Chermside Bowls Club’s grants & sponsorship director, Michael McMahon, says that his club has benefited greatly from the council grants which has given them the capital they needed to install a lift, ramp and disabled toilets at the club for better disability access.
The club attended the Brisbane Council Civic Cabinet meeting at Northgate in 2017, after the meeting Councillor Fiona Hammond introduced members of the club to a grants group who said they would potentially be interested in sponsoring the Multi-Disability State Championships event. The club applied and was allocated funds to cover the green fees and meals of the players and volunteers. Several months later at the Brisbane Council civic meeting in 2018 at Gaythorne, the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he appreciated the club taking the time to thank the Council for sponsoring the event, as many do not.
“Councillor Peter Matic who holds the office of Chair, Community, Arts and Lifestyle Committee came and said thanks for saying thanks, he then asked when did the club need the money for the 2018 event, they then paid for the green fees and meals of the players and volunteers again,” Chermside’s Michael McMahon said.
“A couple of months after the 2018 event, the Council asked for a meeting with the club manager and chairman and when they came, they unveiled a plan of what the Council would like to do, to make the club better for the elderly and disabled people in the community.
“The Council had a lift installed, reworked the drop-off point in the carpark, built a specific ramp for wheelchair access onto the green
and built a specific disabled toilet and modified the men’s toilet for wheelchairs.
“They also altered the bar and sign in register so that people could sign in and be served and changed the incline of a ramp outside to make it easier for wheelchairs.”
Thanks to the work done, Michael says the club can now better cater for its members with a disability, this also makes the club more attractive to prospective club members.
When was the last time your club applied for a grant?
As a community club, you can apply for a variety of different grants, get in touch with your local RBM to find out what your club may be eligible to apply for.