We’re here to help Qld community groups recover

RACQ Foundation has reminded community organisations to apply for natural disaster relief funding, with the latest round of applications closing next week.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Renee Smith said many Queensland organisations continued to clean-up after Cyclone Debbie ripped through much of the State less than three months ago.

“Community groups across Queensland have had a tough start to 2017 with the cyclone devastating many regions and consequently causing widespread flood damage throughout the State,” Ms Smith said.

“In addition to those impacted by Debbie, there are community organisations hurting in drought-affected areas. They represent the many people trying to keep their heads above water.”

Ms Smith said RACQ Foundation wanted to assist community organisations affected by natural disasters, that played a vital role in keeping Queensland towns and cities alive in times of adversity.

“Community groups help deliver critical services and boost spirits in rural towns during tough times and that is why we want to encourage them to apply for RACQ Foundation funding,” she said.

Ms Smith said the current RACQ Foundation funding round would close on 13 June.

“Through this round of funding, organisations can apply for up to $50,000, and up to $200,000 in exceptional circumstances,” she said.

“This can go a long way to giving communities the lift they need in times of natural disaster and drought.”

More than 160 community groups have been given more than $7.2 million in funding since the RACQ Foundation was established following the 2011 floods.

Application forms can be downloaded on the RACQ website.