Funding boost for Sunshine Coast community groups
A WELCOME financial boost from Sunshine Coast Council is on its way to community organisations with council endorsing almost $145,000 in new partnership grants.
The Community Partnership Funding Program provides operational funding to community groups to help them deliver their important and much-needed services to the community.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Community Partnership Funding Program began in 2010 and had provided assistance to many local community groups since that time.
"The Community Partnership Funding Program will provide community organisations with $730,000 in funding this financial year," Cr McKay said.
"This includes the funding for the 24 community groups endorsed by council at our August Ordinary Meeting and the 75 groups that were awarded multiple years of funding in 2015.
"There are now 99 local community organisations receiving funding through this program.
"The program is provided to cover costs such as electricity and maintenance, allowing the community groups to spend their hard-earned fundraising dollars on providing services to their members and the broader community."
The Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra is one of the new groups joining this program.
President of the Queensland Air Museum Cameron Elmes thanked council for its ongoing support.
"The Queensland Air Museum started in 1973," Mr Elmes said.
"In 1987, the then Landsborough Shire Council offered us a permanent home at the Caloundra Aerodrome, which was an offer too good to refuse.
"Since that time we have developed a fantastic working relationship with council.
"Without their support and the hard work of our many volunteers, it would be extremely difficult to keep operating. "We're open every day of the year except Christmas Day, so that's a lot of volunteer hours and operational costs."
Cr McKay said it was also great to see community groups grow with the help of partnership funding and be in a position to take on larger projects for the community.
"One community group moving on from the program this year is Community Solutions," Cr McKay said.
"Community Solutions has grown considerably over the past few years and their professionalism and hard work has now secured two years of State Government funding to deliver Safe Night Precinct support services." Community Solutions' Health and Wellbeing Solutions Manager Tendai Dawkins said the support received from council had been invaluable.
"Community Solutions is excited to deliver State Government-funded Safe Night support services to the Sunshine Coast community," Ms Dawkins said.
"The Street Angels service, which was funded by council for a number of years, paved the way for this new opportunity.
"I would like to thank council for their support and appreciate the Community Partnerships Funding we received for the Street Angels service."
For more information on the Community Partnerships Funding Program and a list of recipients visit council's website.