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Community Activity Grants

Is your local not for profit community group looking for financial assistance to aid with community activities, festivals and events or individuals with National achievement? A Community Activity Grant provides funding to not-for-profit organisations that are supporting self-sustainable activities, events and individual national sporting achievements. 

The Hinchinbrook Shire Council recognises the value in providing support to such community activities and offers quarterly grants throughout the year to help support local community groups. 

Categories of grant funding available

Council’s aim is to support a variety of not for profit organisations and activities throughout the Shire by offering financial assistance or sponsorship in the following categories:

  • Community High Achiever;
  • Community Group Support;
  • Community Activity;
  • Moderate Event; 
  • Major Event; and
  • Signature Regionally Significant Event.

Important Dates

For financial assistance within the 2022-2023 financial year the application periods are outlined below. 

Assistance* or Event date (between) Application Open Date Application Close Date Status 
1 April 2022 - 30 September 2022 10 January 2022 28 January 2022 CLOSED
1 July 2022 - 31 January 2023 4 April 2022 29 April 2022 CLOSED
1 February 2023 - 30 June 2023 16 November 2022 14 December 2022 CLOSED
1 July 2023 - 31 December 2023 5 April 2023 30 April 2023 CLOSED

*Community organisations seeking funding for general financial assistance, can place their application in any of the stated periods.


To be considered eligible for a Community Activity Grant an organisation or individual must:

  • Reside within the Hinchinbrook Shire;
  • Operate within the Hinchinbrook Shire by way of a demonstrated client base, membership base or similar;
  • Be not-for-profit (Council may request the submission of the most recent annual financial report or other documentation to demonstrate this criteria);
  • Enhance opportunities for community inclusion including community benefit;
  • Enhance civic pride and sense of place derived from the community activities including a willingness to work co-operatively with other organisations;
  • Share expected outcomes of the Community Activity;
  • Source support for the Community Activity, including but not limited to cash and labour support;
  • Abide by requirements of each activity category;
  • Demonstrate level of benefit to the community;
  • Submit previous event acquittal forms;
  • Enhance opportunities for local economic activity including locally sourced supplies, materials and services. This includes the flow on economic benefit to sectors such as accommodation providers, service providers and the like; and
  • Complete the Community Activity Grants Application Form.

The level of assistance available through the program is limited by the Council’s Annual Budget and its priorities identified in its plans and strategies. Applications for funding are not guaranteed nor is it guaranteed the applicant will be awarded the full amount requested. It is important that each applicant consider these limitations when preparing the request for assistance.

Categories of grant funding available

COMMUNITY HIGH ACHIEVER N/A Costs associated with travel and or registration. N/A Hinchinbrook Community N/A N/A $250 individuals
$700 for teams of 3 or more individuals
COMMUNITY GROUP SUPPORT Minimum 1 year N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Up to $1,000
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY Minimum 1 year Free entry; and
Some pay as you consume charges.
Minimum of 25 Hinchinbrook Community Shire Marketing Minimum of four hours Up to $2,000
MODERATE EVENT 3 years plus Entrance fee usually charged Minimum of 300 300km drive radius Limited marketing activity within the Shire Minimum of four hours. Primarily a single event, may have additional features Between $2,000 and $5,000
MAJOR EVENT 5 years plus Entrance fee usually charged Minimum of 1,000 300km drive radius Funded marketing activity within and external to the Hinchinbrook Shire Minimum of one day/night 8 hours Up to $15,000
SIGNATURE REGIONALLY SIGNIFICANT EVENT 5 years plus Entrance fee usually charged Minimum of 5,000 300km drive radius Professionally developed, funded marketing campaign min cost of $5,000. With targeted activity in the Shire and Regionally. Multiple days (minimum two days)
Multiple events within a larger program
Up to $30,000

How to apply

In order to apply for a Community Activity Grant, please download the Community Activity Grant Application:

  • Read the Policy carefully before completing this application;
  • Application/s should be typed or neatly handwritten;
  • ALL questions must be answered;
  • Remember to KEEP A COPY of your application/s and list of enclosures for acquittal purposes;
  • Incomplete applications will NOT be assessed;
  • For a more detailed description of your event further papers may be attached;
  • DO NOT bind your applications. Staple at left hand top corner only.

For more details on eligibility requirements please refer to the Community Activity Grants Application Form or Contact us