Community and sporting groups receive a boost

Community and sporting groups across the Burdekin have received a boost for their events, projects and initiatives thanks to Burdekin Shire Council’s Community Grants Program.

More than $14,000 worth of funding and in-kind support was approved by Council as part of Round Three of the 2018/19 program.

It brings Council’s total commitment over the past 12 months to more than $50,000 in funding and nearly $23,000 of in-kind support– a commitment which has directly benefited 20 groups.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the funding enables groups to expand, which in turn benefits the broader community.

“One of the Burdekin’s biggest assets is the volunteer mindset present in our community and sporting groups. These groups deliver a wide range of events throughout the year – an effort which should be applauded,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council values the contribution community and sporting groups make within our Shire, and we are pleased to be in a position to support these organisations through our Community Grants Program.”

Under the program, community, sporting and not-for-profit groups can apply for up to $5,000 in funding to develop new or existing programs or activities, minor or local festivals or events, projects that promote local sustainability initiatives and projects or events that support civic pride and enhanced social and economic activity.

The Community Grants Program has three rounds of funding each financial year. Round One of the 2019/20 program will open on 3 June.

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