Community and not-for profit groups throughout the Toowoomba Region are set to reap the benefits of the latest round of funding from the Council’s Community Grant Program. Round one of the grant program has allocated close to $410 000 to be shared among 74 local groups and organisations. Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Committee Chair Councillor Geoff McDonald said the latest round of funding would help provide a helping hand to organisations throughout the region. “We understand the difficulties community and not-for profit groups have to find money for projects, services and facilities and Council’s Community Grant Program is in place to provide assistance.“We understand the difficulties community and not-for profit groups have to find money for projects, services and facilities and Council’s Community Grant Program is in place to provide assistance,” Cr McDonald said.

The 74 projects were approved for funding at the September Ordinary Meeting of Council and were placed into seven main areas of funding; community economic development, community support, cultural and art support, environment, event support, sports and recreation, and sports and tourism. Grant applications in each category are assessed by a panel including TRC staff from the specified area and Councillors however the competitive review process means that not all projects get fully funded.

The grants remain capped at $5000 per application, with a yearly limit of two grants per applicant. From sports clubs to health organisations the grants covered all aspects of local groups and the likelihood of future funding initiatives looks bright for the region. “This is a great program Council offers and I encourage more groups to speak with Council officers ahead of the next round of funding, which opens on 1 January 2020, for guidance around applications.” Cr McDonald said.

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