast Council - Queensland - AustraliaFrom community gardens and heritage exhibitions, to street festivals, sporting groups and festive season events, a diverse range of 50 community organisations will benefit after Sunshine Coast Council today endorsed $274,278 in community grants.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council’s grant and funding programs helped foster sustainable and diverse communities across the region.
“We have such a vast range of community organisations on the Sunshine Coast and this diverse group of recipients reflects that,” Cr McKay said.
Council’s community grants support our communities across seven categories – this round of funding includes:

  • $85,775 for community development
  • $23,000 for cultural development
  • $12,358 for cultural heritage
  • $8,500 for economic development
  • $17,000 for environmental projects
  • $23,600 for festive season activities
  • $104,045 for sport, recreation and healthy living

“Organisations ranging from community centres and bushland care to youth programs, rotary groups, and sporting clubs will receive a boost for their projects.
“This diversity highlights the benefit of council’s grants programs to the wider Coast community and is also testament to the fantastic work that these groups do.”
Cr McKay said funding for festive season activities was a highlight of the grants.
“Council is helping groups right across the region to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in their own ways,” she said.
“The festivities will include community carols events, Christmas Eve celebrations, lantern parades and a great New Year’s Eve festival for families.”
Applications for council’s Community Grants Program will next open in January 2014. 
Community Grants Program—Major Grants
August Round 2013

Community Development
Applicant Project Amount Funded
Alex Community Garden Sub-Committee Alex Community Garden          $2,000
Caloundra Community Centre Inc. Synergizing Energies, Tutor Training and Website Development Project.          $6,800
Caloundra Volunteer Coast Guard – QF 4 Replacement Primary Rescue Vessel – Electronics component        $10,000
Caloundra Woodworking Club “Seniors Saw Stop Safety”          $6,280
Christian Outreach Centre as Trustee for the Global Care Trust The Food Connection – Expanding Operations          $6,000
Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc. 2013/14 Season Voluntary Lifesaving Patrol Readiness Project          $2,000
Federal Memorial Hall Inc. Purchase of chairs for Federal Hall as part of upgrade to host functions          $5,000
Fusion Australia Ltd Buderim Youth Festival          $4,000
Gateway Care Gateway Care Repairing of Community Facility          $5,000
Global Care Suncoast Suncoast Care Grocery Outlet Cold Storage        $10,000
Maroochydore SES Auxillary Storm Damage Rescue and First Aid Equipment          $2,000
Nambour Bowls Club Inc. Install Stairlift          $3,637
Pomona & District Community House Inc. Pomona Beautification and Bush Tucker Garden          $2,000
Royal Antidiluvian Order of Buffaloes Buffalo Hall           $5,362
Skate Australia Inc. Sunshine Coast Skateboarding Hub 2014           $5,000
Sunshine 60 & Better Group Inc. Kawana Forest Meeting Place Awareness Project           $7,500
Sunshine Valley Men’s Shed Inc. Secure Shed for Tractor           $3,196


Cultural Development
Applicant Project

Amount Funded

FESTURI – A Multicultural Celebration Incorporated FESTURI Multicultural Festival 2013           $5,000
Kenilworth Arts Council Inc. Kenilworth Celebrates! 2014           $5,000
Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District Voices on the Coast – A Youth Literature Festival           $5,000
Maroochydore Revitalisation Association Inc. Ocean Street World Festival 2014           $5,000
The Trustee for the Eumundi Historical Foundation Limited Eumundi Sculpture Prize           $3,000


Economic Development
Applicant Project

Amount Funded

Noosa Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. Greater Noosa Region Home Based Business Survey           $5,000
Peregian Beach Business Association Inc. Peregian Square Food and Fashion Fiesta           $3,500


Applicant Project

Amount Funded

Petrie Creek Catchment Care group Inc. Amenities building           $5,000
Slow Food Noosa Slow Food National Conference 2014 – Regional Engagement           $5,000
Sunshine Beach Bushland Care Weeding, Rehabitation, In-fill Revegetation and Maintenance of the area contained by & adjacent to the “Doggy Beach” Accesses at Noosa Spit/Woods.           $7,000


Festive Season
Applicant Project

Amount Funded

Coolum Christian Family Church LTD Christmas in the Park           $5,000
Flame Tree Baptist Church T/A Nambour Baptist Church Nambour Community Carols           $5,000
Glasshouse Country Community Carols by Candlelight Glasshouse Country Community Carols by Candlelight           $5,000
Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club Inc. New Year’s Eve @ The Lake           $3,500
Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club Inc. Christmas Eve on the beach           $2,000
Rotary Club of Mooloolaba Inc. 25th Senior Citizens Christmas Party “Silver Bells” 06 December 2013           $1,600
Woombye Community and Business Association Christmas in Woombye 2013           $1,500


Heritage and History
Applicant Project

Amount Funded

Heritage ROC Inc. Fibro Coast           $6,300
Nambour & District Historical Museum Association Inc. Upgrade of Sugar Mill & Locomotive Display           $3,500
The Corporation Of The Synod Of The Diocese Of Brisbane Wayna Park – Naming Event & Signage           $2,558


Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living
Applicant Project

Amount Funded

Bli Bli Tennis Club Inc. Fence Replacement           $3,300
Caloundra Australian Rules Football Club Inc. Purchase of Field Mower           $5,000
Caloundra City Soccer Club Inc. Spoon Drainage Works           $2,600
Glasshouse & Hinterland Australian Rules Football Club Inc. Field Drainage works – Football/Cricket Field           $4,000
Nambour & District Netball Association Inc. Installation of New Netball Courts         $25,000
Nambour Blue Demons Hockey Club Inc. Upgrade to Floodlighting at Petrie Park           $5,000
Nambour Rugby League Club Inc. Canteen / Change Rooms         $25,000
Noosa Australian Football Club Inc. Bore, Pump and Sub Surface Irrigation to AFL Ground           $2,645
Palmwoods Warriors Football Club Inc. Project “Field Protection”           $4,000
Sunshine Coast Radio Control Car Club Track Upgrade           $7,500
Sunshine Coast Riding For The Disabled Inc. Equestrian Facility for People with Disabilities         $10,000
Tewantin Noosa Pony Club Inc. Main Arena Surface Regeneration and Nutrition Project           $5,000
Yandina and Districts Pony Club Inc. Drainage to Pony Club Grounds           $5,000