Mount Isa communities come together for grant writing skills

Mount Isa’s sports, culture, faith and land management groups came together last nonth for a skills-building workshop that will help them win funds and influence panels.

The at-capacity workshop, facilitated by grants expert Samantha Morris, who flew in from the Gold Coast, focussed on what funding bodies want and how grassroots groups could maximise their chances at winning grant funding.

Samantha Morris said she was impressed with the diversity and passion of community groups from the district.

“Towns like Mount Isa would be drab and dull if it weren’t for the scores of community organisations working to support people and Country,” she said.

“These community organisations are the lifeblood of the Southern Gulf. I can’t imagine what life would be like here without the passion and commitment of their volunteers.”

Police, Council, campdraft, health, arts and social welfare organisations were all represented, alongside land managers and Southern Gulf NRM staff.

Jenny Tully, Grants Coordinator with Mount Isa Campdraft Association Incorporated said the workshop was “fabulous”. “Sam was really engaging and made us feel as though we could confidently apply for and be successful with grants,” she said. “I also have a much clearer understanding of what the provider is looking for when assessing the application.”

The Association’s Sponsorship and Marketing Coordinator Leonie Winks echoed her positive feedback.
“The workshop was very interesting, hands on and informative.  We felt more inspired when we walked out of the course,” Leonie said.

Geoff Penton is the CEO of Southern Gulf NRM and he said helping communities access funding was integral to sustainable land management. “We know that to have thriving and sustainable agricultural industries, we need robust and resilient towns,” Geoff said.

“Grant writing isn’t complicated, but many community groups are put off by the volume of paperwork thrust on them when they give it a go for the first time. These workshops help demystify grant writing. They’re presented in plain English and Sam, somehow, manages to make grant writing fun.”  

Funded by Rotary Club of Mount Isa South West Inc and Southern Gulf NRM, the workshop was so popular that a second event is now scheduled for 31 May. To register for the workshop, which runs 5.00 – 8.30pm in Mount Isa, email admin@southerngulf.com.au.

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