Last chance to apply for community grants

Published 12:53pm 1 July 2021

Last chance to apply for community grants
Words by Kylie Knight

Applications close today for grants up to $20,000 from the State Government. Non-profit social enterprises are being urged to apply.

Employment and Small Business Minister Di Farmer says applications for the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants will close at 5pm on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

“Eligible organisations should make sure to complete and submit their grant application, which can be for between $5,000 and $20,000,” Ms Farmer says.

“The Community Social Enterprise Development Grants are aimed at experienced operations that support disadvantaged jobseekers to increase their capability and capacity, whatever field they operate in.

“These grants can be spent on production or digital equipment, other resources or materials, website improvements, business support or marketing strategies.”

Ms Farmer says guidelines, FAQs and the application form for the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants are available online.

“Social enterprises deliver so many benefits to our communities and the economy, and that’s why we are delivering a range of grants and support to develop the sector,” she says.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Future Skills Fund is committing $8 million over two years, including $3 million for grants, through our Social Enterprise Jobs Fund.

“We are planning to launch information about the next grant program in July before opening the application window in August. Then we have two more great programs set to follow after that.

“These grants and the other work of the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund will build on the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy, which set building capability, making connections and improving market access as three focus areas to foster a strong, vibrant and growing sector.”

Don’t miss out

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery is urging local community groups to get in quick.

“Our region is punching well above its weight in infrastructure grants, but our NGOs are underrepresented in both state and federal funding rounds for community groups,” he says.

“These grants would be invaluable to our social fabric by supporting young people, Indigenous people, migrants or people living with disabilities or even women re-entering the workforce.

“When Council rolled out our $37 million COVID stimulus package last year, I said I didn’t want anyone to slip through the cracks and these grants are specifically available for groups that might need some extra support right now.

“So please get in and apply now, you might score a cash windfall on the other side of this three-day lockdown.”

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