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Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has opened applications for the new Coronavirus Community Support Micro Grants program that forms part of the $10.5 million Coronavirus relief package endorsed by Council this week.

TRC Finance and Business Strategy Chair, Cr Geoff McDonald said Council this week approved a $10.5 million economic relief package as the first stage of community support through this challenging time.

“The Economic Relief package includes the Coronavirus Community Support Micro Grants that complement State and Federal Government relief packages, filling a gap for groups that aren’t already receiving assistance,” Cr McDonald said.

TRC Environment and Community Chair Cr James O’Shea said the new Micro Grants program would provide grants of up to $499 for eligible organisations.

“Community groups, including sporting organisations, have until close of business, Friday 15 May to apply for grants of up to $499 for a range of equipment, upgrades and education opportunities through the program,” Cr O’Shea said.

“Applications will be assessed within a week of the closing date, with successful recipients starting to receive funding agreement forms by the end of May.

“Council’s Community Development Officers will be able to assist groups in putting together an application.

“Due to the tight timelines for this special grant round, we will be only accepting emailed application forms.

“The Coronavirus Micro Grants program criteria allows eligible groups to apply for the following:

Sporting equipment
Online training and professional development
Resources and promotion (physical and online)
Equipment, repairs and upgrades
Communication tools for community groups (e.g. website, Facebook, email, communication platforms, booking platforms)
PPE and blue cards for volunteers.
“Eligible organisations can access the Micro-Grant Program application form through a local Community Development Officer, or download at www.tr.qld.gov.au/microgrants

“The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our community and added a new set of challenges for groups trying to adapt to a new normal.”

For more information about the Coronavirus Micro Grants, please contact Council on 131 872 or email info@tr.qld.gov.au quoting ‘Coronavirus Community Support Micro Grants’.