Fifty-seven community groups across the Toowoomba Region can plan future projects thanks to funding windfalls from Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC).
Today’s April Ordinary Meeting of Council approved Community Grant Program funding of almost $248,000 to the successful applicants.
TRC Environment and Community Committee chair Cr Geoff McDonald said Council’s grant program covered applications for the Sport and Recreation, Event Support, Community Economic Development, Community Support, Environment and the Cultural and Arts Support grants.
Grants in the current funding round (round two 2017/18) will be allocated as follows: Sport and Recreation: nine successful applications totalling $123,558; Event Support: 19 successful applications totalling $48,775; Community Support: 15 successful applications totalling $23,886; Environment: six successful applications totalling $26,179; Cultural and Arts: five successful applications totalling $10,565 and Community Economic Development: three successful applications totalling $15,000.
Cr McDonald said Council was pleased to offer financial assistance to a diverse range of community and not-for-profit groups.
“Council appreciates the difficulty smaller groups face to find money for projects, services and facilities,” Cr McDonald said.
“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.
“Council officers are available ahead of each funding round to offer guidance around applications. Additional information about each grant category is available on Council’s website. Visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/grants
“The next funding round will open in July with applications to close on August 1.
“Eligible groups around the region are welcome to make enquiries or lodge applications at the appropriate time to help their organisation stage events or improve facilities.”
Cr McDonald said it was pleasing to note the range of projects and activities that would proceed across the region thanks to the grant funding.
Grants have been awarded to the following organisations:
Community Economic Development:
• Pittsworth District Alliance (highway signs),
• Oakey Chamber of Commerce (wifi at Oakey Visitor Information Centre and development of an Oakey tourism map)
• Yarraman Business Group (for 10 town head sculptures).
• Toowoomba BMX Club (security upgrade),
• Toowoomba and Districts Bromeliad Society (club items),
• Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnerships (to improve signs, noticeboard at The Heights Community Centre),
• Quota International of Toowoomba (for program books),
• Greenmount Returned Soldiers’ Memorial Hall (maintenance),
• Disability Media Association (for a literacy/journalism workshop),
• Kath Dickson Family Centre (Indigenous resource library),
• Wylahra Grove Progress Association (hall upgrade),
• Rockville Scouts (kitchen items, tree trimming),
• Rosalie Shire Historical Society (to digitise records),
• St Anthony’s Scouts (repairs),
• Bunya Park Scouts (repairs),
• Crows Nest Tennis Club (membership drive),
• Cambooya Landcare Association (office and resources upgrades),
• Yarraman and District Progress Association (Christmas display project),
Cultural and Arts:
• Toowoomba Repertory Theatre (develop and perform plays from annual competition),
• Toowoomba International Multicultural Society (dance workshops).
• The Broxburn Music Club of Pittsworth (sound system),
• Crows Nest and District Tourist and Progress Association (Hampton tree carving project),
• Pittsworth Art Group (painting workshop).
• Crows Nest Community Solutions (noxious weed treatment),
• Rosalie North Landcare Group (Coolatai grass eradication),
• Emu Creek Catchment Landcare Group (weed control),
• Millmerran Landcare Group (equipment),
• Cambooya Landcare Association (weed control, restore native vegetation at Federation Park),
• Friends of the Escarpment Parks (materials).
• Darling Downs Rose Society (annual autumn rose show support),
• Disability Media Association (information night support),
• Empire Theatre Projects (Activities at Carnival),
• Endeavour Foundation Area South West Committee (annual ball),
• Felton Hall Association (theatre restaurant),
• Friends of the Escarpment Parks (open day and book launch),
• Highfields North Eastern Downs Lions Club (car show),
• Klub VW Darling Downs (vintage show),
• Lifeline Darling Downs and South West (writing and wellbeing symposium),
• Millmerran Auto Club – on behalf of the Pittsworth Sprints Committee (Pittsworth Sprints),
• Oakey Motorsport Club (Oakey Sprints),
• Peranga Community Association (A Day in the Park),
• Pittsworth District Alliance (Pittsworth Multicultural Festival),
• Rods Hot Rod Club (Millmerran run),
• Toowoomba Bonsai Group (2018 Bonsai exhibition),
• Toowoomba City Spring Ball (black tie ball),
• Toowoomba Hospice Association (Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo),
• Toowoomba Lapidary Club (38th Toowoomba Gemfest),
• Toowoomba Local Ambulance Committee (2019 LAC state conference).
Sport and Recreation:
• Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia Millmerran and District branch (replacement clay target thrower),
• Toowoomba Tennis Association (upgrade synthetic surfaces),
• Toowoomba Bowls Club (solar panel installation),
• Cooyar Campdraft Association (amenity building planning at Cooyar Showgrounds),
• Clifton Benchrest Shooters’ Union (facility upgrades),
• Football Queensland South West (field lighting Captain Cook Reserve),
• West Wanderers Football Club (facility upgrades Nell E Robinson Park),
• Brisbane North Dirt Bike Club (planning for amenities at Mt Binga),
• Pittsworth and District Wildcats Netball Club (court upgrades).