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. Cr McDonald said the regular application schedule had been brought forward to allow Council to review and finalise successful grant applications before the March 28, 2020 local government election. 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. Residents can call 131 872 to arrange a consultation with relevant staff from early January to arrange for help with tailoring grant proposals,” Cr McDonald said. The current grant round is expected to be presented for approval by Council at its February 2020 meetings.
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