As the poor sap who somehow got put in charge of getting grants I thought I’d let everyone know where we stand at the moment.
- We’ve received a small grant from the Australian Sports Foundation thanks to the tax deductible donations a few of us made.
- We have put in a grant application to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for materials needed to repair bridges throughout Parklands.
- We have applied for the major Sunshine Coast Council Grant which will give us the co-contribution for the larger $100k Sport and Recreation grant which will be used to upgrade and repair the existing Parklands network (we did want to get it for new trails in Ferny Forest and Boneyards but QPWS weren’t ready to proceed there yet and they’ve asked that we focus on maintenance and repair and not new trails).
- Recently the Council funded basic riding coaching clinics and memberships for new female riders. These classes were conducted by Bushrangers and CORCA.
We have successfully acquitted all the grants we received so far from the Community Benefits Fund, Council and the smaller Sport and Recreation grant. Ben is just wrapping up the big Sport and Recreation grant that was used to build the new trails in Parklands last year.
This money was used to purchase signage, timing equipment, more tools, timber and rocks as well as pay Trailworx to do their thing. These grants also allowed us to fund a lot of training in coaching, bike mechanics and riding skills for last year and to continue offering more this year.
Do you know a Sponsor?
Grant money is great but we can’t rely on it and there are many other worthwhile activities that need it just as much as we do. Our membership fees are small and don’t provide much revenue. So we are always on the lookout for other ways to raise money to pay for things like training, trail work and events.
So if you know of someone that could provide some sort of sponsorship then get them to contact us at [email protected] and we can see how we can help each other.
Michael “Rookie Ride Record Holder” Johns