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


Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing

Deductable Gift Recipient status is required

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, 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


Business Growth Fund 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 $50,000 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.

Social enterprises can contact the SEDIF fund managers directly to discuss their financing needs. Email or call 13 62 68.

Amount: Undisclosed or various

Closing Date: Ongoing


Queensland Youth Week – 3 to 14 April 2019 NEW

Community grants of up to $2000 are available to local councils, not-for-profit organisations and parents and citizen groups to support local activities and events during the week. Young people are also encouraged to partner with a non-for-profit under an auspice agreement to apply for a grant.

The 2019 QYW theme is ‘Unlimited’ – celebrating the boundless energy young people bring to our communities and encouraging them to look to the future and see limitless possibilities.

Applicants are encouraged to consider events and opportunities that align with the Queensland Youth Strategy building blocks. Events, projects or activities that support our Government’s commitment to tackle cyberbullying will also be viewed favourably.

For more information about the grants process, please email


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Closing: 30/11/2018, 4PM

Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program – Multicultural Projects round NEW

Focus: The CMQ program promotes: Queensland’s multicultural identity; community participation and intercultural connections; increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community; and engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

This funding round is for multicultural projects to be delivered in 2019-2020 that create pathways to participation for migrants and refugees in the cultural, economic and social life of Queensland, for example:

  • to support migrants and refugees with pathways to employment
  • to increase understanding and build connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • to support community organisations, Councils and local industries to build their capacity to be responsive and inclusive of migrants and refugees
  • to increase participation of migrants and refugees in community associations, service clubs and sporting groups

Amount: Up to $40,000


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Closing: 14/12/18

Australian National Commission for UNESCO grants program NEW

Focus: The aim of the 2018-19 Grants Scheme is to fund projects which support the advancement of UNESCO’s goals in Australia. While we encourage applications which support UNESCO’s broad goals, as outlined above, we particularly welcome those which contribute to the celebration in 2019 of the International Year of Indigenous Languages and the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

Amount: Up to $20,000 (Total Available $78,000.00)


Apply Now

Closing: 23/11/2018 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

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. You are welcome to submit your request on the following template: Funding Request Template and email it to: with the subject: “Funding Request”.

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

Closing: Ongoing

TCC and DGR Status required

Community Led Grants

Focus: To enable 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.


Application Kit, Initial Proposal Form & Application Form

Amount: undisclosed

Closing: Ongoing

New Hope Group Community Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: The program actively supports advancement in education, health and welfare, and cultural and sporting initiatives. 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, and Ipswich City Council.

Amount: From $10,000 to $30,000 (including in-kind support)

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Closing: Ongoing (6 weeks processing time)

Stanwell Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: To supporting activities that make a genuine ‘quality of life’ contribution to the communities that host Stanwell assets, in the South Burnett and Rockhampton regions, Mount Isa, Cairns, Tully and Ipswich.


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Amount: Undisclosed

Closing: Ongoing


Regional Employment Trials

Focus: Provides local stakeholders in selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects. The objectives of the program are to deliver:

  • strong connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
  • employment initiatives that meet local needs
  • improved awareness of local labour markets
  • the potential for improved regional employment outcomes

Amount: From $7,500.00 to $200,000.00 (Total available $10,000,000)


Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Round 99

Focus: To allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. Funding priorities are:

  • Priority 1: Applications by organisations affected by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years (must be listed here)
  • Priority 2: Applications for the purchase of equipment and/or facility improvements (see guidelines below)
  • Priority 3: Applications for the purchase of buses, cars, caravans, boats, tractors, trailers, large mowers, motorbikes and similar items
  • Priority 4: Applications for community events, training, workshops, programs and festivals
  • Priority 5: Applications by organisations that have received a grant or grants from the GCBF of more than $15,000 in the past two years

Amount: $500 to $35,000


Register your Organisation and Apply Now

Closing: 11.59pm on 30 November 2018


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.

Amount: $10,000 to $100,000


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Closing: Round 12 closes Feb 2019; Round 13 closes June 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).

Amount: Up to $4,000



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

Amount: Undisclosed


Application Forms

Closing: Ongoing

Tapping In – Student Start-Up Grant 

Focus: For students or recent grad (within 1 year) who want to start your own company in advanced technologies (micro-, nano-, bio-technology, medical devices)? If you have an exciting idea, we want you to join ‘The Tap’s’ community of entrepreneurs and experts. Apply for a Tapping In grant from STC. You’ll get:

  • Free access to ‘The Tap’ for 3 months for up to 3 team members
  • Use our medical device business intelligence portal, CAD workstation and 3d printer
  • Connections to experts for mentorship and support
  • Participation in STC events
  • A focused opportunity to turn an idea into a start-up

Applications are rolling – apply whenever you’re ready by emailing a one-page non-confidential executive summary of your idea, telling us why the idea is awesome, and how you’re the rock star(s) that are going to make it work:

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



Closing: Ongoing

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.

Amount: up to $500


Closing: Ongoing


Be Connected program: Capacity Building grants NEW

Focus: The Network Capacity Building grant is for large community organisations, with strong networks to become ambassadors of the Be Connected Network that aims to foster social inclusion of older Australians (50+) by teaching them teach digital literacy skills.

The funding can be spent on activity that can be justified as supporting older Australians to gain basic digital skills and confidence, under three different types of grants: Activation, Building Digital Skills, and Capacity Building.

Organisations who would like to apply for a Network Capacity Building grant must be a Network Partner within the Be Connected network. If you are not yet a Network Partner, please click here to join.

Amount: $2000 to $50,000

If you have any questions on the Be Connected grant program, contact

Move It Aus – Better Ageing NEW

Focus: The Better Ageing Grant Program aims to increase levels of physical activity of Australians aged 65+, particularly those least active, to improve their overall health and wellbeing. The Program will fund eligible organisations to implement initiatives to encourage older Australians, particularly those less active, to incorporate participation in sport or physical activity into their everyday lives.

Amount: Up to $2,000,000


Apply Now

Closing: 31/10/2018


No grants currently open


Queensland Women’s Week Grant

Focus: The purpose of providing funding is to support events, projects and activities that inspire the Queensland community to respect women, embrace gender equality and promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of women and girls.

Priority: Priority will be given to applications that encourage and support women to improve their financial literacy and capability and/or raise awareness in the community of how we can address the issues that contribute to women’s financial disadvantage and economic insecurity.

Amount: Up to $3,000 (Total Available $150,000)


Apply Now

Closing: 10/11/18

Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2019

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

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

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


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

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

There is a wide range of funding programs offered by CRC. They fall into the following categories:

  • Arts and Cultural
  • Community Services
  • Events
  • Mayor’s Discretionary Fund
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Sustainability

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


Fraser Coast Regional Council – Grants

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

  • Community Projects
  • Community Events
  • Regional Events
  • Community Celebration Events – Christmas, New Year, Australia Day, Anzac Day
  • Financial Assistance to Sportspersons Grants Scheme
  • Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
  • 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.

If you have any enquiries about these programs please contact Community Engagement Centre on email  or phone (07) 4976 6300.


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
  • Mayoral and Divisional Donations Program
  • Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP)
  • Other funding sources and assistance

To discuss funding options contact the Community Grants Administrator on email: or 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.

Applicants are encouraged to read the Community Grants and In-Kind Assistance Applicant Guidelines and Grants Donations Bursaries And Scholarships Policy to determine their eligibility and for further information.

If you require assistance in preparing your application, please contact the Community Grants Officer on (07) 3810 6657 or email:


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
  • Mayor and Councillors Community Benefit Fund
  • Sport, Recreation & Community Funding
  • Working Together Grants

For more information contact Council’s Community Development team on (07) 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:

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

For more information please read Community Grants Help Guide. If you still need assistance with your application call 1300 622 529.


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’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)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Community Grants Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility and for further information about each funding opportunity.

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 include:

  • 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.

For assistance contact:


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. Funding programs include:

  • 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 8368, 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
  • Environment Levy Grants
  • Arts Funding
  • Councillor Discretionary Funding
  • Operational Funding

Community Grants Program Guidelines here

Application forms here

For additional information, please contact council’s grants officers on (07) 5420 8616 or email


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
  • Use of Council Property
  • Shade Trees and Shrubs In-Kind Support
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program

For more information contact a Community Liaison Officer by calling 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:

  • Sport & Recreational Grants
  • Cultural Grants
  • Community Grants

Guides & Forms here

For further information contact council’s Grants Officer on 13 48 10 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
Email us