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. For event grants, you should also read the Event Grants Program Guidelines booklet ( PDF, 0.64 MB ).

CategoryGrantSummaryDatesAmount
Arts and Cultural Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Promotes professional development and employment of artists in regional Queensland

Two rounds offered per financial yearIndividually 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 Arts and Cultural Infrastructure Grant aims to provide financial assistance to arts and cultural organisations that wish to pursue building or material enhancements to their premises. For projects starting after 1 January 2019.

Now closed for 2018/19 financial yearCash or advice Min $1,000 Max $50,000
Community ServicesCommunity Services 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.)

Now closed for 2018

Cash
Min $400
Max $4,000
 Multicultural Month

Multicultural Month is held each year during August, to celebrate the region’s rich cultural diversity and promote a sense of belonging and inclusiveness.  This grant stream is open to community groups, organisations, and associations that wish to create an event that celebrates diversity and promotes a sense of acceptance, belonging and connectedness of diverse cultures within the Cairns community.

Now closed for 2018

Cash, Min $400 Max $4,000
 NAIDOC Week

Celebrations are held annually across Australia in July. Celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is an opportunity to participate in activities and events that support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This grant steam is open to Not for Profit Community groups and individuals who wish to create an event that celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Now closed for 2018Cash,
Min $400
Max $4,000
 Youth Week

Youth Week is an annual celebration of the achievements, vitality, and strength of young people aged 12-25 years. Running from 3-14 April 2019, Youth Week is an opportunity to encourage youth participation and celebrate young people’s positive contribution to our community.

This grant stream is open to community service providers, groups or organisations with a focus on youth engagement and services. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3447 to discuss their application prior to submission.

One round per year

Opens 5 November 2018, closes 18 January 2019

Cash,
Min $400 
Max $4,000
 Disability Awareness Week    

Disability Awareness Week is held annually in September with the aim of empowering people with disability, raising awareness of disability issues, and improving access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

This grant stream is open to Not for Profit Community groups and Individuals who wish to create an event that celebrates the achievements or raises awareness for people with disabilities through activities in Mental Health Awareness, Physical and Low impact activities, Social Inclusion and Capacity Building programs.

Now closed for 2018Cash, Min $400
Max $4,000
EventsChristmas and New Year's Events

Supports organisations in the delivery of Christmas or New Years themed events that are for the benefit to local communities. These community events serve to enrich the lives of residents and celebrate important festive occasions for the community

*Note: Christmas and New Year's Events must take place between the months of November and January.

Open from 24 October and closes 9 November 2018Cash and/or in kind
Min $1,500
Max $5,000
 Events In Kind

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

*Note: Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the start of the event or activity.

Open all year to extent of available fundsIn 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 as listed below:
Round 9 (event period): 1 Dec 2018 to 30 Nov 2019
Round 10 (event period): 1 April 2019 to 28 Feb 2020
Round 11 (event period): 1 Jun 2019 to 31 May 2020

Round 9: Closed
Round 10: Open 1 Oct 2018 Close 31 Dec 2018
Round 11: Open 1 Jan 2019 Close 31 March 2019

Cash and/or in kind
Min $3,000
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
 Sports Tourism Events

The sports tourism events grant program provides funding to support eligible local, regional, state or national sporting bodies to develop and deliver successful sports tourism events that contribute to the region’s economic prosperity, community well being and diverse lifestyle.

A sports tourism event is a sporting event of regional, state or national significance that provides economic, social, media and community outcomes for the region. The goal of the grant program is to assist communities in attracting and growing quality sporting events.

*Note: Applications must be submitted at least 6 months prior to the start of the event

**Application form will be available for download soon.

Open all year to extent of available funds
(See Note*)
Cash and/or in kind
Min $5,000
Max $15,000
Mayor's Discretionary Fund Mayor's Discretionary FundAnnual 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 funding

(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, and must occupy a facility that is situated on Council-owned or Council-controlled land.

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

One funding round per financial year.

Now closed 2017/18 financial year

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 $5,000
Sustainability Community SustainabilityProvides 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 June 2018. Closes 31 July 2018.
Min $500
Max $5,000
 Nature-based LearningProvides financial assistance to eligible schools to deliver nature-based learning excursions.1 round per year.

Opens 1 June 2018. Closes 31 July 2018.
Max. $2,000.

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Last updated: 23 November 2018