A huge line-up of community projects will come to fruition with over 60 groups across the region to share in more than $430,000 of funding from Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC).

Council endorsed the second round of its Community Grants Funding program for the 2020-21 financial year at its April Ordinary Meeting.

Environment and Community Services Committee Chair Cr James O’Shea said the grants will fund community projects across the region supporting opportunity for growth and development.

“The Community Grants Funding program is open to the community two times a year and provides assistance to community organisations throughout the Toowoomba Region,” Cr O’Shea said.

“Council is always working to enrich and enhance our region by providing funding for groups to complete upgrades or deliver new programs across areas such as sport and recreation, culture and the arts, the environment and events.

“In total $430,057 was approved in round two across six programs, which will be a huge support to those hard-working community groups which were successful in securing a grant and more importantly, will help sustain our smaller towns and villages.

“The Community Grant Funding program has helped a number of groups over the years and with COVID-19 having an impact on everyone right now, it’s pleasing we’re able to provide funding assistance.

“I am looking forward to seeing the projects and works delivered by our community groups as a result of the latest round of grants.”

Successful grants, which were either partially or fully approved, under round two of the program for 2020-21 include:

Community Support
• Clifton Megafauna Group—Clifton megafauna mural.
• Darling Downs Historical Rail Society—purchase of a P.A system.
• Felton Hall Association—purchase of audio-visual equipment.
• HumeRidge Church of Christ—laptops for the ‘Homework Help’ program.
• Koala, Land and Wildlife support—funds for the ‘Vehicle Safety’ and Power-up’ projects.
• Rosie’s Youth Mission—purchase of an awning for the barbecue trailer.
• Soroptimist International Toowoomba—Survivor's Path emergency packs of clothing and toiletries for victims of domestic violence.
• Tony’s Community—purchase an additional food storage freezer.
• Toowoomba Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sporting Community Association—upgrade power at Jack Martin Centre.
• Toowoomba Homeless Outreach—purchase of new fridge and car maintenance.
• Friends of the Escarpment Parks Toowoomba— ‘Plants of Charles and Montee Rogers Bushland Reserve’ project.
• Pittsworth District Alliance—establish a first aid and volunteer post for shared meeting centre
• The Queensland Country Women’s Association Kingsthorpe Branch—painting and building repairs.
• Toowoomba Choral Society—website rebuild project.
• Wood Art Guild—purchase of shipping container for storage.
• Yarraman Memorial Hall Society—purchase of equipment for community meeting rooms.

Temporary Covid Pandemic Recovery Community Economic Development
• Clifton Bowls Club—replacement of kitchen stove.
• Clifton Chamber of Commerce—promotion of 'Destination and Clifton Businesses', three months of digital marketing for seasonal campaign.
• Clifton Chamber of Commerce—delivery of Business Development Program.
• Crow’s Nest District Tourist and Progress Association—delivery of Crows Nest ‘Why Leave Town Card' project.
• Oakey Chamber of Commerce—delivery of Oakey ‘Buy Local’ campaign.
• Pittsworth District Alliance—creation and distribution of ‘Investment and Liveability Prospectus'.
• Toowoomba Christian Broadcasters Association— ‘Recovery Business Spotlight’ project.

Cultural and Arts support
• Arts Council Toowoomba—upgrade the Arts Council Toowoomba website.
• Kreation Music— ‘Christmas Together’ CD project, community music ensemble collaboration.
• Pittsworth Art Grou¬p—portraiture in oils painting workshop.
• Rob Darvell— ‘The Knowing of Mary Poppins': staging a play about the life of P.L. Travers.

Environment
• Clifton Landcare Group— ‘Enabling environmental benefits using dung beetles' project.
• Crows Nest Community Solutions— ‘Dingo Mountain Parklands’ project.
• Emu Creek Catchment Landcare Group—Emu Creek Catchment roadside spraying.
• Friends of the Escarpment Parks Toowoomba—native plants workshop.
• Friends of the Escarpment Parks Toowoomba— ‘Restoring Escarpment Bushland Parks’ project.
• Rosalie North Landcare Group— ‘Cat's Claw Creeper Eradication in Cooyar Creek' project.

Event Support
• Alternative Technology Association (Renew Australia) — ‘Toowoomba Electric Vehicle and E-bike Expo'.
• Crows Nest Community Arts and Crafts— ‘InStudio Art Trail 2021’.
• Darling Downs Rose Society— ‘Darling Downs Rose Society Autumn Rose Show'.
• Greenmount Returned Soldiers Memorial Hall— ‘Greenmount Country Dance'.
• Leafmore Garden Society— ‘Leafmore Winter Garden School'.
• Lions Club of Cecil Plains — ‘Lap the Map and Colour Fun Run'.
• Lions Club of Highfields North Eastern Downs— ‘Show and Shine' family event.
• Maclagan Windermere Kindergarten— ‘Community and Family Outdoor Movie Night'.
• National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Toowoomba Branch— ‘Great Houses of Toowoomba' tour.
• Queensland’s State Rose Garden in Newtown Park Toowoomba—21st year celebration.
• Toowoomba Bonsai Group— ‘Bonsai Exhibition'.
• Toowoomba Lapidary Club—40th Toowoomba Gemfest.
• Youth With a Mission Toowoomba— ‘Toowoomba Busking Festival'

Sport and Recreation
• Biddeston Primary P&C Association—construction of a new multi-purpose court.
• Clifton Golf Club—improve trafficways between tees and greens in high use areas.
• Crows Nest and District Pony Club—purchase of new eventing jumps.
• Darling Downs Off-Road Racing—purchase remote control car track.
• Highfields and Districts Railway Cricket Club—install storage shed.
• Oakey Golf Club—club house upgrade.
• Oakey Junior Cricket Club—new lighting for cricket nets.
• Pittsworth Golf Club—upgrade flooring.
• Pittsworth Tennis Club—upgrade tennis court lighting.
• Range Tennis Club - install LED lighting to all four tennis courts.
• Toowoomba Bowls Club—mobile soaker hoses.
• Toowoomba Metropolitan East Cricket Club—cricket net upgrade.
• Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club—mountain bike trail extension and re-alignment.
• Toowoomba Polocrosse Club—purchase spray equipment to enable the maintenance of polocrosse fields.
• Toowoomba Rangers Rugby Union Club—purchase line marking machine.
• Toowoomba Softball Association—repair and replace fencing.
• Toowoomba Touch Association—upgrade amenities block.
• West Toowoomba Croquet Club—purchase of ride-on mower for green maintenance.
• West Wanderers Football Club—perimeter fencing.

For more information about Council’s grants and funding programs visit tr.qld.gov.au or contact Toowoomba Regional Council on 131 872.