Applications for Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) next round of community grants open on July 1. TRC Environment and Community Services Committee chair Cr Geoff McDonald said community and not-for-profit groups were welcome to apply for funding to assist their project or event. Applications must be lodged by August 1, 2019.

Cr McDonald said the current funding program covered applications for the Sport and Recreation, Event Support, Community Support, Community Economic Development, Environment, Cultural and Arts Support and Sports Tourism grants. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the Community Economic Development Grants would be capped at $5000 for each application, with a yearly limit of two grants per applicant.

“Council is determined to support our Chambers of Commerce, Progress Associations and other not-for-profit groups who meet the selection criteria for the economic grants,” Mayor Antonio said. “This funding is aimed at building the capacity of regional groups who are delivering specific programs to attract or boost employment or who are undertaking projects in their towns and districts. Council envisages that these grants will support the implementation of the Toowoomba Region Economic Development Strategy and township economic development plans like the Community Growth Action Plans.”

“Council appreciates the difficulty smaller groups face to find money for projects, services and facilities. Council is pleased to offer financial assistance to a diverse range of community and not-for-profit groups.Preference is given to applications that fulfil a range of criteria covering community inclusiveness and interaction, a willingness to encourage community partnerships, upgrading facilities or services or establishing a new service, facility or initiative.”

Different funding caps apply across various grant categories. Grant applications in each category are assessed by a panel including TRC staff from the specified area and Councillors. The competitive review process means that not all projects always can be fully funded. The current grant round is expected to be presented for approval by Council at its September meetings.