Over 50 locals from community groups and organisations across Bonner attended a community grants information session hosted by Member for Bonner Ross Vasta on Tuesday.

He was joined by State Member for Chatsworth Steve Minnikin and Councillor for MacGregor Ward Steven Huang.

“It was great to have representatives from each level of government here tonight to talk to people about funding they can apply for. These grants can help cover the costs of vital projects that benefit our community,” Mr Vasta said.

Federal grants rounds that are currently open to Bonner groups include:

Stronger Communities Round 4EOIs open until 3rd September;

Community Sport Infrastructure Grants – open until 14th September;

Volunteer Grants 2018 – open until 18th September;

Safer Communities Fund Round 3 – open until 25th September.

Lisa Nardone from GrantsPlus Consulting also shared advice on putting together winning grants submissions.

“Rule 1: read the guidelines. Rule 2: follow the guidelines. Rule 3: remember rules 1 and 2!” Mrs Nardone said.

Mark Warwick from Mt Gravatt Vultures Junior AFL Club said the information session had been a great opportunity to hear from the three levels of government about the wonderful grant opportunities that are currently available.

“It was a great set-up tonight. I also appreciated being able to speak to Ross and other government representatives afterward, and also Lisa the grants specialist,” Mr Warwick said.

Saranga De Alwis from Iona College said it was important, especially for not-for-profit organisations, to learn what financial support is available to them.

“The funding that’s on offer will help get important projects off the ground. These grants can help organisations plan ahead and ensure necessary funding is available to complete these projects,” Mr De Alwis said.

Local organisations with further questions about Federal, State or Council grants are invited to contact the office of the relevant government representative.