Gympie Regional Council today announced the names of 25 local community organisations who will share in $112K of funds from council’s Community Assistance Grants (CAG) program.
Seventy applications were received in this latest round of the popular grant program, which supports local organisations to deliver projects or services that benefit the wider community.
Social Wellbeing portfolio Councillor, Dan Stewart, said, “Many groups depend on the extra money that grants provide to undertake vital projects such as equipment purchases, facility upgrades, and training. These are projects which lead to increased membership, or additional services and activities, and that’s a good thing for the whole community.”
This latest round of grant funding has recognised sporting and recreational clubs, disability services, an electronics group, and a local service club. The financial impact will be felt right across the region, with groups in Widgee, Kilkivan, Tin Can Bay, Kandanga, and Lower Wonga receiving grants.
The Community Assistance Grants program is an opportunity for council to stimulate projects in key areas, such as Gympie’s sesquicentenary. A new ‘G150’ category was added to the program this year for projects that will contribute towards celebrating Gympie’s anniversary year. The Gympie Saloon Car Club is just one of the applicants to be successful in this category, and their G150 Super Sedan Gold Cup in February promises to be a high-octane start to the sesquicentenary events calendar.
“Our local clubs and community groups make an enormous contribution to the quality of life we all enjoy here in the Gympie region, and the work of these groups, and the many volunteers involved, can’t be praised highly enough,” Cr. Stewart added.
The next round of Community Assistance Grants will open on 1 March 2017. Organisations with urgent requests can make a ‘Quick Response’ application to the program at any time.
For more information about council’s Community Assistance Grants, and to see the full list of the successful applicants in Round One, visit gympie.qld.gov.au/grants or phone 1300 307 800.