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:

Female Facilities Program – funding to develop female facilities

Focus: The Female Facilities Program aims to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet the current and future needs of sport and recreation participants.

Amount: up to $500,000 (GST exclusive).

Closing: 01/12/17

Holden Home Ground Advantage

Focus: For community sporting club projects like facility upgrades, new uniforms, equipment and even develop exceptional talent. To make it easier for your club to turn possibilities into reality!

Amount: Up to $250,000 (total pool of $250,000)

Closing: 31/03/2018

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Focus: To allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. In each round applications are prioritised from 1 (being the highest) to 5 (being the lowest). The Committee consider funding from all priorities however allocate funding to higher priorities first. Funding priorities are:

  • Priority 1 – Applications by organisations affected by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years
  • Priority 2 – Applications for the purchase of equipment and/or facility improvements
  • 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

Closing: 11.59pm on 30 November 2017

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 by requesting meeting to discuss your project directly with them. 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: $250 to $10,000

Closing: 25/07/2018

Ongoing with no closing date:

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

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.

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

Closing: Ongoing

City of Ipswich – Cultural Grants Program 

Focus: 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

Closing: Ongoing

Mackay Regional Council 

Focus: The aim of this program is to provide assistance to local community groups/organisations who make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Local Government area. Grants are offered three times each year.

Amount: up to $10,000

Closing: Ongoing (applications close on the first Friday in February, April and August)

Mayor’s Community Assistance Fund, City Of Townsville

Focus: A small level of funding is available for local not-for-profit community organisations who are undertaking an activity that serves a community purpose.

Amount: up to $500
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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

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

Amount: varied
Closing: ongoing

Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

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


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.

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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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