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Council grants support community groups

Council grants support community groups
The Monduran Aero Club was awarded $1,000 through the Micro grants program in 2023, to help the club in facilitating the Australian Comanche Club's annual general meeting. Photos: contributed.

Local community groups and organisations, which make positive contributions to the quality of life in the region, may be eligible to apply for funding through the Bundaberg Regional Council’s grants and financial assistance programs.

Round three of the Community Services program is now open until 23 February, providing up to $5,000 in assistance.

The Micro Grants Program offers up to $1,000 in financial assistance for eligible projects and events.

Micro Grant applications are open for 12 rounds per year, starting at the beginning of every month and closing on the last Friday.

Monduran Aero Club awarded Micro Grant funding

The Monduran Aero Club’s facilities have been the unofficial airfield for Gin Gin and Kolan since 1929 and now serves the north-western area of the Bundaberg Region.

With the automatic night land lights and a self-service avgas facility, the airfield can be used during day or night for emergencies.

The Monduran Aero Club has over 100 members from Queensland and northern New South Wales and holds a social day once a month featuring flying activities, morning tea and lunch.

These events give members the opportunity to network with other like-minded flying enthusiasts.

In March 2023, the Monduran Aero Club hosted the annual general meeting for the Victorian based Australian Comanche Club.

Through the Micro Grants Program the Monduran Aero Club was awarded $1,000 to enable the hire of marquees, extra tables and chairs to accommodate this large event. Provisions for morning tea and lunch were also purchased through the funding.

Monduran Aero Club spokesperson Eileen Betts the said the club felt the event resulted in many benefits for the local and Bundaberg community.

“The Victorian members very much enjoyed the delights of the Bundaberg Region,” Eileen said.

“Our Victorian members flew to Bundaberg on the Friday.

“They were accommodated in motels in Bundaberg on the Friday and Saturday nights.

“On Saturday they spent the day sampling the delights of the Bundaberg Region.

“In all, the barbecue gathering was a great day, with plenty of ‘tall’ aeroplane stories and discussions and information gathering.”

Community grants workshops

Community grants workshops can help local not-for-profit community groups or organisations learn more about the Council’s Community Grants program and what is available.

The Bundaberg Regional Council Community Development Unit will be conducting free grants consultations during 5 to 9 February.

Community development can cover anything from working out what you can apply for, how to navigate the Smarty Grants portal, how to write the grant to effectively align to strategies and community benefit, to discussing budgets or simply going over your draft application.

More information about the community grants workshops can be found here.

Read more about the Bundaberg Regional Council’s Grants and financial assistance programs here.