Not-for-profit organisations can receive a share of $8 million in grants from the Queensland Government to upgrade community infrastructure and accelerate the COVID-19 economic recovery.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Steven Miles, said the Community Infrastructure Investment Partnership (CIIP) competitive grants program will prioritise projects supporting critical social and job-readiness services.
“We’re inviting not-for-profit organisations across the state to apply for funding to help Queensland’s economic recovery,” the Deputy Premier said.
“Around $8 million is being made available to enable expansions, upgrades or rebuilds of existing facilities in high-need communities.”
“Neighbourhood and community centres which provide localised access to child, family and community services are encouraged to apply,” he shared.
“Priority will be given to co-funded construction-ready projects that can be completed by June 2022.”
The CIIP program is open to not-for-profits that own land or assets or are delivering social services from council-owned facilities.
The grants program is forecast to support an additional 26 construction jobs and a range of social service delivery and administrative roles across the state.
Treasurer and Member for Woodridge, Cameron Dick, said the $15 million CIIP program also includes the flagship initiative Access Economic Hub in Logan Central.
“The Logan project is all about community,” Mr Dick said. “It will give participants a head start on employment readiness, job training, social enterprise and business incubator services, and also link those involved to social services.”
“The flagship Access Economic Hub will support up to 22 construction jobs,” he detailed.
“We’re now looking to support other projects around the state, and I encourage eligible not-for-profits to apply for a share of this funding pool.”
Community Services Industry Alliance CEO, Belinda Drew, welcomed the CIIP program, saying supporting community infrastructure is vital to ensuring services are delivered in a timely manner.
“It’s great to see the Queensland Government supporting not-for-profit groups to deliver innovative and improved facilities that will enable improved services for high-need communities,” Ms Drew said.
“The program encourages partnerships and innovation that will inform future service provision to meet community needs exacerbated by COVID-19.”
Applications for the CIIP program close 5 pm 16 March 2021.
View the funding and eligibility guidelines here: www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/ciip