Foundation funding deadline for region's clubs

Published 7:00am 2 October 2022

Foundation funding deadline for region's clubs
Words by Nick Crockford

Community groups across the Moreton Bay Region, which have been affected by a severe weather event, can apply for an RACQ Foundation grant.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Emma Green said charities, community groups and sporting clubs across the state could apply for funding of up to $50,000, or up to $100,000 in exceptional circumstances, to recover from cyclones, floods, bushfires and drought.

“Community organisations are the backbone of regional towns and when they’re struggling, the whole community suffers,” Ms Green said.

“The devastation caused by natural disasters, financially and emotionally, can be long lasting and funding through the RACQ Foundation is one of the ways we help communities recover.”

Some groups are still rebuilding more than seven months after the devastating South-East Queensland floods.

Toorbul Pony Club received funding to replace a flood-damaged ride-on-mower to maintain the more than four hectares of grounds.

'All-time high'

“Being a small club run by volunteers, maintenance of the grounds is critical for us to run our events keeping riders and horses safe,” volunteer Pennie Eckel said.

“As many of our members went under in the February floods it was overwhelming for the club to also be impacted as it is a happy place for our members and horses.

“Thanks to RACQ Foundation, morale is back to an all-time high. We’re proud to show off our club and it has created optimism for the members still not back in their houses.”

Since the disaster, RACQ Foundation has pledged $2.1 million to help those affected to pay for rebuilding costs, replacing equipment and amenities.

The latest round of funding closes 5pm on October 7, 2022. More information on how to apply can be found here.

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