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Grants and Funding

For information and details on Tender and Procurement opportunities available, please visit our Current Tender and Procurement Opportunities page

RDA Grant Finder 

Regional Development Australia’s Grant Finder is a free, customised grant funding tool linking the right people with the right grant opportunities, at the right time.

RDA’s vision is for a prosperous, sustainable, cohesive, and liveable region. They cover 15 Local Government Areas, east from Palm Island and across the North-west Queensland Corridor to Mt Isa, Boulia and Burketown.

The Grant Finder is a direct portal to billions of dollars in grants and is FREE for all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals.

Grants are an excellent source of funding to enable ideas to become reality and support our communities to grow, evolve and prosper.

Search for grants available to you or register and never miss another opportunity!

Click here to visit the RDA GRANT FINDER


Non-Council Grant Opportunities

Active Kids Grants

The Active Kids Grants are available for volunteer-run community clubs and organisations with members aged 20 years or younger.

Grants will be awarded in the form of free sports equipment and on-field or training uniforms, to be supplied by ASF partners HART Sport and ISC.

The grant round opens 9.00am Wednesday 7 September 2022 and closes 4.00pm Friday 7 October 2022.

Click here for the Active Kids Grants

Queensland Remembers Grants Program

Applications are now open for Round Two of the Queensland Remembers Grants Program. Under this program, the Queensland Government has committed $4 million over three annual rounds to enable eligible organisations to deliver projects or events that support Queensland veterans and their families.

  • Minor Capital Works Grants Program (up to $50,000 excluding GST per grant) to deliver minor capital works programs, such as repairs to or maintenance of buildings or facilities and the purchase of equipment; 
  • Major Capital Works Grants Program (between $50,000 to $250,000 excluding GST per grant) to deliver major capital works programs, such as internal building refurbishments or upgrades, improving access for people with a disability or upgrading communal meeting areas; and
  • Community Grants Program (up to $50,000 excluding GST per grant) to assist communities in delivering commemorative activities and events and refurbishing or creating avenues of honour, war memorials and memorial gardens. Local Councils are welcome to apply for funding in the Community Grants Program.

Applications close at 5.00pm Tuesday 4 October 2022.

Click here for the Queensland Remembers Grants.

Volunteer Grants Program 2022-2023

Great news for local volunteers and community groups! Applications for up to $5,000 in Federal Government funding are available under the2022-2023 Volunteer Grants program.

These grants can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or for the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport, and training costs. Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for funding between $1,000 and $5,000. 

Eligible grant activities:

  • Small equipment to benefit volunteers
  • Transport costs
  • Fuel costs
  • Training
  • Background screening checks
  • Awareness and participation opportunities
  • Safety improvements

The program has a two-stage application process as follows:

  1. Contact your local Federal Member and ask them for an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Complete and return the EOI, together with your supporting documentation and email back to your Member by 5.00pm 16 September 2022; and
  2. Following a panel process, selected organisations will progress to stage two and be invited to submit a full application for the funding round through an online portal.
Gambling Community Benefit Fund

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) distributes revenue from gaming taxes to various not-for-profit community groups throughout Queensland and invites all eligible organisations to submit grant applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund during the application periods noted below.

The Standard Grant Round will open mid September 2022 and close Monday 31 October 2022.

Click here for the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) – Strengthening Rural Communities 

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities Program grant gives the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly. 

Click here for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities Grant.

Funding Round 14 Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 30 August 2022.

The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP)

The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.  QDEP offers two types of funding for regional events:

  • Destination event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year); and
  • Significant event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year).

Funding can be used for marketing costs, strategic plan development, engagement of short-term specialised personnel and hire of temporary infrastructure.

Funding Round 23 opens in July 2022 and closes in October 2022 for eligible event dates between May 2023 and May 2024.

Funding Round 24 opens in November 2022 and closes in February 2023 for eligible event dates between September 2023 and September 2024.

Click here for the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) Grants.

NAB Foundation Community Grants

NAB Foundation Community Grants fund local projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters. 

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for community-led projects that do one or more of the following:

  • Readiness: Help communities (people, environments, infrastructure) prepare for natural disasters;
  • Recovery: Help communities, landscapes and fauna rebuild and rehabilitate after natural disasters; and
  • Future-proofing: Reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions.

2022 Round 2 opens Friday 11 March 2022 and successful grantees will be notified in October 2022.

Click here for the NAB Foundation Community Grants.

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences with grants from $10,000 to $50,000,

Click here for the Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups Grant which closes Tuesday 6 September 2022.

Australian Communities Foundation Grant

The Australian Communities Foundation Grant supports projects targeting environment, conservation, climate change, and community and economic development. The Australian Communities Foundation as a broker of change, showcase granting opportunities so their community of givers can be inspired to support initiatives that are aligned with their interests.

Note: The applying organisation must be a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Click here for the Australian Communities Foundation Grant which provides ongoing funding.

Department of State Development

For a list of available grants for the region, please click on the links provided below which will take you to the Regional Development Australia (RDA) website.

Click here for Grants - RDA collates information on upcoming grants from government, corporate, philanthropic and private sectors.

Department of Social Services

For a list of available grants, please click on the link provided below which will take you to the Community Grants Hub website. 

Click here to visit the Community Grants Hub.

Sporting and Recreational Grants

Sporting and Recreational grants are listed below. Please note that application processes are available through the respective link and not through Council. 

Click here for Ausport Local Sporting Champions Grant

Click here for Sports and Recreation Planning Program

Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program

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.

Click here for more information on Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (SRDRP).

Other Grants

See below links for Non-Council Grants available through other Departments/Government Organisations. Please note that application processes are available through the respective link and not through Council. 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal 

Budget Direct - Sponsorships Solved

AMP Tomorrow Fund - Annual 

Business Grant and Funding Opportunities

Business Boost Grant Program

Small businesses seeking to improve their productivity and efficiency are encouraged to apply for a Business Boost Grant of up to $15,000. 

Previous Business Boost Grant recipients used the funding to introduce online booking systems, redevelop their website, develop a customised workplace health and safety system and train their staff.

Businesses will need to co-contribute at least 30% of the total cost of their proposed project with grant funding paid following completion of the project.

To apply for grant funding, a new two-stage application process has been introduced:

Stage 1 – From 9.00am Friday 12 August to midnight Friday 19 August small businesses can register interest in the grant program by completing a simple online form that collects basic business information.

Stage 2 – A number of businesses will be selected through a ballot process and invited to complete a full application. All valid registrations of interest will have an equal opportunity of being selected. All businesses that have registered will be informed of the outcome of this stage.

Businesses invited to complete an application will have two weeks to submit.  

Click here for the Business Boost Grant Program.

Business Growth Fund Program

The Business Growth Fund (BGF) targets high-growth businesses who can accelerate growth, drive Queensland's economy and employ more Queenslanders.

Round 4 opens 9am Tuesday 31 May 2022. 

Click here for the Business Growth Fund Program.

Back to Work

Support payments of up to $20,000 are available for eligible employers who hire eligible unemployed jobseekers or hire an eligible young unemployed Queenslander.

Click here for the Back to Work Program.

Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program

The Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program provides opportunities for manufacturers to become more productive and create jobs through technology adoption, skills and training, business development and advanced robotic manufacturing hub services.

Click here for the Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program which closes on Monday 20 June 2022.

Northern Australia Development Program: Northern Australia Industry Transformation Grant

The Northern Australia Development Program: Northern Australia Industry Transformation Grant funds enterprises in Northern Australia to establish a new industry or significantly grow the value of an existing industry.

Click here for the Northern Australia Development Program: Northern Australia Industry Transformation Grant which closes on Tuesday 24 October 2023.

Small Business Grants Schedule

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training administers grants and programs to help Queensland small business continue to recover, grow and thrive by committing grant funds for businesses to increase key capabilities, embrace innovation, and assist high-growth businesses to capitalise on opportunities.

Click here to view the Small Business Grants Schedule.

Queensland Government Business Grants and Program Finder

The Business Queensland website business.gov.au is a whole-of-government website for the Australian business community. It is a simple and convenient entry point for information, services and support to help businesses succeed in Australia.

Click here to view the Grants and Programs Finder.

Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance 

Business Queensland provides a range of information and contacts for businesses affected by natural disasters. It includes details of grants and loans available under the joint Australian and Queensland Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements where they are available.

Click here to view the Business Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance.

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) Small Business Grants

Find support for Queensland small businesses to recover, grow and thrive.

Click here to view the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training Small Business grants.

Advance Queensland Programs

Advance Queensland programs and funds are listed below to help you find the support your need.

Click here to view the Advance Queensland Programs opportunities. Queensland Government and Australian Government support options are also listed.

Government Loans

In addition to grants, the Queensland Government offers First Start Loans for primary production and commercial fishing which can provide you with finance up to $2,000,000 to assist you in the early years of establishing your enterprise.

For more information, click here to visit the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority First Start Loan.

Other Grants

See below links for Non-Council Grants available through other Departments/Government Organisations. Please note that application processes are available through the respective link and not through Council. 

The Queensland Government website lists Queensland, Australian, Local Government and other grants. Click here to view.

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