More than $160,000 in latest Community Grants round
Noosa Council has approved more than $160,000 for community groups, events and projects in the first Community Grants round of 2021/22.
Projects given a boost include the expansion of Katie Rose Cottage’s Japanese garden to provide palliative care patients and their families a tranquil place to spend precious time together.
Sports clubs are among the biggest recipients, including Cooroora United Football Club in the hinterland, which received a $30,000 grant to upgrade its lighting.
This grant round will also help Noosa Rugby Club host a marquee sevens event in the competition's inaugural year.
Other grant recipients include the Tall Trees Art Exhibition in Cooran and the popular Noosa Strade Bianche Vintage Cycling Festival (pictured).
The many groups that use the Lawson Shed at Pomona and District Community House can look forward to better acoustics, with a grant set to provide new wall panels and curtains.
Pomona and District Community House Coordinator, Heather Manders, said a wide range of groups would benefit from the improvements.
“We have a lot of people who come along for our Cuppa and Conversation mornings at the Shed, where our volunteers provide tea, coffee and homemade morning tea. We typically get 15 to 20 people come along to have a chat at those events,” she said.
“The shed is also used for art classes, French lessons, Rummikub, library story telling sessions, Pilates and our young men’s and young women’s groups on alternate fortnights, so it’s very well used.”
Mayor Clare Stewart said Council was pleased to boost community grants funding in this year’s budget.
“Residents told us during our budget consultation, they wanted more money for community initiatives, and Council is pleased to deliver,” she said.
Cr Joe Jurisevic said Noosa was home to more than 300 community groups that all contributed greatly to the shire’s social capital.
“In this round there’s more than $10,000 for community events, just over $18,000 to answer community groups’ new equipment requests, $122,000 for infrastructure needs, and just under $10,000 for various other projects,” he said.
“Council is delighted to be able to invest in our community organisations and the important work they do.”
Cr Jurisevic said Council’s grants team was on hand to offer community groups advice on eligibility criteria and the application process.
“As well as the Council Community Grants program, our staff can also provide details on a host of other external funding opportunities,” he said.
For more information on Council’s Community Grants program, visit the website: noosa.qld.gov.au/community/grants/council-grants