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

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

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing

Deductable Gift Recipient status is required


Arts Organisations Capacity Building Grants

Focus: Through our Arts program area The Ian Potter Foundation aims to help build the calibre and capacity of Australia’s arts organisations and support them to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement in the sector.

  • To support first-rate artistic institutions and organisations in metropolitan and regional Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation in fostering development across a sector or art form.
  • To support such institutions to host artists in high-calibre professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months (e.g. fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, internships).

Amount: $100,000 to undisclosed

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: 22 November 2019


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

Currently closed.


Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups 

Focus: Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date.

Amount: $10,000 to $50,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:
– Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
– Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.
– Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.


Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

Focus: The Indigenous Languages and Arts program (the Program) is part of a suite of programs under the Australian Government’s commitment to Arts and Cultural Development. The Arts and Cultural Development objective is to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture, including by supporting excellence in the arts, supporting indigenous arts, cultures and languages, and protecting Australia’s movable cultural heritage.

Amount: Up to $100,000 (total pool of $8,000,000)

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently closed.


Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support 

Focus: The IVAIS grant opportunity is part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program which supports participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression. Outcomes supported by IVAIS are:

  • a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.

Amount: $5,000 to $80,000 (Total pool of $300,000)

Currently closed.


The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants

Focus: The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.

Amount: up to $10,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing:

(1) Tuesday 21 May 2019 For Projects/Travel After 20 September 2019
(2) Tuesday 10 September 2019 – For Projects/Travel After 20 December 2019; and
(3) Tuesday 14 January 2020 – For Projects/Travel After Friday 8 May 2020.


Performers’ Trust Foundation

Focus: The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.

Amount: Up to $3,000 for an individual; or up to $5,000 for a group or organisation

Guidelines

There is no specific format for applications except that they must be in writing and include the Standard Cover Sheet.

Closing: Ongoing


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


Playking Travel Grant 

Focus: In association with Arts Centre Melbourne, Playking Foundation supports Australian performing arts professionals develop creative collaborations with artists, producers and presenters from across the Asian region through the Playking Travel Grant initiative. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis with priority given to professional artists of distinctive talent and proven capacity who are proposing original, high quality and new creative collaborations which:

  • bridge cultural divides through artistic practice
  • are intended to result in a performance outcome in Australia and/or Asia in the foreseeable future
  • profile a diversity of artists, cultures and creative outcomes

Amount: $5000 to $8000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently closed.


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 & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Small Business Week Grants Program

The Small Business Week Grants program provides funding support to Queensland individuals or organisations who are seeking to host their own event as part of Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW) 2019 from Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019.

The objectives of the Small Business Week Grants Program are to:

  • provide a platform for collective investigation of local small business community concerns and solutions specific to an area or locality
  • empower local small business communities to come together to learn from experts and specialists in areas relevant to their sector or region
  • enable local leadership in small business communities.

The fund will enable the individual or organisation to offset the costs incurred by delivering events and activities that provide transformative impacts for small businesses.

Funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is available as a reimbursement for eligible individuals or organisations to host an event that creates an educational and/or collaborative community experience as part of QSBW 2019.

Application Guideline

Apply Now

Applications are currently closed and will re-open in February 2020.


QCF General Fund 2019 Grant Round

Applications for the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) General Fund 2019 grant round are now open. Mid-tier organisations promoting social cohesion and fostering community integration, primarily in the arts, the environment including but not limited to drought, and indigenous languages.

The QCF Capacity Building Grants assist charities develop their structures, systems, people and skills in order to deliver improved outcomes.

Typically, capacity building focuses on education and training, recruiting, maintaining or recognising volunteers, information technology support systems, training, and planning and governance which may include strategic plans, constitution reviews or board appraisals.

Grants up to a maximum of $30,000.

Application Criteria & Guideline

Apply Now

Deductible Gift Recipient required

Applications are currently closed and will re-open in January 2020.


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

Guidelines

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 [email protected] or call 13 62 68.

Amount: Undisclosed or various

Closing Date: Ongoing


COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program NEW

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of diverse cultural groups and the wider community, to contribute to building a inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

Program objective

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) Program in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter

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

Funding rounds in 2019–20

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

  • The Multicultural Events— Open from Monday 17 June 2019 to Monday 29 July 2019 for events to be delivered in 2020 (calendar year)
  • The Multicultural Projects— The multicultural projects funding round will open later in the year.

Who can apply?

Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and P&C Associations are eligible to apply for funding and must:

  • have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN) that is not for a commercial entity or individual; or hold an exemption from registration; or complete a Statement by Supplier form
  • hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million, or provide evidence of plans to obtain insurance to the value of not less than $10 million to cover the proposed event or project
  • have no overdue reports, or service delivery or performance issues for funding previously or currently provided by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.

Amount: $20,000 per event, to be delivered in the 2020 calendar year.

How to apply

Ensure you read the funding program documents:

2019–20 Multicultural Events Funding Guidelines

FAQ fact Sheet

Application form preview.

Apply online .

Closing date: Monday 29 July 2019

Please note, late applications, including supporting documentation, are not accepted, and requests for an extension are not considered


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: [email protected] with the subject: “Funding Request”.

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

Closing: Ongoing

TCC and DGR Status required


Community Assist’s Community Grant Program

Focus: EPIC’s Community Grants program aims to help level the playing field for people with disability, and create communities which value and welcome people with disability. EPIC will consider sponsoring initiatives that:

  • benefit people with disability
  • provide opportunities for EPIC to connect with potential job seekers and employers.

Amount: Up to $300

Guidelines

Apply Now

Application currently closed.


Community Conservation Grants 

Focus: The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of Australia’s native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

  • Land and Water – Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.
  • Threatened Species – Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
  • Cultural Heritage – Conserving and celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.
  • Parks for People – Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.

Amount: up to $10,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Application currently closed.


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.

Guidelines

Application Kit, Initial Proposal Form & Application Form

Amount: undisclosed

Closing: Ongoing


IOOF Community Grants 

The IOOF Foundation are committed to creating opportunities for disadvantaged families, youth and the aged, by investing in initiatives that improve quality of life and help others achieve their potential to meaningfully participate in the community. The Foundation provides grants that support Australian not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged families, disadvantaged children and youth and aged care.

Amount:  $10,000 to $150,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently closed.

* DGR Status is required


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)

Apply Now

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.

Guidelines

Apply Now

Amount: Undisclosed

Closing: Ongoing


Transurban Community Grants 

Focus: Every six months, Transurban offer grants of up to $5000 to initiatives like school projects, youth education, road safety and environmental programs. Applications are assessed against the following:

  • benefit to communities located near our roads
  • the scale of positive impact to the broader community and environment
  • potential to help overcome obstacles for transport, mobility and community inclusion
  • potential to improve the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged groups
  • clear description of the grant’s intended use and the expected benefits for the community
  • making a long-lasting difference to the community that may not otherwise have been possible without grant support.

Amount: $5000

Apply Now

Closing: tba, re-opening mid of 2019

* DGR Status is required


Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. See the case studies below for examples of the types of projects we have funded in the past, which may provide some ideas.

Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Tackling Tough Times Together –

  • Round 13 now open. Outcomes announced mid July 2019 for applications received by 30 April 2019. Note: EOIs for large grants must be received by 11 April 2019.
  • Round 14: Late September 2019 for applications received by 8 July 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 25 June 2019.
  • Round 15: Early December 2019 for applications received by 25 September 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 5 Sept. 2019.
  • Round 16: Late February 2020 for applications received by 16 December 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 27 Nov. 2019.

Strengthening Rural Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

  1. Small and Vital grants NOW OPEN

Small and Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small and Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Terms and conditions:

(1)Applications must be received by 26 March for funds to be awarded in June.

(2) Applications must be received by 25 June for funds to be awarded in September.

(3) Applications must be received by 24 September for funds to be awarded in December.

  1. Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

  • The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019

ENERGEX-ERGON NEW

Community Fund

Community Fund is a grant program that provides funding to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. This funding empowers groups to make a difference in their community. We look for ideas that encourage community identity and wellbeing, support local prosperity, and are innovative, or enable access to future solutions.

Your project might support disaster recovery, diversity and inclusion, education, energy and environmental conservation, electrical safety or renewable energy projects, or provide essential equipment or facilities to the local community.

Eligible groups include:

  • Community groups
  • Local government or other government entities
  • Educational institutions
  • Charities
  • Sporting clubs
  • Industry associations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations

How to apply

If your project will take place in Energex’s South East Queensland network area – that’s from the state’s border north to Gympie, and west to the base of the Great Dividing Range – please apply to Energex. For all other Queensland locations, please apply to Ergon.

Application Forms:

  • Energex Community fund application form here
  • Ergon Community Funding Application here

Amount: from $200 up to $5,000,

If you have any enquiries about the fund, application requirements, or need help with applying, please contact:

Currently closed.


EMPLOYMENT

Career Development Grants – Individuals & Groups 

Focus: Career Development Grants aim to assist individual artists, arts workers or groups of artists by providing support to further develop skills or improve capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:
(1) Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May, 2019.
(2) Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019. And
(3) Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020. Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.
(4) Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date


NDIS Jobs and Market Fund grants 

Focus: The objective of the Jobs and Market Fund (JMF) is to support growth of the NDIS market and workforce in capacity and capability to meet the needs of NDIS participants. Outcomes of the JMF must contribute to the growth of an effective disability services market and workforce comprising the following ultimate outcomes:

  • Participants exercise choice and control.
  • Participants receive reasonable and necessary supports where and when they need them.
  • NDIS providers are delivering supports and services efficiently and sustainably.
  • NDIS providers are able to access the workforce needed to meet participant demand.

Amount: $10,000 to $10,000,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently closed.


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)

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


Tailored Assistance Indigenous Employment Grants 

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants are available to provide funding support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, as well as assisting Indigenous school students to transition from education into sustainable employment.

Amount: undisclosed

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


Travel and Accommodation Subsidies

Focus: The Department of Education and Training provides financial assistance to subsidise additional costs incurred by apprentices and trainees who travel specified distances to attend off-the-job training, which is undertaken by them as part of their apprenticeship and traineeship training contract.

Amount: undisclosed

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES

Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants

Focus: The fund allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups, to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities

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 (see Definitions)
  • Priority 2: Applications for the purchase of equipment and/or facility improvements (see Definition and details 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

Guidelines: Current Funding Guidelines

Apply Now: GCBF Online Grants Portal

Closing:

Round 102 closes on 31 August 11:59pm
Round 103 closes on 30 November 11:59pm


EVENTS

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

Guidelines

Apply Now

Schedule:

(1) Round 13: Opens 13 March and closes June 2019: Eligible Event Dates: January 2020 – January 2021.

(2) Round 14: Opens 14 July and closes October – 2019: Eligible Event Dates: May 2020 – May 2021.


CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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

Guidelines

Application

Closing: Ongoing


Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways Project (IYMP) 

Focus: The Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways project (IYMP) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who choose to move away from home to gain the qualifications they need to have a greater chance of obtaining sustainable employment in their home community or elsewhere. The project is aimed primarily at young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote areas ages 16 – 24 (participants may commence a course at any time before they turn 25 years old and may be supported until the conclusion of that course).

Amount: Undisclosed

Guidelines

Apply Now

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

Guidelines

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: [email protected]

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.

Guidelines

Application

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

Application

Closing: Ongoing


Youth Employment Program (YEP)

Focus: The Youth Employment Program (YEP) is an employment support program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are finishing high school and looking for work or considering further education. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) staff in your region can help you:

  • with your choice of career
  • link to job vacancies
  • connect you to culturally capable services
  • with pre-employment support such preparing resumes and for job interviews
  • get support for any life challenges that make it difficult to find work
  • access training opportunities.

Amount: Undisclosed

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


Youth Funding

Focus: To create a more just society by giving every young person in Australia an equal opportunity to access the skills to negotiate life’s journey. Matana’s focus is on improving the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, or whose concerns and issues are not readily funded from other sources. Recognising that disadvantage takes many forms, we prioritise projects and organisations that address the causes of youth disadvantage by:

  • Providing programs primarily targeting school retention and increased education achievement for students who are at risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out. The focus is on early identification, customised learning and mentoring.
  • Providing programs that target employment skills development, employment and career pathways and transitions into employment.
  • Providing programs that target social and community connectedness, personal significance and social and emotional outcomes.
  • Providing services in geographical areas across Australia where funding is difficult to source.

Amount: $1,000 to $10,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


SENIORS

Be Connected program: Capacity Building grants 

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 [email protected]


SPORTS

Flying Start Program

Focus: Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

New grant is currently open starting from 1/4/2019.


WOMEN

No grants currently open


Regional Council Grants


BRISBANE

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

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 [email protected]


CAIRNS

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

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 [email protected]


GLADSTONE

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 [email protected]  or phone (07) 4976 6300.


GOLD COAST

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: [email protected] or Phone: 07 5581 5240


IPSWICH

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: [email protected]


LOGAN

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 [email protected]


MACKAY

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

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 [email protected]


MOUNT ISA

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: [email protected]


REDLAND CITY

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

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 [email protected]


SUNSHINE COAST

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 [email protected]


TOOWOOMBA

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 [email protected] and ask to speak to your local CLO.


TOWNSVILLE

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 [email protected]


Acquittal

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.

  

Applicant

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

  

Auspice

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, http://www.business.gov.au/

 

Benefit

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.

Budget

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.

 

Charity

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 https://www.ato.gov.au/ 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 https://www.ato.gov.au/ for further details on becoming a DGR.

Funds

Money made available for a particular purpose.

 

Fundraising

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

  

Grant

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.

  

Grantee

The organisation or individual who has received the funds.

  

Incorporated

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: http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au

In-kind

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.

 

Milestone

A significant point or event in the project.

 

Philanthropy

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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