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by | Nov 11, 2021 | Community

Scenic Rim Council’s COVID-19 community grants fill the fundraising void

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Scenic Rim community groups will share in over $150,000 from Council’s COVID-19 community stimulus funding, and more groups given an chance to apply in Round 2 of COVID-19 Community Grants.

Twenty-five community groups from across the Scenic Rim shared in the $168,600 worth of funding that will provide practical and timely financial relief to grassroots community groups and welfare organisations that rely heavily on volunteers and donation.

“The pandemic has impacted many community organisations’ ability to raise much needed funds, so by assisting with fixed costs like insurance, rates or utilities, Council is supporting a range of sporting, cultural and outreach activities to continue,” Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says.

 

“These groups are the backbone of our towns and villages, and their volunteers continually go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.

 

“Through its third economic stimulus package, Council allocated $250,000 specifically for community organisations that had been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

 

“Not only were we able to endorse the allocation of funds to all 17 eligible community groups that applied to the COVID-19 Community Grants, we have also been able to allocate funds to eight community groups who narrowly missed out in Council’s last Community Grants (Major) program.

 

“A rigorous selection process is always undertaken by Council’s grant assessment panel and all submitted applications are scored against the same criteria.

 

“The allocated community stimulus funds have not been exhausted and I strongly recommend that those community organisations that haven’t applied yet should put an application in for Round 2 of the one-off COVID-19 Community Grants, opening on 10 November,” he said.

Community organisations can apply via Council’s SmartyGrants portal for up to a maximum of $1,500 in funding to offset some of the financial loss and hardship experienced due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions until 10 December,

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