SEQ's not-for-profits given a helping hand after TC Debbie

Media Statement

Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected by flooding following ex-TC Debbie.

Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said not-for-profit organisations in the Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast local government areas could now apply for concessional loans and grants.

“Not-for-profit organisations are the backbone of our communities and their efforts to support Queenslanders really come to the fore in times of disaster,” she said.

“These organisations have been working tirelessly to help Queenslanders get back on their feet after the devastation of TC Debbie in North Queensland and flooding across the south-east.

“We know that some community organisations and charities were impacted by this disaster, with flooding damaging buildings and assets.

“We want to help these wonderful organisations get back on their feet as quickly as possible so they can focus on what they do best – supporting Queenslanders in need.”

Assistance is available under Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loan and Grant Packages) and Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Non-Profit Organisations relief packages.

Ms Fentiman said Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loan and Grant Packages)was made up of a non-repayable grant up to a maximum of $5000 and a concessional interest rate loan of up to $100,000 to be repaid over seven years. 

“These concessional loans and grants help non-profit organisations that are unable to repair or replace damaged assets from their own resources following flooding caused by ex-TC Debbie,” she said.

“This will allow the organisations to get back to normal, by repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment, repairing or restoring essential premises ­- including grounds, amenities, and infrastructure ­­–­­­ and helping to replace up to one month’s lost stock.”

Ms Fentiman said Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Non-Profit Organisations relief provided loans of up to $100,000 to organisations that suffered a significant loss of income.

“This loan can help cover the costs of salaries and wages, paying creditors, rent or rates, paying for alternative transport for livestock and produce and to help cover the costs of fuel and other supplies essential to the organisation,” she said.

Non-for-profit organisations located in activated areas of the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim and Logan local government areas are eligible to apply for these concessional loans and grants.

This funding is part of joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government-funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

It is administered by the QRAA for the Queensland Government.

For more information about this relief measure contact the QRAA on 1800 623 946 or online at www.qraa.qld.gov.au.