Council’s COVID-19 Community Grants fill the Fundraising Void

Twenty-five community groups from across the Scenic Rim will share in $168,600 from Council’s COVID-19 community stimulus funding, with more groups given an opportunity to apply in Round 2 of COVID-19 Community Grants – opening today.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said providing practical and timely financial relief to grassroots community groups and welfare organisations, that rely heavily on volunteers and donations, is part of Council’s broader strategy to support the region’s recovery through economic stimulus.

“The pandemic has impacted many community organisations’ ability to raise much needed funds, so by assisting with fixed costs like insurance, rates or utilities, Council is supporting a range of sporting, cultural and outreach activities to continue,” Cr Christensen said.

“These groups are the backbone of our towns and villages, and their volunteers continually go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.

“Through its third economic stimulus package, Council allocated $250,000 specifically for community organisations that had been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Not only were we able to endorse the allocation of funds to all 17 eligible community groups that applied to the COVID-19 Community Grants, we have also been able to allocate funds to eight community groups who narrowly missed out in Council’s last Community Grants (Major) program.

“A rigorous selection process is always undertaken by Council’s grant assessment panel and all submitted applications are scored against the same criteria.  

“The allocated community stimulus funds have not been exhausted and I strongly recommend that those community organisations that haven’t applied yet should put an application in for Round 2 of the one-off COVID-19 Community Grants, opening on 10 November,” he said. 

Until 10 December, community organisations can apply via Council’s SmartyGrants portal for up to a maximum of $1,500 in funding to offset some of the financial loss and hardship experienced due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

Grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Community Grant Program is available on Council’s website at

Further background on Council’s third economic stimulus package is available here

The following projects were successful in COVID-19 Community Grant Program – Round 1: 

Community Group Project Amount
Rathdowney Memorial Grounds AssociationInsurance and Cleaning costs$1,500.00
Canungra School of ArtsInsurance, Rates and Utility costs$1,500.00
Tamrookum Memorial HallInsurance costs$1,500.00
Tamborine Mountain Cricket ClubField Maintenance$1,500.00
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (NSAA) Beaudesert & District BranchOffice and Postage supplies$905.00
QCWA Beechmountain BranchInsurance costs$1,330.00
Beaudesert Bowls ClubInsurance and Utility costs$1,500.00
Kooralbyn Mountain Bike ClubTrack Maintenance$1,500.00
Southside Western Performance ClubInsurance costs$1,290.00
Rotary Club of BeaudesertEquipment for online meetings$1,500.00
Moogerah Passion Play AssociationInsurance costs$1,450.00
Tamborine Mountain Scout GroupInsurance costs$1,436.64
Scenic Rim BroadcastingOperating expenses$1,500.00
Broken Paddle Canoe ClubEquipment and Hire fees$1,500.00
Historical Society of BeaudesertPhone and Eftpos costs$1,290.00
Beaudesert and District Meals on WheelsHire fees$1,375.00
Fassifern Horse and Pony ClubInsurance and Operating expenses$1,500.00
Total funding allocated  $24,076.64

The following projects (from the oversubscribed Major Grants under the Community Grants Program 2021-2022 Round 1) have been allocated funds in COVID-19 Community Grant Program – Round 1: 

Community Group Project Amount
Beaudesert and District Netball AssociationCrossover and Concrete Entrance Driveway$17,250.00
Beaudesert Little AthleticsAthletics Facility – Shotput, Discus and Long Jump$19,999.90
Canungra Area Golf ClubCart Path Restoration Project$14,519.71
Kalbar School of Arts and Memorial HallImprovements to Kalbar School of Arts Memorial Hall$19,888.00
Moogerah Passion Play AssociationReplace floor of Community Room and Install Cables for Lighting$16,892.00
Moriarty Park CommitteeMoriarty Park Fencing Project$16,000.00
Tamrookum Memorial HallNorthern Wall Restoration$19,986.00
Wongaburra SocietyMen’s Shed Rejuvenation Project$20,000.00
Total funding allocated  $144,535.61