Hardship grants extended for groups affected by COVID-19

Published: 03 Aug 2021

The COVID-19 hardship grant for not-for-profit sporting and community groups has been extended.

Council allocated $250,000 in funding as part of the 2021-2022 budget, with sporting and community groups able to apply for up to $2000 to assist with the impact of COVID-19.

Applications have been extended and close at midnight on Tuesday, August 31.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the application process was simple, with approvals delegated to the CEO.

“Funding is available to any not-for-profit group in the region that has lost revenue due to the impacts of COVID-19 or incurred extra expenses to make their day-to-day operations COVID Safe,” he said.

“Applicants just need to show hardship by providing copies of their treasurer’s reports for the last two financial years.

“The grants can be used to cover operational expenses or to support initiatives that will ensure the ongoing viability of organisations into the future.

“This could include paying insurance or other bills, funding activities like training volunteers to increase efficiencies, implementing new fundraising measures and even purchasing things like solar panels that help to reduce future running costs.”

To be eligible groups must:
> Be located within and servicing the Mackay Regional Council community
> Be an incorporated association or company with not-for-profit status
> Have a valid public liability certificate.

Apply for the COVID-19 hardship grant at mackay.smartygrants.com.au/COV2021.

For further information contact Team Leader Community Programs, Leah Chambers, on 4961 9531 or email leah.chambers@mackay.qld.gov.au.