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 Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Upcoming closing dates:

Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program

Focus: With a vision to build an age-friendly state in which all Queenslanders, regardless of their age, can stay active and connected, and contribute economically, socially and culturally, the 2017-18 grant round focuses on innovative approaches, responses and solutions to local issues relating to outdoor spaces and buildings, housing, and transport.

Amount: $1,000,000
Closing: 16 June 2017, 5pm


Holden Home Ground Advantage NEW!

Focus: To provide financial assistance to local sporting clubs and community organisations to develop their clubrooms, sporting grounds and general facilities, and invest in the growth and development of their emerging talent.

Amount: up to $250,000
Closing: 31/08/2017


Flying Start Programme NEW!

Focus: 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
Closing: 30/09/2017


Local Drug Action Teams Grant NEW!

Focus: To help communities work together to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug harms and issues. Communities with one or more of the following features will be prioritised for grants:

  • Above average levels of unemployment
  • Regional centres and geographical remoteness
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • High population of Indigenous people
  • Areas of high population growth
  • Social disadvantage
  • Specific priority population group
  • High levels of alcohol and other drug harms

Amount: $21,000 to $40,000
Closing: 31/08/2017


Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant NEW!

Focus: Provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants of up to $100,000 for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment.

Amount: up to $100,000
Closing: 30/07/2017


Harcourts Foundation Grants NEW!

Focus: Providing grants to reputable community-based organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible. We will prioritise applications that demonstrate that their grant will have the widest community impact.

Amount: undisclosed
Closing: 30/06/2017


2017 Commonweath Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards NEW!

Focus: To provide recognition to Australian community organisations’ treasurers who work hard with little thanks or recognition to keep their organisations afloat.

Amount: $5000 x 3
Closing: 28/07/2017


Cadbury Fundraiser Community Grants NEW!

Focus: To support a wide range of community-based projects that increase social inclusion and enhance community engagement in Australia.

Amount: up to $500
Closing: 30/06/2017

Ongoing with no closing date:

Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund, Brisbane City Council
Focus: Supports local community projects that build stronger communities in Brisbane. A Councillor discretionary program. Apply to local Ward
Amount: $250 to $10,000
Closing: Until each Ward’s funds are allocated, or June 17 2016 (whichever is first)


Easy Grants, Bank West
Focus: The first 20 Easy Grant applications received each month that meet the entry criteria will be up for public vote. If your application falls beyond the first 20 received, we’ll automatically include you in the next available month’s voting period. Some examples of grants include:
New team uniforms or training equipment for a local sporting club.
Provide a school award for a top performing student.
AV equipment for a choir to run an annual performance.
New training mitts and kick pads for a martial arts school.
New rescue board for a surf lifesaving club
cricket clubs
secondary schools
Amount: $1,000
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


Santos Community Fund
Focus: Community projects in Brisbane, Gladstone, Southwest Queensland, and Eastern Queensland
Amount: upwards of $2,000
Closing: ongoing, reviewed three times a year


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


Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation
Focus: Arts & Humanities, Education, Poverty & Disadvantage, Sustainability
Amount: varied
Closing: ongoing


Economic Development Grant, Cairns Regional Council
Focus: Assists local collaborators and organisations with developing and delivering innovative projects that will result in economic benefits to the Cairns Regional Council area.
Amount: $30,000
Closing: ongoing


Community Led grants NEW!

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


Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) NEW!

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


Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program NEW!

Focus: The aims are to: alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage; demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage; strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage. Particular focus

on Indigenous Australians, asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia, children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Amount: up to $10,000
Closing: ongoing


Playing Queensland Fund NEW!

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


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