Community grants

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

Limited funds are available through a competitive process, with applications determined according to funding criteria and merit. Applicants must use the correct form and follow the grant guidelines. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of success. It is recommended applicants refer to the Community Grant Information booklet ( PDF, 0.86 MB ) for information.

Category Grant Summary Dates Amount
Arts and Cultural Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Promotes professional development and employment of artists in regional Queensland

Two rounds offered per financial year Individually assessed
  Arts and Cultural In Kind (assistance, not cash)

Encourages development of local community arts and cultural programs and activities and fosters opportunities for local arts and cultural activities that make a positive creative contribution to the region.

*Note: Applications must be lodged at least one month prior to the start of a project, event or activity and be occurring within the current financial year.

Open all year to extent of available funds. (see Note*). In Kind only
Min $500
Max $5,000
  Arts and Cultural Infrastructure Grants 

The purpose of the Arts and Cultural Infrastructure grant is to provide financial assistance to arts and cultural organisations wanting to pursue building or material enhancements for their premises in order to:

Open all year to extent of available funds

Cash or advice Min $1,000
Max $50,000
Community Development Community Development Grants

Financial assistance to support projects, activities or events that respond to local community needs and make a positive contribution to local community life. (*Note: Projects and activities must commence and be completed in the following financial year.)

One funding round per financial year.

Opens 1 Dec 2016. Closes 30 Jan 2017.

Cash
Min $500
Max $5,000
Economic Development Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) Promotes development and delivery of projects that will result in demonstrated economic benefit to the region. Open all year to extent of available funds Cash or In Kind
Max $30,000
  Industry Development Fund (IDF) Promotes development and delivery of industry development projects that will result in a demonstrated economic benefit to the Cairns region. Open all year to extent of available funds Matched dollar-for-dollar
Max $10,000
  Shields Street Heart Improvement Grant To help Shields Street businesses (impacted by the ongoing Shields Street Heart upgrade works) upgrade their shopfronts with improved signage and fa├žade presentation projects. Closes 31 March 2017 (or earlier if funds are exhausted) Up to $3000.
Events Events In Kind

Council resources, materials and/or services are provided as a contribution towards an event.

Open all year to extent of available funds In Kind only
Min $250
Max $3,000
  Local Community Events

Supports organisations in delivering events for benefit of the local community. These events enrich residents' lives and celebrate important occasions. do not usually attract visitors from outside of town specially for the event.
*Note: Events must commence and be completed within the eligible event date period:
Round 1: 1 Dec 2016 to 29 Feb 2017
Round 2: 1 March 2017 to 31 May 2017
Round 3: 1 June 2017 to 31 Aug 2017
Round 4: 1 Sept 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

Our funding rounds in 2016/2017 financial year:

Round 1: Open 1 Jul 2016 Close 7 Oct 2016 Round 2: Open 10 Oct 2016 Close 13 Jan 2017 Round 3: Open 16 Jan 2017 Close 14 Apr 2017 Round 4: Open 17 Apr 2017 Close 1 Jul 2017 (See Note*)

Cash and/or in kind
Min $500
Max $15,000
  Regional Events

Nurtures and grows a diverse portfolio of events that will drive economic development, raise the profile of Tropical North Queensland, generate positive social and cultural benefits, and strengthen the local community. Visitation is intrastate focused (typically 500 to 1000 participants / overnight visitors) and the events have potential to develop into a major event within three years.
*Note: Applications must be submitted at least 6 months prior to the start of the event.

Open all year to extent of available funds
(See Note*)
Cash and/or in-kind
Min $5,000
Max $50,000
  Major Tourism Events

Support for nationally significant events that drive economic activity in Tropical North Queensland. Major events attract interstate and international visitors (typically 25,000 to 50,000 visitor nights) and national media exposure, produce $3m to $10m economic return to the region, generate community pride, social and cultural benefits, and provide a lasting legacy to the TNQ region.
*Note: Applications must be submitted at least 6 months prior to the start of the event.

Open all year to extent of available funds (See Note*) Cash and/or in kind
Min $50,000
Max $150,000
Mayor's Discretionary Fund Mayor's Discretionary Fund Annual funding to enable the Mayor to respond to emergent requests for financial assistance from community organisations. Open all year to extent of available funds. Max $500
Individually assessed
Sports and Recreation Young People in Sport Assists young local athletes with the cost of representing Queensland/Australia at national/international sporting competitions. (*Note: applications must be lodged prior to start of the sporting competition.)

Open all year to extent of available funds

(See Note*)

$100 (QLD), $300 (interstate), $500 (international) or 
$1000 per team per representative event.
Go Clubs Infrastructure Assistance Grant

Assists local sport and recreation organisations with the development of improved facilities.  Applicants must be registered with Council’s Go Clubs Program.

http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/goclubs/home

Applicants must  occupy a facility that is situated on Council owned or controlled land.

Projects are to commence and be completed within twelve months of the approval date.

One funding round per financial year. (See Note*)

Dates for 2016-2017 financial year to be advised.

Min $1,500
Max $10,000
    
  Go Clubs
In Kind: Essentials 
Support through core Council business to complete projects that assist safety requirements, compliance with legislation or lease documentation and meeting relevant Australian Standards.
*Note: applications must be lodged at least one month prior to start of project, event or activity.
Open all year to extent of available funds 
(See Note*)
In Kind only
Min $500
Max $5,000
  Go Clubs
In Kind: Field Maintenance 
Provides standard turf packages to clubs to ensure turf surfaces at facilities under lease or management agreement are managed to appropriate standards.
*Note: applications must be lodged at least one month prior to start of project, event or activity.
Open all year to extent of available funds.
(See Note*) .
In Kind only
Min $500
Max $3,000
  Go Clubs: Go Mow 

Provides local not-for-profit clubs the option to purchase retired mowers from Council, at a reduced rate.

Open all year round subject to availability of equipment No cash or In-kind component to this program.
Sustainability Community Sustainability Provides financial assistance to eligible community groups to develop and implement retrofit projects, events and community and educational programs. One funding round per financial year.

Opens 1 September 2016. Closes 30 September 2016.
Min $500
Max $5,000
  Nature-based Learning Provides financial assistance to eligible schools to deliver nature-based learning excursions. 1 round per year Max. $2,000.

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Last updated: 01 December 2016