More funding on the way as council opens community and environment grants
New opportunities for local individuals, businesses and not-for-profit community and environment organisations are in the making as Noosa Council opens a range of grant programs on Wednesday 16 February.
A range of grants will be awarded to eligible not-for-profit organisations that need assistance for events, projects and facilities that will benefit Noosa. Last year council supported the Noosa community with almost $1 million through the community grants program.
Community Grants Officer Meagan Monk said these grant programs enable not-for-profits the opportunity to improve facilities, purchase equipment, host several new events and programs, and to achieve the aim of net-zero emissions by 2026.
"There have been some fantastic partnership projects achieved through the grants program over the years. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with community organisations and their hardworking volunteers and completing some great initiatives,” said Mrs Monk.
“Our community, environment, sporting and arts and cultural organisations do a wonderful job in developing, co-ordinating and offering a wide range of programs and activities,” Mrs Monk added.
Applications will be open in the categories of Community, Environment and Climate change and Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
In this round of grants, the Climate Change Response grants will also consider applications from community groups to install sustainable infrastructure such as solar panels or energy-efficient lighting etc.
The RADF grants are a partnership between the Queensland Government and Noosa Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. They are available to eligible organisations, individuals and businesses for programs/projects, events and professionals.
In 2021, not-for-profit group Eco Trio, namely artist Rosie Lloyd-Giblett, Helena Jackson Lloyd and Yanni Van Zijl, secured a RADF grant to undertake the project: A Rivers Tale.
The grant allowed the trio to work with environmental groups along Noosa River to provide a visual documentary raising awareness and the importance of the Noosa River ecosystem.
Yanni Van Zijl shared that it’s crucial Noosa-based organisations secure these grants to improve the lives of their communities.
“We were delighted to receive the support from RADF,” said Ms Van Zijl.
Additionally, Expressions of Interest (EOI) will also be accepted from eligible organisations for the three-year:
- Community and Environment Alliance grants
- Signature Community Events grants
- Festive Season Event grants
Council’s Grants Team offer a range of help for applicants including tips on grant writing and eligibility. Visit council’s website for more information: www.noosa.qld.gov.au/community/grants/council-grants
The latest round of grants closes at 12 noon on 30 March 2022.
To speak to council regarding your project and eligibility, please call (07) 5329 6437 or for RADF grants please call (07) 5329 6558.