Community grants

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

Note:

  • Limited funds are available through a competitive process.
  • Applications are determined according to funding criteria and merit.
  • Applicants must use the correct form and follow the grant guidelines.
  • Applicants are to contact Council officers prior to submitting an application form. (Refer to grant information below for relevant contact details.)
  • Submission of an application is not a guarantee of success.
CategoryGrantSummaryDatesAmount
Arts and Cultural Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Promotes professional development and employment of artists in regional Queensland

The 2019-20 Major round is now closed. 

Small grants open all year to extent of available funds.
Individually assessed
  Arts and Cultural Assistance (venue hire and resources only – not cash)

Encourages the 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: Applicants are to contact Council’s Cultural Services Arts & Cultural Grants Coordinator on 4032 6603 prior to submission. 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*). Venue hire and resources only (not cash) to min. value of $500, max. value of
$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.

* Note: Applicants are to contact Council’s Cultural Services Arts & Cultural Grants Coordinator on 4032 6603 prior to submission.

Closed for 2020-21 financial year. Cash or advice Min $1,000 Max $50,000
Capital worksCouncillors Discretionary Funds

Provides the Mayor and Councillors with discretionary funds that can be allocated to Capital Works of Council, for a community purpose.

Open all year to extent of available funds$50,000 per elected member
Events Christmas 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.

Closed for 2020. Cash and/or in kind.
  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.

Details to be confirmed In Kind only
Max $5,000
  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 the extent of available funding
(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.

Details to be confirmed 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.

Open all year to extent of available funding

(See note*)
Cash and/or in kind
Min $5,000
Max $15,000
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.

Details to be confirmed.

Assistance only.
  Go Clubs
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.
Details to be confirmed Assistance only.
  Go Clubs
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.

Details to be confirmed In Kind only
Min $500
Max $5,000
Sustainability Community Sustainability

Not-for-profit groups can apply for up to $5000 for projects that deliver renewable energy, waste reduction, low carbon travel, sustainable food production, biodiversity improvements or community education.

Opens 1 August 2020.
Closes 31 August 2020
Max $5,000
  Nature-based Learning

Council’s Nature-based Learning Grant provides up to $2000 for school excursions that connect children with nature in a way that results in a greater awareness and appreciation of sustainable living and the natural world.

Opens 1 August 2020.
Closes 31 August 2020
Max $2,000
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Last updated: 05 August 2020