Hurting community groups can apply for help

Community groups struggling to rebuild after this year’s natural disasters have been encouraged to apply for RACQ Foundation funding and receive a helping hand.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Renee Smith said it had been a tough year for many Queensland community organisations, with the State being hit by both drought and flooding.

“In Queensland, we live in a State of extremes, and there are few times that has been more evident than in 2017,” Ms Smith said.

“In the west, we have entire towns trying to get by after years without rain and a steady income, while communities in the east are still grappling with the aftermath of Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which hit less than six months ago.”

Ms Smith said it was important Queensland community groups knew there was help available.

“Community organisations are the lifeblood of so many Queensland towns and cities,” she said.

“From providing valuable services, to offering a place for individuals to take a break from their own struggles, these groups play a vital role in helping to boost morale.”

Organisations could apply for funding of up to $50,000 and up to $200,000 in exceptional circumstances, with the current round of RACQ Foundation funding closing on 13 September.

RACQ Foundation has given more than $7 million to more than 160 community groups since its inception following the 2011 floods.

An application form could be filled out online.