1 May, 2021
New round of grants to rejuvenate Clifton
Clifton Golf Club and Clifton Bowls Club are among many local organisations to receive funding from the Toowoomba Regional Council in the latest round of Community Grants Program funding.
The March 2020/21 Round 2 funds amounted to $563,212.01 being spent by the council, distributed among 59 separate applicants. A further 23 applications did not receive any funding.
The funds cover a variety of projects including sport and recreation, event support, environment and community support.
The Clifton Golf Club received $23,571 of funding from the council, which will go towards improving the traffic ways between tees and greens in high use areas.
Bill Bailey, treasurer of the club, said that grants like these help small clubs like his a lot.
“It would be impossible to operate without them,” he said.
Mr. Bailey said the club is waiting for a quote before work will begin.
Clifton Bowls Club applied a grant of $5,000 to replace the kitchen stove, and received $2,380.
Glynn Knights, the vice president and treasurer of the club, said the money should be enough for a new commercial stove. The club currently uses two outdated regular stoves. “A larger, commercial stove will make us better able to cater for functions of up to 100 people,” Mr. Knights said.
Another application by the club for a complete kitchen upgrade, including a new cooker, rangehood and deep fryer, was rejected. The council said that the grant application was ”low priority” and “over subscription.”
Felton Memorial Hall was also among the organisations to receive funding from the grants.
It received $1,478 that will go towards improving their audio visual equipment.
Ian Whan, the secretary, said the money will vastly improve their ability to host events.
“A couple of times before we’ve desperately needed it.
“It gives us a new capability to advertise to local field days,” Mr. Whan said.
The Clifton Chamber of Commerce received two separate grants worth $5,000 each.
President Amanda Beatson said the grants will assist the Chamber to move forward with priorities identified in our Tourism Plan.
Other local groups to receive funds include the Greenmount Returned Soldiers Memorial Hall which received $800 to conduct the Greenmount Country Dance and Clifton Landcare Group which received $5,000 to conduct a dung beetle project.