Dry winter conditions have prolonged the effects of the ongoing drought for many parts of Queensland, including areas in the Toowoomba Region, but support is at hand for rural communities through the Community Drought Support grant program.
Funding for eligible community groups has been provided by the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability in an arrangement with Toowoomba Regional Council and other drought-affected councils.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said applications must be lodged with Council by Friday, September 29.
Mayor Antonio said Community Drought Support grants up to $5000 were available for eligible community organisations or groups that were interested in using funds to support various activities promoting wellbeing or addressing a genuine need in an area.
“Community groups looking for a financial windfall should review the selection criteria to see how they could enhance social networks, manage an event or support services in their community,” Mayor Antonio said.
“Maintaining family and social connections and interaction is important at all times, but especially so when natural conditions beyond people’s control push enterprises and communities to the limit.
“These funds are available for groups to improve access to support services, build links between community organisations and strengthen the resilience of areas battling the drought.
“This is a great chance to offer a benefit to people who could use additional assistance.
“Applicants are encouraged to contact Council on 131 872 to speak with relevant officers about tailoring their application to the selection criteria.”
Successful applicants are required to spend funds by the end of the year.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel including Councillors and relevant Council staff. Part funding could be awarded in relevant instances.
Guidelines, application and acquittal forms are available at www.tr.qld.gov.au/droughtgrant
For more information, please call Council on 131 872, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit any Council Customer Service Centre.
Successful applications in 2016 saw numerous projects organised that included the Wylahra Grove community expo, Greenmount Returned Soldiers’ Memorial Hall open day, Clifton tennis come and try day and the North East Downs Landcare Group’s drought resilience morning tea.