Drought & downpour: funding for QLD community groups

RACQ Foundation has encouraged Queensland community groups struggling with the lasting effects of natural disasters to apply for funding, with the latest round of applications to close shortly.

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RACQ Foundation spokesperson Renee Smith said many community organisations continued to suffer due to a turbulent 2017, in which parts of the State experienced a devastating cyclone coupled with a relentless drought.

“This is exactly why RACQ Foundation was established – to help community groups struggling as a result of natural disasters,” Ms Smith said.

“We’ve given more than $7.4 million in funding to more than 170 community groups since our inception in 2011.

“Just last year, funding was received by 20 groups, as varied as BMX clubs, golf clubs, kindergartens, surf lifesaving clubs and agricultural associations.

“These were spread across Queensland – from drought-affected Miles, through to cyclone-ravaged Sarina.

“We know how much of a morale boost it can be for communities to have their local organisations back up and running at full capacity, and we’re proud to play a part in helping Queensland groups recover.”

Ms Smith encouraged Queenslanders to spread the word about the current funding round.

“If you know of a community group that’s struggling amidst, or following, a natural disaster, urge them to apply for RACQ Foundation funding,” she said.

“Grants of up to $50,000, and up to $200,000 in exceptional circumstances, are available. With the current funding round closing on 1 March, we encourage those thinking of applying to start the process as soon as possible.”

Applications for funding can be found on the RACQ Foundation website.