Council awards more than half a million dollars to local community groups

In a major boost for local non-profit community groups, the Sunshine Coast Council announced that more than $550,000 will support 95 local projects in its latest round of major grants.

Community Portfolio Councilor David Law said he was proud to see the council continue to support a variety of projects that would benefit the community for a long time.

“It’s great to see so many Sunshine Coast community groups receiving funding to carry out unique projects, events and activities that benefit the entire region,” said Cr Law.

“Successful funding recipients certainly make a difference and contribute to our thriving community.

One community group that stands to benefit is the Maleny and District Men’s Shed Incorporation, which received $6,394 in the Community Facilities category for the erection of a new shed.

Men’s Sheds plays an important role in improving men’s health and well-being by providing an inclusive and safe place where all men in a local community can come together and by providing important health information.

Maleny and District Men’s Shed Incorporation secretary Lindsay Hay said he was delighted the group had received a major grant and membership had recently increased.

“Our Men’s Shed now has over 50 members and the funding will be used to erect a hangar recently donated by the Australian Defense Force and enable the expansion of Men’s Shed operations,” said Mr Hay.

“Our members are excited to engage in alternative pursuits such as leather working, lead lighting, maps and computers, as well as having a chill out space for meals and briefings. “

Cr Law said that in this round of funding there were many important community projects, including youth programs, creative and cultural events and facility improvements.

“The Council’s Community Grants program recognizes and reinforces the valuable contribution of community groups and their volunteers to achieving our shared vision and goal of being Australia’s most sustainable region: healthy, smart, creative, while fostering a strong community,” he said.

Other successful grant applicants include Save Our Streets Ltd., which received $7,500 for its National Reconciliation Week 2022 Cultural Awareness Project, the Wan’diny NAIDOC Committee, which received $10,000 for its NAIDOC 2022 Wan’diny Family Fun Day, and Sunshine Coast Film Festivals, which received $15,000 for the 2022 Sunshine Coast Film Festival.

Image 1: Maleny and District Men’s Shed works with Col and Lawrie

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