At 1 December 2020, there were 45 drought declared local government areas comprising 41 local government areas and four (4) part local government areas (published at www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/drought/drought-declarations/) representing 67.4% of the land area of Queensland.
The Community Drought Support Program (CDSP) is part of the Queensland Government’s 2020-21 The $5 million Community Drought Support Program (CDSP) is part of the Queensland Government’s 2020-21 Drought Assistance Package.
The Community Drought Support Program aims to strengthen the resilience of drought-affected Queenslanders by building on existing community support mechanisms to increase access and participation in the community. This will be done through contributing:
Funding will be covered by the Community Services Act 2007.
The objectives of this grant funding activity are to deliver community drought support to:
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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A: The maximum amount you can apply for to cover any operating costs is 10% of your grant request. For example: if you apply for funds for a project with a grant request of $150,000, you can budget up to $15,000 for these costs, being 10% of the $150,000 grant.
Operating costs are costs reasonably associated with the setting up of the necessary services and materials to deliver the proposed project. This may include setting up internet access, printing and promotional materials about the service or project that you want to do, community consultation costs in developing your project plans, booking costs for venues for planning meetings, and so on.
A: You can apply to distribute Flexible Financial Hardship Payments to multiple LGAs but you will need to complete an application form for each LGA you wish to apply for.
A: Yes, XXXX Shire Council can apply for funding and distribute as per the expressions of interest.
A: The department only responds to emails requesting clarification for this program. Please email us your questions and we will promptly respond.
A: The council can apply for the whole amount. If you're applying for funding assistance, you can pass onto community members/groups as you see fit. The assessment panel will provide final recommendation for the allocation based on all applications received for that LGA.
A: Yes, both local government and community groups can apply for this funding.
A: The total funding for this grant round available for the XXXX local government area is $25,000. With 80 per cent of funding to be notionally prioritised towards FFH, subject to receiving sufficient suitable applications.
A: Eligible organisations are expected to be located and/or currently delivering services in the drought-declared local government area. This aligns to the grant funding objectives, which is to encourage local and regional organisations to apply and to play a role in supporting individuals and communities to thrive.