For 14 years Bundaberg Bowls Club’s Alan Edgerton has been helping to secure funding to benefit the not-for-profit organisation by writing community grants applications.
During this time Alan said the local club had purchased equipment and upgraded infrastructure because of attending Bundaberg Regional Council’s grant writing workshops to learn how to write a successful community grant.
“A number of grant allocations received have been the result of the Bundaberg Regional Council Community Services Grants, made available to not-for-profit clubs and organisations such as ours and without which we, and many others, would struggle to continue viable operations,” he said.
“The Bundaberg Regional Council Community Service Grants, and other State and Federal Government Grants, are essential for financing our club to continue as a viable, well equipped and affordable venue for our bowlers and the Bundaberg community.”
Alan said without support from bowlers, the Bundaberg community and successful grants it would be difficult to sustain the club.
“The Bundaberg Bowls Club is a ‘stand-alone' bowls club, which does not have an overarching sporting body, gaming machines or restaurants, etc, as additional sources of revenue and support,” he said.
“We rely on our members and associates, sponsors, successful grants and the hiring of our complete premises to the Bundaberg community for our sustainability and continuance as a bowls club and as a social hub for a wide range of bowls-sports and community events.”
The Bundaberg Regional Council Community Services Grant provided $3000 to the Bundaberg Bowls Club, to purchase and install kitchen equipment.
“Stoves have provided an essential and reliable service to our community's needs for events catering, food cooking and food warming for a wide assortment of functions over many years,” Alan said.
“But in recent times, (the stoves had) proven unreliable and inefficient and we had been advised both stoves have reached the end of their serviceable life and should be replaced as soon as possible.
“To this end, our BOM (board of management) committee determined the need for replacement and sought the finance to do so.
“Bundaberg Regional Council timely announced the availability of a ‘community service grant' which would, if our club's submission was successful, finance this supply and install project.
“As a result, and in due course, the Bundaberg Bowls Club's submission was announced as successful permitting the ‘hoped for' to become the ‘reality' and two new stoves were purchased accordingly.”
To find out more about Council’s community grants click here.
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