A number of Brisbane City Council Grants Programs are now open and waiting for you.

It’s an exciting time of year for community groups, schools and not-for-profits right across the city, with a number of Brisbane City Council Grants Programs now open.

Often our schools and community groups aren’t able to raise the funds they need to undertake important upgrades to their facilities, or run community programs. Council provides financial assistance to help make these opportunities possible.

Council’s grant programs are about making Brisbane more accessible and inclusive by giving a hand-up to organisations, giving them the resources they need to continue their good working in our suburbs.

Council provides grants to promote creativity and the arts, encourage historical, cultural and physical events and activities, take care of sick or injured native wildlife and help others in their community.

I have seen first-hand the positive impact that our local organisations make to the lives of the most vulnerable in our community, whether that is for those with a disability, seniors, kids or our native wildlife.

Council’s Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program helps organisations make structural upgrades to their facilities so they are mobility accessible.  This could include anything from constructing a wheelchair ramp, through to installing signage for the visually impaired. Last year, 18 organisations across Brisbane benefitted from this funding and another 15 non-profit organisations benefitted from Council’s Community Development and Capacity Building Grants Program.

There is also funding on offer to help upgrade school and community sports facilities or establish new community sporting development programs.  Last year, Council funded upgrades to a number of sporting facilities and helped new sports programs get off the ground.

Organisations are also supported to achieve greater sustainability or to rehabilitate sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife.  A number of grants are now open for conservation and sustainability activities in Brisbane.

Council is committed to making Brisbane a cleaner and greener place to live and part of this is supporting new and existing community gardens, which promotes healthy living and a vibrant city.

There are so many opportunities on offer with Council’s 2015/16 grant program and I encourage all community groups to consider whether they might benefit from one of these grants to further their work in Brisbane.

More information about all of the grants on offer is on Council’s website at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community/grants-awards.

Make sure you get your application in now so you don’t miss out.