Mackay region not-for-profits to get $1.2 million

From today (Thursday, June 25), not-for-profits in our region that have been impacted by COVID-19 can reach out for financial assistance from council.

In its 2020-2021 budget, adopted yesterday, council approved a $1.2 million special COVID-19 grants package for not-for-profit sporting and community groups.

This is on top of an ongoing $500,000 Community Grants program.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the grants would provide additional income to those clubs struggling because of these unprecedented times.

“Groups and clubs, from today, can apply for up to $5000 to help with the impacts the pandemic and associated restrictions have had on their finances,” Cr Williamson said.

“Not-for-profits, whether charitable, creative, sporting, educational or environmental, are at the foundation of what makes Mackay such a liveable region,” he said.

“And right now, a lot of them need our help – they’ve lost volunteers, they’ve lost revenue from cancelled events and they’ve had to incur expenses to make their day-to-day operations COVID-safe.”

Grant are open now via mackay.smartygrants.com.au/CRAG and close on July 10.

Funding is available across three categories based on the turnover of the organisation and the level of impact from the pandemic to the values of up to $1000, up to $2000 and up to $5000.

Conditions apply, head to mackay.qld.gov.au/community/grants for details.