COVID-affected community groups given a hand up

As community groups across Queensland struggled to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, RACQ Foundation has announced organisations doing it tough could now apply for grants of up to $20,000.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Renee Smith said while funding had historically only been issued to community groups impacted by natural disasters, the COVID-19 crisis had seen RACQ Foundation make a special exemption.

“It’s been truly devastating to see the impact COVID-19 has had on communities and charities across our State,” Ms Smith said. 

“So, we’re really pleased to be able to extend our eligibility to community organisations or charities that are either assisting in the recovery process or whose operations have been significantly impacted by this pandemic. Eligible groups can now apply for up to $20,000 in funding, which we're hoping will help them and their communities recover.

“Whether you’re a local community group that has lost other forms of sponsorship, advertising revenue or patronage due to COVID-19, or an organisation involved in reconnecting older Queenslanders with their community, we encourage you to apply.”  

Ms Smith said the RACQ Foundation Board had already approved nearly $80,000 in funding to several charities involved in recovery efforts.

“We’ve provided immediate funding to charities helping Queenslanders stay on their feet during this crisis and are now opening this process to all Queensland-based community organisations or charities,” she said.

“We want to make sure no vulnerable Queenslander is left behind as a result of a community service shutting down. 

“Whether it’s a cyclone, drought or a pandemic – we’re here to help you and your community get back on your feet.” 

For more information and to apply for funding, visit RACQ Foundation’s website