Community Small Grants Community Small Grants

Community Small Grants Program 2017/2018
 
Round One - NOW EXTENDED 
Applications Open: 9am, Monday 3 July 2017
Applications Close: 5pm, Friday 29 September 2017
Assessment: 2 October to 31 October 2017
Notification to Applicants: 3 November 2017
 
Round Two
Applications Open: 9am, 22 January 2018
Applications Close: 5pm, 5 March 2018
Assessment: 6 March to 19 April 2018
Notication to Applicants: 26 April 2018
 

Does your club or community organisation need a new mower or an important piece of equipment however don’t have access to quite enough funds?  

Is your Club house or home ground in desperate need of improvements? 

Community Small Grants Program might be the solution.  

The objectives of the Flinders Shire Council’s Community Small Grants Program, is to provide assistance to local community groups/organisations to encourage and assist them in the development and upgrading of existing facilities and access funding for the purchase of equipment that is integral to the operations, sustainability and growth of the group/organisation.  

Only one application will be accepted from each group/organisation on their own behalf per funding round.  The level of assistance available is limited by Council’s budget decision and its priorities.  No applicant can be guaranteed funding nor can any applicant be guaranteed to receive the full amount requested. 

Funding would normally be on a one-off, one-to-one basis and Council may give priority to applications that identify works or activities of an urgent nature or those of regional significance.

Funding will generally be up to the amount of $5,000 but may be approved to a maximum of $15,000 in exceptional circumstances.

For further information and assistance, including advice on eligibility and application forms, please contact Community Development Officer, Flinders Shire Council via p: 4741 2900 or e: cdo@flinders.qld.gov.au.  Further information can also be found at www.flinders.qld.gov.au. 

NOTE - Grants from Council are on a dollar for dollar basis up to a maximum of $15,000. You need to show evidence of a local contribution equal to the amount you are requesting from Council.  Volunteer staff can be costed at $20 per hour for non skilled labour and at relevant rates for professional services.

It is highly recommended that you arrange an appointment with the Community Development Officer prior to submission of your application to ensure eligibility requirements are meet.  

Downloadable Forms:

Past Successful Applicants: 

2016 / 2017

2015 / 2016

2014 / 2015

2016 / 2017

Round One 

Stamford Sports Club Inc. - Garden Maintenance Program - $3198.00

Funding was sought to assist the club purchase vital equipment including a lawn mower and whipper snipper for an ongoing garden maintenance program in Stamford.  The need for streamlined garden maintenance program had been idenified at a number of committee meetings and more recently at the Stamford Community and Council meeting held in October 2016.  All community groups in Stamford will benefit from this funding and the outcomes will leave a positive impression on travellers and reflect positively on the community.  

Lions Club of Hughenden - Fitting Out / Refurbishing of Van to be used as a mobile catering van - $7480.00

The Lions Club of Hughenden have obtained this grant to complete works on a van to make it registerable and it will be used as a catering van.  Mobile catering van will be used for various functions within the Flinders Shire boundariers, whether it be for Club activities ot for use at private functions.  The van will be made available to anyone or organisation who wishes to utilise it.  

Hughenden Country Music Association Inc - Purchase of Office Equipment - $974.35

The Hughenden Country Music Association Inc had previously not had any of the equipment required to run their festival and were relying on volunteers equipment.  The equipment is required to be used at the music festival to assist with printing of certificates and collating scores etc. and in general club office duties.  Committee members will benefit greatly from this purchase as well as the wider community by ensuring a smooth running of a very important community event.  

Round Two

St Thomas Anglican Church - Supply and Install Speaker System in Church - $2500.00

The grant will provide a reliable sound system in the church enabling everyone in the building to hear proceedings especially at community funeral when there are larger numbers of people present.  The system is currently old, outdated and unreliable; and does not cater to the back area to the assembled congregation.  All the members of the Flinders Shire community will benefit from this upgrade as a large number of the Flinders Shire funeral are conducted at this venue. 

Flinders River Roping Association Inc. - Upgrade of Community Area - $9500.00

This project will work on upgrading the community area so the arena can be utilised for more community events.  It is proposed that a shelter will be built with a concrete floor so spectators can have cover from weather.  This covered area will also be used as a canteen area.  Pool fencing will be erected around the community area, therefore fencing off spectators and competitors and animals and to assist in keepiong children from traffic.  

2015 / 2016

Round One 

Prairie Town Rural Fire Brigade - Prairie Fire Shed Fit Out - $3647.00

To purchase storage sleving for shed, levelling of site, water tank installation, purchase of office equipment and furniture.  The Prairie Community as well as outlaying areas will benefit from this project as well as the Hughenden Community as Prairie act of back up to this brigade.  

Hughenden Golf Club - Food Preparation Area - $3218.81

The Hughenden Golf Club where able to install a gas stove and 2 stainless steel mobile benches in the kitchen of their clubhouse, thanks to Community Small Grants.  The members of the Golf Club and people of the community will benefit from the upgrade to the Food Preparation Area because it is used by several organisations for fundraising for different charities.  

Hughenden Jockey Club - Shelter and Equipment Purchase - $14000.00

The Hughenden Jockey Club were successful in obtain a grant for the purchase of a shelter, chairs, tables and wheelie bins.  These additions to the Race Club facility will relieve pressure on volunteers with set up and pack up of equipment for the event.  The club also has interests in hosting dinners under the stars and cater for tour groups in the near future.  

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland - Vinnies Hughenden, Accessibility Modidications - $2905.00

This grant allowed Vinnies to install a new access ramp into the building.  This project has improved the accessibility to the Vinnies shop for the elderly volunteers as well as customers with a disability and the vulnerable and disadvantaged people the organisation supports within Hughenden and surrounding communties.  Accessibility improvements will alse encourage other community members to engage in voluntary work with their local community.  

Round Two 

Oakley Amateur Picnic Race Club Inc - Power Upgrade - $3600.00

The OAPRC Inc applied to upgrade the power supply outlets in the kitchen to 20 amp and 32 amp.  As their event increases in size, they had to rely on diesel generators to give more access for caterers and performers.  Many people within our community will benefit from these works such as OAPRC members, guests, family and the wider community associated with Kooroorinya Race Meet and other community events held at Kooroorinya.  

2014 / 2015

Hughenden Jockey Club - Stage 1 Administration and Amenities Block - $15 000

The Hughenden Jockey Club was able to race locally at the Hughenden Racecourse again in 2015 - without the facilities funded by the Community Small Grants Fund, the races would not go ahead.  For the community, it has built part of new facility and enhance a badly neglected grounds area for use by other clubs for functions and events as well as opening it up to public and private functions.

These race events have been around for over 130 years and if lost, would have been another major blow for our already struggling community.   The building of these new facilities at the Hughenden Racecourse will allow for more general community use and building better partnerships with the adjoining Flinders Hack and Pony Club and the Flinders Horse Sports who currently adjoin the racecourse grounds.  

The Hughenden Races were once a major event in the community bringing many genres of people together as a vibrant and healthy centre.  Regionally this club has the opportunity to build their event into a major regional experience bringing people from adjoining shires and further afield to enhance the local economy and promote the local area and region.  Building the event with marketing for tourism opportunities in the future will not only enhance the event itself but add to the economic growth within Hughenden and adjoining towns.

These facilities will also bring the club in-line with essential minimum venue and equipment standards required by Racing Queensland, without adhering to these standards the club will not only be able to race but will more than likely face losing the club and events.

These facilities will also be available for use when the Flinders Hack and Pony Club and the Flinders Horse Sports Club have gymkhanas, horse skill schools and general pony club events.  With the availability of new showers and toilets it will allow for camping opportunities to also build all of our events.  

       

Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre - Outdoor Area Upgrade, Installation of New Turf - $3000

The Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre is a non for profit service. The centre is community based and offers an Approved government kindergarten program two days a week and 5 days of quality child care for families 48 weeks a year. At present the services employs 8 staff.  The Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre is standalone service which receives no financial support from local council.  This is rare, with many other remote area Centres relying heavily on Council support to operate.  We are supported by limited federal government funding and fees paid by parents.  The Centre supports the community by setting fees at an affordable rate and providing qualified educators to support young children and their families who live and work in the community. 

Upgrading to new natural and artificial grass, has allowed the children to engage in quality experiences in their natural environment and be able to experience physical play in a safe and secure area. The childcare centre engages children in physical activities for good health and the skills they learn will benefit them into the future.  This new outdoor environment has become more inclusive, promotes competence, allows independent exploration and learning through play and children gain an understanding of becoming sustainable and developing links with the local community.  This project will also support the Centre’s future sustainability plans.

Children will benefit from this upgrade by being able to play in a safer environment, without having to worry about the sand on the footpath and prickles in the grassed area of the outdoor play area. Our daily program allows for children to have long physical activities outdoors as this an important part of the life style we experience living in Hughenden. This upgrade will allow more regular access to the outdoor environment for all ages and will incorporate more natural features for children to explore this environment.

       

Queensland Country Women's Association (Hughenden Branch) - Painting the Exterior of Building - $5400.00

The outside of the Q.C.W.A. building was repainted to preserve the structure for the benefit of the Hughenden Branch as well as meeting groups and those who use the Q.C.W.A. accommodation facilties.  This group has a strong emphasis on friendship and as a local fundraiser for charities.