Council grant provides opportunity to showcase ideas



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The Daintree Food Trial was a successful grant applicant. Pictured: James and Audrey from Coastal Rainforest Honey. Image: Daintree Food Trial

Douglas Shire Council has paved the way for enterprising shire residents to present ideas to enrich the community or grow the local economy thanks to a Council grant.

Council will be inviting grant applications for local projects under the 2020/21 Council Grants Program next month and is encouraging locals to apply for a grant.

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Staff will hold information sessions in Mossman, Port Douglas and Diwan from Tuesday, August 4. Interested applicants are invited to RSVP to Council by July 31.

Douglas Shire Council Deputy Mayor Lisa Scommazzon encouraged people to come forward with their ideas.

“Council grants provide a fantastic opportunity to get some funding to help bring a great idea to fruition,” she said.

“Get in touch with Council staff, work on your ideas and come along to the information sessions in August to see how you can apply.

“I look forward to seeing some new community-driven initiatives for Council to get behind,” she said.

A recent success story is the Daintree Food Trail, which has garnered strong interest from television networks and metropolitan newspapers.

The Daintree Food Trail celebrates the produce and people of the Daintree and Douglas Shire.

The $75,000 funding pool of revised grant funding streams include:

  • Major Grant – $60,000 ($2,001 – $10,000)
  • Place making – $5,000 (Up to $2,000)
  • Micro grant – $10,000 (Up to $2,000)

Applications close at 4.30pm on Friday, September 25 this year.


Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday 4 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Council Chambers 64-66 Front St Mossman
  • Wednesday 5 August, 11.30am – 12.30pm, Alexandra Bay Sports Club
  • Thursday 6 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Community Hall, Mowbray St, Port Douglas

For contact tracing purposes, RSVP’s are essential by 31 July.


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