Community Funding Access Program

Leave your mark on Queensland’s cultural landscape

MDA’s Community Funding Access Program provides assistance to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities across Queensland to access funding to bring their project dreams into a reality.  This mix of training, information and support, enhances CALD communities’ capacity to access vital funds whilst promoting cultural diversity in Queensland.

MDA can:

  • Deliver grant preparation workshops
  • Provide one-on-one grant application support
  • Promote available grant opportunities
  • Research grants suitable to the needs of organisations and groups
  • Review draft grant applications for organisations and groups

MDA has been delivering this service for over ten years and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.

State and National Grants


Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) 

Purpose: The objective of Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) is to strengthen not-for-profit arts businesses financially and operationally by responding to innovative business ideas that will achieve an organisation’s mission into the future

Amount: Up to $100,000

Guidelines here

Deductable Gift Recipient status is required

Apply Using SmartyGrants

Closing: Ongoing

Arts Queensland – Regional Arts Development Fund

Focus: For individual professional artists, emerging professional artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators living in regional areas of Queensland

Amount: various
Closing: various, please check participating councils

Playing Queensland Fund

Focus: To support the delivery of performing and visual arts projects that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.

Amount: up to $250,000
Closing: ongoing

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)

Focus: Provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland.

Amount: up to $100,000
Closing: ongoing


Accelerate Small Business Grants Program

Focus: The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to enable them to engage high-level experts and strategic advisors to work closely with them in their business.

Amount: up to $10,000 of matched funding

Closing: Ongoing

First Gens Program

Funded by LaunchVIC, YGAP will be offering multiple intakes into its internationally acclaimed and proven program. Each First Gens Program will consist of a five-day live-in accelerator followed by three months of tailored support. The best part – the program is completely free.

The program:

  1. ACCELERATE: A five-day intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your early-stage venture. We will provide training, mentorship and a community of inspiring, like-minded entrepreneurs who are all working towards creating a better Australia for migrants and refugees.
  2. SUPPORT: Following the accelerator, we provide three months of creative support, strategy sessions, monthly meetups, business mentorship, legal and accounting help and access to small grants of up to $1000. At the end of the support phase a Pitch Event is held, giving each of the entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to impact investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.
  3. GROW: The top entrepreneurs from each cohort will move into the growth phase where they will have access to an increased support package in addition to up to $25,000 of growth capital.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Apply here

Closing: 30/03/2018

Ignitor Fund – Supporting Social Enterprise Changemakers 

Purpose: Under this grant program we are seeking to support Australian social enterprise change makers who are finding new and innovative solutions to tackle the most pressing issues within their local communities and who are now looking to build capacity to overcome the challenges of taking their concept to scale

Amount: Up to $100,000

Deductable Gift Recipient status required

Apply here

Closing: Ongoing

Queensland Startup Events and Activities Fund 

Purpose: The $300,000 Queensland Startup Events and Activities fund aims to build capability within Queensland’s startup community. A ‘startup’ is defined as a new high-growth potential business, developing innovative products and services, with a globally scalable market.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Guidelines here

Apply here

Closing: 30/06/2018

Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program

Focus: The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program provides new small businesses access to professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business.

Amount: up to $1,000 to $5,000 of matched funding

Closing: Ongoing

Small Business Digital Grants Program

Focus: The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Amount: up to $1,000 to $10,000 of matched funding

Closing: Ongoing

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF)

Focus: The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) improves access to finance and support for social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities.

Finance for Social Enterprise: The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds explains social enterprises and the support that the SEDIF offers.

Three SEDIF fund managers have been selected to offer social enterprises finance, such as loans, and support. The SEDIF fund managers are:

Social enterprises can contact the SEDIF fund managers directly to discuss their financing needs.

Amount: undisclosed or various

No Closing Date: This is an Ongoing opportunity

Application methods: Email, Mail

Address: GPO Box 9880 2601 CANBERRA ACT



Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program (Brisbane City Council only)

Focus: Council recognises that better access and inclusion will benefit all Brisbane residents and visitors – in particular, people with a disability or long-term chronic condition, people experiencing temporary impairment, seniors with access concerns, parents with young children, and associated family, friends and carers.

The Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program aims to:

  • improve the accessibility of community facilities, services or venues
  • support initiatives and partnerships in response to challenges experienced by people with a disability and their carers
  • remove barriers to access and inclusion in local community sport, recreation, cultural and social activities
  • remove barriers to inclusion in community services

Amount: $2000 to $50,000

Closing: Midnight on Monday 17 September 2018

Guidelines here

Apply here

Australian Communities Foundation

Each year, ACF makes hundreds of grants to support charitable organisations and projects all around the country and internationally.

Funding requests are currently being accepted by email. Please send an attachment of your proposal to with the subject “Funding Proposal”.

Proposals are reviewed by the grants team and if eligible are added to the newsletter for ACF’s community of donors. You will be contacted by the grants team if any donor is interested in your project.

It is recommend that proposals are between 1-4 pages and include an overview of:

  • Your organisation
  • The issue being addressed
  • The project
  • The impact or expected outcomes of the project
  • The amount of funding you are seeking

To speak to the Grants Team, call (03) 9412 0412 or email

TCC and DGR Status required

Closing: Ongoing

Community Development and Capacity Building Grants (Brisbane City Council only)

Focus: The Community Development and Capacity Building Grants provide funding to local not-for-profit groups to improve and develop services that respond to local and city-wide issues in Brisbane. Projects that achieve one or more of the following criteria may be eligible for funding:

  • to increase community identity and connections
  • to increase social inclusion
  • to build innovative and effective responses to emerging community needs and social issues
  • to increase the skills, knowledge and understanding within the community sector to respond to community issues and need

Amount: $2000 to $10,000

Closing: Midnight on Monday 10 September 2018

Guidelines here

Apply here

Brighter Futures

Preference is given to community projects which meet at least one of three focus areas; health and safety, education and environment.  In addition the program also places significant importance on the inclusion of Indigenous projects and initiatives. Projects in Surat or Bowen basins, or Brisbane are prioritised.

Amount: Undisclosed

Closing: 7 September 2018

Community Led grants

Focus: For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities.

Amount: undisclosed

Closing: ongoing

Dreams for a Better World Program

Focus: The judges look for eligible dreams that will make a difference to the lives of other Australians and have a positive impact on the community. Tell us about your grassroots community group or not-for-profit organisation and how you would spend a grant of up to $50,000 to make your dream a reality.

There are three rounds for community grants and each round has a different theme.

  • Round 1: Better Living – Applications close 16 April 2018

It may be a community development program to create more affordable housing or help our ageing population or new-comers to Australia. Or your dream may help kids and families in need or simply create a better environment for a more sustainable world.

  • Round 2: Brighter Futures – Applications close 29 June 2018

Tell us if you need funding for education initiatives or to create jobs for those in need, or improve financial wellbeing and affordability for Australians. We’re also looking for dreams that enhance employment opportunities, or offer training and support to those who need a helping hand to get into or back to work.

  • Round 3: Active Community – Applications close 14 September 2018

If you’re looking for sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community, apply for our Active Community grant. Or if you have a dream to create more active communities through health initiatives, wellbeing programs or by tackling medical issues faced by the wider community we also want to hear from you.

Amount: $5,000 to $50,000

Total pool: $150,000

Website here

Guidelines here

Application here

Contact Details

Gandel Philanthropy Community Grants

Focus: Intended for small community organisations, however any eligible organisation can apply for support for programs or services within one of the specified Areas of Interest

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Health & Medical Research
  • Community Development
  • Social Cohesion & Inclusion
  • Poverty & Disadvantage

Amount: Up to $40,000

Closing: Ongoing

Inger Rice Foundation Grants (no website, apply by email)

Focus: The foundations objective is to promote children’s health, welfare and development.

The foundation may offer financial assistance for:

  • Early intervention programs
  • Family support programs
  • Resources
  • Training required for implementation of programs.

The target groups can include prenatal programs and programs for children from birth to primary school entry. Preference is given to those from disadvantaged communities.

Eligible activities can include:

  • Early intervention programs
  • Family support programs
  • Specific resources for programs
  • Specific training required for implementation of programs

Amount: $0 to $5,000 (once every 3 years)

Closing: Ongoing

Application methods: Mail

Contact Details

Inger Rice Foundation

New Hope Group Community Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: The program actively supports advancement in education, health and welfare, and cultural and sporting initiatives. Assistance under this program may be provided through financial or in-kind support.

Applications will only be expected form these areas:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council

Amount: From $10,000 to $30,000

Closing: Ongoing (6 weeks processing time)

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

Focus: Arts & Humanities, Education, Poverty & Disadvantage, Sustainability

Amount: varied
Closing: ongoing

Stanwell Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: capacity-building programs and infrastructure projects that facilitate social connectedness, support access to existing or new critical services and enhance educational opportunities. Favourable consideration will be given to community projects that focus on:

  • Youth initiatives
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcohol and other drugs

Amount: Undisclosed

Closing: Ongoing

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

Focus: supports initiatives that benefit rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and are community driven; support leadership; encourage diversity; strengthen the community sector; and involve collaboration between both private and public sector partners in the community.

Amount: $10,000+
Closing: ongoing


The Try, Test and Learn Fund: Tranche 2

This grant opportunity will be an open competitive grant process to select and fund applications to deliver such small-scale trials, which means trials that will run for six months to two years with a budget less than $5 million. Multiple grants will be available and applicants can submit more than one application.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to gather evidence to inform future Government policy through small-scale trials of projects to support people at risk of long-term welfare dependence, including the four priority groups, to improve their workforce participation or capacity to work.

The priority groups are:

  • Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over (with a focus on those who have been out of the workforce for longer than 12 months)
  • Migrants and refugees aged 16-64 and receiving income support
  • Carers aged 16-64 and receiving Carer Payment
  • At-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support.

Amount:  $500,000 to $5,000,000

Guidelines here

Application here

Closing: 28/09/2018


Safer Communities Fund Round 3 – Infrastructure Grants

Focus: The Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million to community organisations and local governments for local crime prevention and security infrastructure activities and to protect community organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial and /or religious intolerance. Project activities can include:

  • installation of fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • installation of security lighting
  • installation of bollards
  • installation of security and alarm systems, intercoms and swipe access attached to a public or community space
  • crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) including changing environmental characteristics in public or community spaces, such as a lack of lighting or poor natural surveillance, that can facilitate street crime and violence.

Amount: From $1,000 to $1,000,000 (Total pool of $18,000,000)

Guidelines here

Apply here

Closing: 25-Sep-2018 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Building Stronger Communities Grants Program

Focus: The Building Stronger Communities Grants Program will provide funding to community-based, not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects that develop or improve their facilities, or improve their governance and long term organisational sustainability.

There are three categories for funding, with category one and two focussing on facility development and maintenance. Category three focuses on improving organisational development, particularly in the area of effective committee management.

The categories are:

  1. community facility maintenance
  2. community facility development
  3. organisational development

Amount: $7,500 to $100,000

Closing: Monday 24 September 2018

For more information phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to the Community Facilities Operations team or send an email to

You can also contact Council via the National Relay Service (including video and Auslan relay) by phoning Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450

Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Round 98

Focus: To allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. It can cover Equipment, Building Upgrades, Vehicles and other community expenses – for full details see Round 97 Funding Guidelines once released.

Amount: $500 to $35,000

Guidelines here

Apply here

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 98 is now open and closes at 11.59pm on 31 August 2018

Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Commemorative Grants

Focus: 2018-19 is a special year for the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). They are celebrating 25 years of providing grants to Queensland communities. And that means more funding opportunities for not-for-profit groups!

If you have a major capital works, equipment, event or transportation requirement valued from $35,000 to $250,000, visit Commemorative grants and apply via the downloadable expression of interest form. There are 11 commemorative grants available.

Stage 1: Expressions of interest open 2 June 2018 and close at 11.59 on 31 August 2018.

Stage 2: Application by invitation – shortlisted applicants will be invited by email. Stage 2 applications close at 11.59pm on 28 February 2019.

Guidelines here

Expression of Interest Form here

Email your completed form to by 11.59pm on 31 August 2018.

Contact Details

At Home Care Grants

Focus: Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) provide funding for equipment, home modifications and emergency respite care to enhance the quality of life for young people with high care needs and their carers.

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants program is critical in keeping young people at home with their families, and preventing new admissions in to inappropriate housing.

The grants provide one-off funding between $2,000 and $10,000 to help those aged 18-65 with high care needs who are living at home, and are at risk of entering inappropriate housing.

Examples of grants that have been approved include applications for respite care, ceiling hoists, a water-powered hydraulic lift, in-home support, a wheelchair ramp, air conditioning, power wheelchair, pressure cushion and electrical adjustable bed to name a few.

Amount: $2,000 to $10,000

Guidelines here

Apply here

Applications Open 1 August 2018 and Close 12 September 2018

Contact Details

Address: PO Box 725 Spring Hill 4004 QLD

Phone: 1800 844 727


Volunteer Grants 2018

Focus: Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. The grants form part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

Applications can include:

  • Eligible small equipment
  • Transport costs of volunteers with disability
  • Fuel costs incurred by volunteers
  • Training for volunteers
  • Background screening checks of volunteers

Amount: $1000 to $5000 (Total pool of $20,000,000)

Closing: 2pm AEST 18 September 2018

Guidelines here

Apply here


Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program 2018-19, Events Funding Round

Focus: The CMQ program promotes multiculturalism and supports communities to celebrate diversity and connect and welcome migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities. With an increased annual budget it offers an opportunity to achieve wider coverage of a range of cultural events and broader involvement of community groups in celebrations of diversity.

This funding round is for multicultural events to be held in 2019 that aim to:

  • welcome migrants and refugees into local communities, and to increase their sense of belonging
  • promote an increased understanding and acceptance of a particular or an emerging culture across the wider community
  • celebrate, promote and increase opportunities for intercultural connections within local communities and across Queensland

Amount: up to $20,000 (Pending availability of funds, multi-year funding or sponsorship may be offered to selected events)

Closing: Friday, 14 September 2018

Guidelines here

Application Preview here

Apply here


Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund (Brisbane City Council only)

Focus: Projects must contribute to the Brisbane Vision, by helping to achieve the aspiration to be a friendly and safe, active and healthy, clean and green or vibrant and creative city.

Each Council Ward is allocated $75,000 for community projects undertaken within that ward. The Lord Mayor allocates $75,000 for community projects that involve multiple wards.

Applications for funding can be made by community organisations for local projects, or by Councillors to support community events, activities or capital projects.

Eligible projects include projects such as:

  • community events including Australia Day ceremonies, fetes and those events that charge an entry fee, for example a fundraiser with a cover charge and festivals with a site entry fee
  • equipment hired for the purpose of a community event
  • community facility improvements and equipment
  • funding towards community sporting organisations equipment and activities within the Ward

Amount: The minimum grant is $250 (GST exclusive) and the maximum is $10,000 (GST exclusive) per organisation

Guidelines here

How to apply:

To complete the online application, determine which Council ward your project will take place in by visiting the Electoral Commission Queensland website, then select the appropriate ward from the list of Council wards open for funding here

Queensland Destination Events Program

Focus: The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Within this context, the aims and objectives of the QDEP are as follows:

  • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
  • Attract external visitation to the destination
  • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination

Amount: $10,000 to $100,000

Guidelines here

Apply here

Closing: Round 11 closes Oct 2018; Round 12 closes Feb 2019


Inclusive Kids Community Grants

Focus: The Inclusive Kids Community Grants Fund aims to assist children who are disadvantaged, by providing small grants to assist with their day to day care or to purchase items that will create better inclusion in community life for these children.

This Grants Fund is open to individuals aged 0 – 18 years who live in one of the various areas in which the Grants Fund operates (for details of these areas, click here). We believe the grants we make are an investment, not only in the future of the individual, but in the future of their communities as a whole.

Amount: Up to $4,000

Guidelines here

Application here

Closing: Ongoing

School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS)

STAS now provides assistance to eligible students on rail, bus and ferry services and through the payment of conveyance allowance to parents as a contribution towards the cost of transporting their children to and from school. It aims to help parents meet their legal obligation of ensuring their children are enrolled in and attending an approved educational facility

STAS has been designed as a scheme for those students who do not have a school close to their residence. It has undergone considerable change over the years to also include assistance to the most disadvantaged students in the state, with specific assistance targeted at isolated students and low income families.

Assistance available under STAS covers the journey between home and school and school and home. For this reason, the distance between an applicant’s principal place of residence and nearest state school is the main criterion used for establishing eligibility under STAS. As well as meeting general eligibility criteria, applicants must meet the specific criteria that apply to the type of assistance sought.

Types of assistance available include:

  • Bus transport assistance
  • Conveyance allowance (including additional allowance for drought-affected students)
  • Rail travel, and
  • Assistance for isolated students

Amount: Undisclosed

Guidelines here

Application here

Closing: Ongoing

Contact Details

Tapping In – Student Start-Up Grant 

Purpose: Students and recent grads can get free access to desk space in STC’s The Tap coworking space.

Amount: Undisclosed

Apply by Email

Closing: Ongoing

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

Focus: Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care.

Young people aged between 15 to 25 years who are leaving or have already left formal out-of-home care may be eligible for the TILA. TILA is also for young people who continue to live with their foster carers after their care order expires.

The payment can be used to buy items such as a fridge or couch, pay for counselling, education and training courses, medical expenses, a drivers licence or any other items or services agreed between the young person and their case worker.

Talk to your case worker if you think you might be eligible as only a case worker can apply for TILA on your behalf.


The TILA Service Provider will also ensure that young people in identified groups have full and appropriate access to TILA, including:

  • Young people with a disability;
  • Young people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; and
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people.

This should be done through the promotion and marketing of TILA by the Service Provider.

Guidelines here

Application here

Closing: Ongoing


No grants currently open


Aspirations4kids in Sport Funding

Focus: The intention is to try and alleviate the associated costs with playing sport however we also expect each recipient to demonstrate their attempt to raise funds for their cause. This is based on our ‘hand up’ rather than ‘hand out’ thinking. Critical to our ethos is each recipients’ agreement to ‘give-back’ to their school and wider community in appreciation for the assistance they have received and to perpetuate the cycle of ‘giving’.

The Aspirations4Kids in Sport project seeks to raise money to support the promotion of our students’ participation in sport no matter what their circumstances.

Nominees may be eligible for assistance if they qualify under the specific cause criteria:

  1. Hardship – Financial
  2. Hardship – Rural/Regional
  3. Disability or Chronic illness
  4. Hand Up
  5. Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1,000

Guidelines here

Application here

Closing: Ongoing

Contact Details

Address: PO Box 655 Aspley 4034 QLD

Phone: 0414 779 766


Healthy and Physical Activity Grants (Brisbane City Council only)

Focus: Brisbane City Council’s Healthy and Physical Activity Grants provide funding to local not-for-profit community groups for projects to increase participation in community sport, recreation and physical activity in Brisbane.

Projects that achieve one or more of the following criteria may be eligible for funding:

  • to increase community participation in sporting and recreational activities through innovative programs and activities
  • to increase the community’s health through participation in physical activity
  • to support community organisations to develop new sport and recreation opportunities in Brisbane
  • to generate long-term, ongoing participation in physical activity

Amount: $5000 to $20,000

Closing: Midnight on Monday 10 September 2018

Guidelines here

Apply here

Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program

Focus: The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.

If successful, applicants will receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.

Applications should be submitted after you have been selected to attend the championships and your participation has been confirmed, and must be before the championships commence.

Amount: up to $500

Guidelines here

Application here

Closing: Ongoing

Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program

Focus: The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (SRDRP) supports not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish their facilities and activities after extreme natural events, including flooding and associated damage.

Amount: Funding of up to $5000 (Level 1) and $20,000 (Level 2) may be available for eligible sport and recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Closing: Ongoing


Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Focus: The Telstra Business Women’s Awards play a vital role in raising the profile of women in business across Australia and Asia.

The Awards exist because exceptional business women deserve to be celebrated. We invite you to join this celebration – either by nominating yourself or someone you know – to recognise outstanding women in business today and inspire the generation of tomorrow.

The Australian Award categories are:

  • Entrepreneur Award: Open to owners with a 25 percent share or more, who are fully engaged and active in day-to-day running and decision-making in a business they’ve been operating for a minimum of one year.
  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award: Open to owners or employees of organisations that deliver positive social/environmental change as their core mission. Includes not-for-profit and social ventures.
  • Public Sector and Academia Award: Open to employees of government departments, educational institutions and statutory bodies.
  • Corporate and Private Award: Open to employees in the private and corporate sectors, including corporate leaders and owners with less than a 25 percent share in a business.
  • Young Business Women’s Award: Entrants in any of the qualifying categories who are aged 29 years or under as at close of entries, are automatically eligible for this category.
  • State/Territory Awards: Winners from all categories, excluding the Young Business Women’s category, are eligible to win the overall Telstra Business Woman of the Year for their State/Territory.
  • National Awards: State/Territory category winners then go on to the National event where they are eligible to win the National Award for their respective category. One of the National category winners (except for the Young Business Women’s Award category winner) will then be announced as the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.

Amount: Undisclosed

Guidelines here

Application here

Closing: Nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards can be made all year round

Regional Council Grants


Brisbane City Council – Community Grants

Brisbane City Council’s grants programs provide funding to help local non-profit community groups to develop and improve facilities and services in Brisbane. Grants are also given to individuals who require financial assistance to promote creativity and the arts, encourage historical, cultural and physical events and activities and help others in their community.

The following Council grants are available to community groups and non-profit organisations:

  • Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund
  • Healthy and Physical Activity Grants
  • Housing Support Program
  • Community Support Funding Program
  • Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program
  • Men’s Shed Grants
  • Community Development and Capacity Building Grants
  • Building Stronger Communities Grants

If you’re not sure whether your project is suitable, contact Council on 07 3403 8888 and request help from the Grant Unit who can also:

  • give you advice on how to fill out the application form
  • answer questions about the application process

Please note all applications are currently closed. Council Grant opening dates will be announced during the 2018-2019 finical year.

Register your details if you would like to be notified about opening dates of the next grant rounds, you can register your contact details online with My Community Directory. Click the ‘join for free’ button and follow the prompts. Council will access this data to email community organisations when appropriate grant programs open for application.


Bundaberg Regional Council – Grants & Financial Assistance

Council offers a range of financial and other assistance to assist in the provision of Projects/Programs and Events. These include:

  • Micro Grants
  • Community Grants Program
  • Special Events
  • Young People in Sport
  • Equipment Loan Program
  • Partnerships and Sponsorships
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

All Guidelines available here

Funding Amounts: Various, up to maximum of $5000

Round 1 – Closes last Friday in June

Round 2 – Closes last Friday in October

Round 3 – Closes last Friday in February

Please direct your enquiries concerning the Community Grants Program to Councils Community Development Unit on 1300 883 699 or email us at


Cairns Regional Council – Community Grants

Council’s Community Grant Program provides financial and in-kind assistance to eligible community groups and organisations for cultural, social, sport and economic development initiatives.

There are a wide range of funding programs, some useful grants for CALD communities include (Please see here for full list):

  • Cairns Multicultural Month 2018
  • Community Development Grants
  • Events In Kind
  • Local Community Events
  • Mayor’s Discretionary Fund
  • First Peoples, NAIDOC Week

Community Grant Guidelines here

Community Events Grant Funding Guidelines here

Funding amounts and application closing dates vary across grants – for up to date information regarding the various funding programs please see full contact list here


Fraser Coast Regional Council – Grants

Fraser Coast Regional Council offers a number of grant funding opportunities below:

  • Community Grants and Regional Events Support
  • Fraser Coast Building Grant
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
  • Financial Assistance to Sportsperson Scheme Grant
  • 2017/18 Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance Fund
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships program – Advance Queensland
  • Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund

Opening and closing dates vary across the different grants.

All inquiries should be directed to Council’s Grants Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or


Gladstone Regional Council – Donations and Grants

Council offers two separate funding streams for groups and organisations seeking funding assistance in the form of donations, sponsorship and/or grants.

These are:

  1. Community Donations Program, which is a general pool of funds for a range of community-based organisations and administered by Council’s Community Wellbeing Department.
  1. Sport & Recreation Grants, which are open only to sporting, active recreation groups and organisations servicing the Gladstone Region. These are administered by Council’s Sport & Recreation Section)
    • For more information on Council’s Sport and Recreation Grant programs or other financial support contact the Sport and Recreation Section on 4976 6300 or by emailing sport&

Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the start of the new financial year usually between March 1 and April 30. However, applications outside these dates will still be accepted.


City of Gold Coast – Initiatives and funding

City of Gold Coast provides a number of funding programs and initiatives to assist incorporated not-for-profit community organisations that support the Gold Coast community:

  • Community Grants Program – (applications for 2018-2019)
  • Mayoral and Divisional Donations Program
  • Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP)
  • Other funding sources and assistance

To discuss funding options contact the Community Grants Administrator:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 07 5581 5240


City of Ipswich – Grants and Sponsorships

Council provides funding for non-profit and community based organisations through the Arts, Social Development and Community Engagement Department in the areas of community and cultural development that enables Council to form partnerships with community based organisations for projects that may not receive funding from other sources.

Such projects are to have a community development focus that addresses community needs, encourages the development of skills within the community and leads to enhancement of community life and well-being of Ipswich residents.

Cultural Grants Program: The purpose of the Cultural Grants Program is to provide small non-recurrent grants to Ipswich cultural/community based organisations with a focus on cultural development, community development, artistic development, social service, recreational, environmental or educational activities. The grants assist with initiatives that:

  • Assist new cultural/community projects to be developed
  • Assist the development of projects, which enhance the well-being of the community and seek to address a demonstrated need of the community
  • Encourage arts/cultural activities

Amount: up to $2,000

Guidelines here

Apply here

Closing: Ongoing


Logan City Council – Mayor and Councillors Community Benefit Fund 

Focus: Logan City Council offers a number of grants available to community organisations, individuals, clubs and services. The grants cover a range of areas and interests from sports, arts, events, programing, environment, education and individual aspirations.

  • Community Project Grants
  • EnviroGrants
  • Events & Festivals
  • Donations of Promotional Materials for Events
  • Mayor and Councillors Community Benefit Fund
  • Sport, Recreation & Community Funding
  • Working Together Grants

Amount: Varied (up to $8,000 for Community Projects)

Two rounds per year. Next Community Projects Grant round opens 16/07/2018 and closes 12/08/2018.

For more information contact Council’s Community Development team on 3412 3412 or email


Mackay Regional Council – Grants

Mackay Regional Council is proud to support the community with a variety of grant and funding opportunities. Funding is available to sporting, arts, service, and environmental groups and individuals through the following programs:

  • Academic bursary
  • Community arts and culture grant
  • In-kind assistance
  • Grant program
  • Regional Arts Development Fund
  • Sporting grants

The aim of the Grant Program is to provide assistance to local community groups/organisations who make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Local Government area. Following grants are available:

Grant Amount: up to $10,000

Grants are offered three times each year. Applications close on the first Friday in February, April and August

Grant Application Form here

Grant Guidelines here

Community Grants Help Guide here


Moreton Bay Regional Council – Community Grants Program

Moreton Bay Regional Council provides grants to community organisations to support the sustainable delivery of community, cultural, sporting and environmental activities to residents in the Moreton Bay region. Council also provides grants to recognise individuals who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen field and have qualified, or been selected by a peak body, to represent Queensland or Australia.

Council’s Community Grants Program consists of the following grants:

  • Community Activities Grant
  • Community Facilities Grant
  • Community Organisation Development Grant
  • Community Organisation Equipment Grant
  • Individual Achievement Grant
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Amounts: Up to $5000

All Community Grant Program Guidelines here

Rounds Closing: 31st of March and 31st of August 2018

For further information about the Community Grants Program, please contact a grants officer on (07) 3205 0555 or email


Mount Isa City Council – Community Grants and Major Events Sponsorship

There are two funding programs. These are the Community Grants Program and Major Events Sponsorship Program. These are offered in two rounds annually:

  • Round One February 1 to March 1
  • Round Two August 1 to August 31

Guidelines here

Grant Application Form here

Sponsorship Application Form here

For more information email:


Redland City Council – Grants and Sponsorship

Redland City Council provides financial assistance to individuals and organisations, helping them run projects that benefit the local community.

Types of funding:

  • Community Grants – For programs and projects with a specific purpose and outcome.
  • Sponsorship – For an event, project, service or activity which provides commercial benefits to Council and the community.
  • Councillors’ Small Grants – Offering small amounts of assistance to organisations, and supporting individuals to achieve excellence at a high-level.
  • Regional Arts Development Fund – Supporting emerging artists to develop their skills and profile in the Redlands.

Guidelines here

The Grants Team can provide advice on developing your application, eligibility and suitable categories. They can also provide feedback on your draft application before you submit it.

For assistance, contact our Customer Service Centres on (07) 3829 8999 or


Rockhampton Regional Council – Community Assistance Program

Rockhampton Regional Council is committed to supporting the delivery of projects/events within the Rockhampton Regional Council area that contribute to building community and economic capacity.

Council offers assistance to eligible organisations through seven categories of funding

  • Awards Scheme
  • Community Facility Insurance Scheme
  • Community Grants Scheme
  • Community Organisation Support
  • Community Sponsorship Scheme – Minor & Major
  • Small Projects Scheme

Applications for the Major Sponsorship, Small Projects, Awards Scheme and Community Facilities Insurance Scheme will be accepted at any time.

For further information contact Council on (07) 4936 8569, 1300 22 55 77 or email


Sunshine Coast Council – Grants and Funding

The Sunshine Coast Council offers a variety of grants and funding across the following areas:

  • Community Grants – Up to $30,000
    • Community Development
    • Community Events
    • Community Facilities
    • Cultural Development
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Economic Development
    • Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living
  • Environment Levy Grants – Up to $15,000
  • Arts Funding – Funding varies
  • Councillor Discretionary Funding – Funding Varies
  • Operational Funding – Funding Varies

Opening and closing dates vary across the different funding opportunities

Community Grants Program Guidelines here

Application forms here

To remain up-to-date on grant information and opening dates, subscribe to the Grants eNewsletter. Please contact council’s grants officers on (07) 5420 8616 or email to subscribe.


Toowoomba Regional Council – Grant Programs

Toowoomba Regional Council offer several grant programs including:

  • Community Support Grant Program
  • Environment Grant Program
  • Events Support Grant Program
  • Sports and Recreation Community Grant Program
  • Cultural and Arts Support Grant Program
  • Sports Tourism Event Grant Program
  • Rates Exemptions
  • Use of Council Property
  • Shade Trees and Shrubs In-Kind Support

Guidelines here

Two rounds of grants occur each year. Grant rounds open on February 1 and July 1, and close on March 1 and August 1 each year.

Seven Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) are based across the Toowoomba region. The Community Liaison Officers represent various cultures, community groups and work with residents in their areas to develop effective partnerships that give locals a vital link to Council. The Community Liaison Officer is the ‘go to’ person for residents, organisations and businesses in these communities, and work as a link with Council staff, responding to issues and providing support and information specific to the communities within their area.

To contact a CLO, call 131 872 or email and ask to speak to your local CLO.


City Of Townsville – Grants and Funding

Townsville City Council’s Community Grants and Sponsorships Scheme supports local initiatives and pursuits of excellence that enhance community wellbeing and opportunity via the provision of financial assistance to community organisations and individuals.

Please view the following pages for information about the specific grant programs:

Guides & Forms here

Amounts and closing dates vary across grants

For further information contact council’s Grants Officer on 1300 878 001 or send an email to


An acquittal is a document, provided by the grantmaker, which requires you to report on how you have spent their money.  An acquittal is completed once your project has finished.  It will ask for information on your project income and expenditure, project description, and achieved outcomes.

It may also ask for feedback, surveys, and images of your event/project.



An applicant is the person or group applying for the grant.



A Not-For-Profit community group that is not incorporated must have their application ‘auspiced’ by an incorporated organisation.

The role of an auspicing organisation is to support the community group with their project and to submit the application on their behalf.  If the application is successful, the auspice will provide support by monitoring the project as well as receive and distribute the funding so that the community group can complete the funded project.  The auspice organisation also submits the acquittal.

Auspicing organisations may charge a grants administration fee to perform this role for the unincorporated group.  This is known as an ‘auspice fee’.


Australian Business Number

An Australian Business Number (ABN) is a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business to the government and community.  Applying for an ABN is free.

For further information,



A good, or helpful thing.  Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.

In a grant application, you will be asked to state the ‘benefits’ of the project/event for which you are asking funding for.  This is a very important part of the application because if you do not state the benefits for your community, and the wider community, the grantmaker will not be convinced of your project idea and you will not receive funding from them.


A budget is the part of the application form that contains financial details details of your project/event  –  income and expenses.  The grantmaker usually provides a budget template for you in the application form and it will have two columns, income and expenses.  In a budget, the total figure of your income must be the same figure as the total of your expenses.


Capital Works

Capital works are projects which involve building, refurbishing, or renovating. For example, new fences, disability ramps, toilet blocks, shade sails, playground etc.



A charity is a type of organisation that raises funds for, or offers support to, the disadvantaged in society such as people, animals, and the environment.

In a tax and grants conversation, this word refers to organisations which the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC).  Please visit for further details on registering your organisation as a charity.


Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

Some grants, usually philanthropic grants, require your organisation to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.  Many groups and organisations do not have DGR status because it is a complicated process to go through.  If you want DGR status, you will need to go to a specialist lawyer.

Please visit for further details on becoming a DGR.


Money made available for a particular purpose.



The act of collecting money for a particular purpose.  For example, gold coin donations at a community BBQ event, or raffles.



A grant is a gift, usually money, given for the common good.  Grants are given for a particular purpose.


Grant Provider / Grantmaker / Funding Body / Funder

An individual/organisation that makes the grant available and provides the funds to applicants.


Grant seeker

A group or individual or organisation who are looking for funds and/or are applying for funds through an application.



The organisation or individual who has received the funds.



Once your group feels established and stable, you may want to consider becoming legally formalised.  This is known as Incorporation.  When you incorporate, you are creating a separate legal entity, similar to a business.  Becoming incorporated allows your group to apply for funds on their own, without the need for an auspice.

Each state and territory in Australia has its own Associations Incorporation Act, and Regulations.

For further information on becoming an incorporated organisation in Queensland, please visit the Queensland Office of Fair Trading:


In-kind support is the non-cash contribution to your event or project, such as donations of equipment or time.  For example, free use of a venue, stationary, equipment, volunteer labour hours, etc.



A significant point or event in the project.



Philanthropy is the generous giving of private money to help make life better for the public.

Rich individuals, families, and organisations (sometimes known as ‘foundations’ or trusts’) will often provide philanthropic funds to communities in the spirit of goodwill.

Your organisation will almost always require Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to be eligible for philanthropic funds.

MDA Community Funding Access Advisor 

Phone (07) 3337 5400
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