Community Activity Grant Funding is now available for not-for-profit organisations, activities, events and individuals participating in national sporting events.
Cr Mary Brown said “Due to increasing the amount of data collected from each recipient, Council is better able to measure more accurately how the grant funding benefits the community and is a real economic driver.”
“Data collected demonstrates that in the 2017/2018 financial year, the Community Activity Grants in excess of $180,000 generated equated to over $3,400,000 of economic benefit to the entire Shire” Cr Brown said.
Local Community Activity Grant recipients, Hinchinbrook Sportfishing Club, have been running the annual North Qld Sportfishing Championships event for the past three years in the Shire and have reiterated the impact the funding has had on the event.
Club President Adam Royle said “The NQ Sportfishing Championships have had a long history in the North Queensland region, and through the Community Activity Grants the club was able to bring the event to the Hinchinbrook for the first time in over 30 years.”
“Last year the NQ Sportfishing Championships brought over 100 participants and their families to the Hinchinbrook Shire for the event, with participants coming from as far north as Mossman and as far south as Bundaberg.”
“Council funding has been instrumental in the club being able to run the event in the format that we are now running it, and has assisted us in promoting the event, increasing our numbers and in turn promoting the Shire, bringing visitors and money to our district,” Mr Royle said.
Cr Brown said the next round of funding closes Monday 8 April 2019 and encourages local groups, associations and individuals to apply.
“The next round of funding will support events and activities taking place between 1 July 2019 and 30 September 2019, now is the time to take advantage of this funding opportunity and submit your application.”
“Council is extremely focused on supporting community development and participation. Community Activity Grants form a critical aspect in this initiative and is one that Council is proud to offer. The Community Activity Grant funding is a great opportunity for clubs, associations and not-for-profit groups to create fundraising events, celebrations or family fun days, contributing to the vibrant Hinchinbrook events scene and building groups, clubs and associations through events and activities,” Cr Brown said.
For more details about the Community Activity Grants please visit Council’s website, Grants and Funding page.