Financial support for disaster-hit community groups

Queensland clubs and community groups needing financial support after a natural disaster can apply for funding from the RACQ Foundation.

RACQ Foundation Lead Bridgette Muller said the first round of grant applications for 2023 would close on 6 February.

“The available grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, however funding up to $100,000 can be considered in exceptional circumstances,” Ms Muller said.

“This money is available to sporting clubs, community organisations and charities at the heart of our Queensland communities. It’s because of our members, we’re able to make a difference ”

In 2022, the RACQ Foundation approved 109 grants worth more than $3.1 million, with the bulk of that going to clubs and organisations in south east Queensland affected by flooding early in the year.

“RACQ Foundation approved grants to 82 beneficiaries worth more than $2.4 million specifically in response to the south east Queensland floods,” Ms Muller said.

“Many of the clubs and organisations we support are led by volunteers who themselves have been impacted by natural disasters.”

Sandgate Golf Club Treasurer Simon Andersen said the club received an almost $14,000 grant for flood mitigation works following the February disaster.

“Through this generous funding, we’ve been able to buy a sump pump, drainage materials and contract experts to upgrade the drainage systems in place at our golf course,” Mr Andersen said.

“We’re now planning to rebuild and renovate our clubhouse and are confident these mitigation works will make us much more resilient to future flooding. We’ve already had heavy rain and the resulting surface water cleared off the course in record time.

“We’re so thankful for the support RACQ Foundation has not only given our club, but many other community projects.”