Region in good stead for grants

COMMUNITY groups in Gregory are reminded there is one week left to apply for $10,000 funding grants under the Queensland Government’s $2 million Building Rural Communities Fund.

Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson said the selective nature of the program meant organisations in Central Queensland could feel confident about applying and that his office would be happy to assist any application.

“The fund excludes major regional centres and is open to people in the eight regions, including Central Queensland, Isaac and the South West. The minister has indicated that rural communities recovering from the recent devastating flooding would be looked upon favourably,” said Mr Johnson.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to implement projects that improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural capacity of their communities.

Applicants must be incorporated or sponsored, unincorporated not-for-profit organisation, a local government entity or a Regional and Remote Area Development Organisation. Mr Johnson said organisations to benefit from the first round included sporting clubs, community service projects by Rotary clubs, arts projects and special events.

“Service clubs, P&Cs and any not-for-profit community group would qualify. Gregory has had a tough time of it this summer and community groups will be trying to recover. Normally the business people of Gregory are generous sponsors of their communities but times are tough. I encourage all our community groups to put their hand up for this funding and help their communities not just to rebuild but to become even better,” he said.

More information is available at www.regions.qld.gov.au or by phoning DEEDI on 132 523.


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