In response to impacts of COVID-19, the Gold Coast City Council established a temporary grant program as part of its business and community recovery package.
Two grants were provided to organisations across the Gold Coast, either recovery or hardship relief, with a total of $1,481,616 distributed.
The funds are being used for food and care packages, moving essential services online, equipment, maintenance and repairs, and a range of other recovery projects.
The City has allocated funding to 345 organisations.
Special Olympics Gold Coast is utilising their Hardship Relief Grant to fund their junior athlete’s team camp. Photo: Courtesy Special Olympics Queensland.
Gold Coast Special Olympics, a not for profit organisation providing sporting opportunities for athletes with an intellectual disability, received a Hardship Relief Grant from the City.
Head of Team Delegation Chris Nott said the grant was instrumental in getting their program up and running again after their COVID-19 hiatus.
“With all sporting programs, training and events closed down during COVID-19, it was a very difficult time for athletes who had their physical activity grind to a halt,” said Ms Nott.
“Many athletes rely on the activity for health and wellbeing and it affected many aspects of their daily life not to have that outlet of activity,” she said.
“We received a $5000 to use towards our Junior athletes team camp, which is a training opportunity for the athletes attending the Junior National Games in 2021.”
Vice President of Gold Coast Little Theatre, Julanne Shearer, said the Hardship Relief Grant they received helped fund cleaning services required to employ a COVID Safe plan.
Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Hardship Relief Grant helped ensure their venue was COVID Safe for their upcoming shows. Photo: Courtesy Gold Coast Little Theatre.
Ms Shearer also said COVID-19 restrictions had caused the theatre to cancel its entire program for the year, producing significant financial loss.
“All income provided from council was a godsend,” said Ms Shearer.
“After receiving the grant, we were able to put in place the mini season which has resulted in the Gold Coast Little Theatre reducing its [financial] loss,” she said.
“We still have two further productions of the mini season, namely ‘Love Letters’ and our Christmas show on the 12 December 2020.”
Ms Shearer encourages the community to show their support by purchasing tickets to future shows.
Empower Golf Gold Coast, a program facilitating and promoting Golf for less able Australians, received a Recovery Grant from the City.
Ben Tullipan from Empower Golf said during the peak of COVID 19, they temporarily ceased their ‘Come & Try Clinics”.
Empower Gold is using their Recovery Grant to re-establish their activities post COVID-19 lockdowns. Photo: Courtesy Empower Golf Queensland.
“This Grant [was utilised] specifically to assist us in re-establishing our activities,” said Mr Tullipan.
“We have used this grant to hold free ‘Come & Try’ Clinics at various venues with various Professional Golfers’ Association coaches,” he said.
“We provide all adaptive equipment, the golf clubs and of course the incredible Paragolfer machine.
“Our next upcoming free ‘Come & Try’ Clinics are on 11th January at Top Golf and 4th February at Royal Pines.”