The Southern Downs community is set to benefit from more than $155,000 in funding through Southern Downs Regional Council’s (SDRC) Grants to Community program. SDRC supports a number of community projects via its Grants to Community funding which assists not-for-profit organisations and individuals who work tirelessly to help make the Southern Downs a unique place to work, live and play.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said the Council is continually improving the delivery of the funding program based on community feedback. “The most notable improvement this time is opening the Fast Grant funding to individuals who will be participating in state, national or international competitions,” Cr Dobie said.

The Grants to Community funding programs available consist of The Fast Grant for Not-For-Profit Organisations Only which is capped at $2000 per applicant per financial year, The Fast Grant for Individuals Only capped at $1000 per applicant per financial year and The Community Grant for Not-For-Profit Organisations Only which is capped at $10,000 per applicant per financial year.

Cr Dobie said it is important applicants read and understand the Grants to Community Guidelines before making an application. “The Guidelines are in place to ensure Council provides funding throughout the region in an open, fair, equitable and transparent manner. I wish all applicants the very best in their endeavours to obtain funding,” Cr Dobie said.

All the information regarding Grants to Community, including Guidelines and links to Application Forms, can be found on the Doing Business section of Council’s website: Council strongly recommends applicants Read the Guidelines before starting an application which are completed and submitted online via SmartyGrants. Previous unsuccessful grant applicants are welcome to make an appointment with Council’s Community Grants Officer to discuss their previous application and how it could be improved for future submissions.

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