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Lord Mayor hands down over $21,000 in grants

09 July, 2013

Lord Mayor hands down over $21,000 in grants

West side residents will share in more than $21,000 in funding announced by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today as part of his plan to make Brisbane a more accessible and inclusive city.

Cr Quirk said three community groups would receive the funding from two grant categories; Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program, and Community Development and Capacity Building Grants Program.

“Better access and inclusion will benefit all Brisbane residents and visitors by making Brisbane a socially cohesive and connected city that has something for everyone,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane is a city where people work together and reach out to help those in need in local neighbourhoods and in the broader community. These grants are about fostering this sense of community identity and bolstering the connections within it.

“This is why we have strategically allocated funds that will support community organisations and initiatives that help respond to access and inclusion challenges such as housing, employment, education and training at a local community level.”

The Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program 2012/13 grants provide support for one-off community projects such as employment and training that help break down barriers to community services and facilities such as sport, recreation, cultural and social activities.

The Community Development and Capacity Building Grants Program 2012-2013 aims to encourage projects that respond to emerging local and city-wide community issues such as cultural and language diversity and empowered people to address them.

The Shed West Community Men’s Shed Inc. will receive $4,980 to purchase an accessible sit down wood turning lathe. The wood turning lathe will increase participation of people with disability in Men’s Shed activities.

Moorooka based organisation, Deaf Services Queensland will receive $6,646.50 for the delivery of a deaf festival in Toowong to celebrate all things deaf – art, culture and connecting with others. It is anticipated that 1,000 people will participate in the event.

The Grey Clouds Blue Skies Group in Indooroopilly will receive a grant of $9,900 to deliver workshops and learning circles to assist parents to learn parenting skills.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.

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