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Drought Support Grants Available

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Paul Antonio

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio

April 13, 2016

Yarraman and Cooyar residents have been reminded that support is available for community groups in the Toowoomba region through the Community Drought Support grant program.

Funding for eligible groups has been provided by the State Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability in an arrangement with Toowoomba Regional Council.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said applications must be lodged with the TRC by May 13.

Mayor Antonio said Community Drought Support grants up to $5000 were available for eligible community organisations or groups that were interested in using funds to support various activities promoting well-being or addressing a genuine need in an area.

“Community groups looking for a financial windfall should review the selection criteria to see how they could enhance social networks, manage an event or support services in their community,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Maintaining family and social connections and interaction is important at all times, but especially so when natural conditions beyond people’s control push enterprises and communities to the limit.

“These funds are available for groups to improve access to support services, build links between community organisations and strengthen the resilience of areas battling the drought.

“This is a great opportunity to offer a benefit to people who could use additional assistance.

“Applicants are encouraged to contact Council on 13-18-72 to speak with relevant officers about tailoring their application to the selection criteria.”

Successful applicants are required to spend funds by the end of the year.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel including Councillors and Council staff. Part funding could be awarded in some instances.

Guidelines, application and acquittal forms are available online

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