Thousands of community club members will benefit from more than $1 million in funding under the latest round of the Lord Mayor’s Better Suburbs Grants.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said eight community organisations will now embark on a range of improvement projects after being awarded grants of up to $200,000.
“Our sporting clubs and community groups play a vital role in our community,” Cr Schrinner said. “They help keep people of all ages fit and active as well as engaged in their local area.
“These clubs are run by dedicated teams of volunteers, often on very tight budgets.
“The Lord Mayor’s Better Suburbs Grants helps these groups out by providing significant grants that allow clubs to improve, develop and maintain their facilities as well as grants to back projects that respond to community needs and build capacity.”
The eight recipients under the latest round of the Community Facility Category of the program include a bowls club, pony club, hockey centre and a community hall.
Projects include kitchen and bathroom renovations, replacement artificial turf, new lighting and a retractable shade cover.
“These grants will help these clubs improve their facilities and attract more participants which is a great result for local communities,” Cr Schrinner said.
“It is often forgotten that our community groups have also done it tough during the pandemic with their ability to operate normally repeatedly interrupted by restrictions and lockdowns.
“So these grants will help them recover and rebuild.”
Recipients include Everton Park Bowls and Community Club which will receive $180,000.
“Everton Park Bowls Club will be able to install a retractable shade cover over their synthetic green which will be a great addition for members and visitors,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Other grant recipients include Bulimba Community Centre Upgrade, which will use a $153,774.50 grant to enhance the accessibility of their venue.
“Algester Sports Club will also undertake a $200,000 kitchen renovation while an upgrade at Wavell Heights Community Hall will create more employment opportunities for young people.”
Cr Schrinner encouraged community clubs across Brisbane looking to undertake improvements to apply, saying round two of the grant program is now open.
“Every dollar we invest in our much-loved sports clubs and community clubs is invaluable because it helps residents connect with each other and through sport,” he said.
Applications for Round Two of the Lord Mayor’s Better Suburbs Grants are open until 28 March 2022.
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