Community Event Grants Program

The Community Event Grants Program (including annual community events) is a divisionally based program that allocates funding each financial year to support community organisations to deliver divisional/local events that are open to the public and are in the public interest.

Funding for Community Event Grants is made in accordance with the Community Grants Policy. Community organisations are asked to review the Policy prior to application to ensure they meet eligibility and requirements.

If your event is a city-wide focussed event (attendees from all over the Gold Coast), applications should be directed to the City-wide Grants Program and not the Community Events Grants Program which is divisionally supported and funded.

Where a city-wide focussed event is conducted at the Broadwater Parklands it is unlikely to be supported by a Community Event Grant from Division 6 funds. These funds are designed for small and medium-sized community-based events, conducted in Division 6 (Southport, Benowa, Bundall, Chirn Park and Ashmore), that are targeted towards people in the local area.

Who can apply

Applicants must:

  • be a community organisation
  • operate within the Gold Coast
  • have an adequate level of public liability insurance for the project.
  • not be an ineligible applicant.

Ineligible applicants are defined under City of Gold Coast's Community Grants Policy.

Event requirements

Applicants must be able to:

  • demonstrate that the event is open to the public to attend
  • demonstrate that members of the public are not restricted in attending this event (not withstanding COVID-19 restrictions)
  • demonstrate the primary purpose of the event is a general community benefit and not to benefit the community organisation itself (for example, annual awards night would not be supported)
  • demonstrate the event will benefit residents of the Gold Coast
  • deliver the event within 12 months of the date of remittance of funds.

Events must not:

  • restrict members of the general public from attending the event
  • be funded from other Council sources
  • be used for repayment of a debt
  • be for the sole purpose of fundraising for transfer to a third party
  • have been delivered prior to remittance of funds.

Acquittal requirements

All grants provided under this program must be acquitted by 30 June in the financial year that the grant is awarded or in accordance with the funding agreement.

Any unspent or unacquitted funds must be returned to City along with the acquittal report(PDF, 104KB)

How to apply

Applications for the Community Event Grants Program are currently open and are accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis. Please note that funding allocated may be exhausted prior to the end of the financial year.

Note: Applications must be received at least one month prior to the event date to allow time for processing.

Applications from $250 to $50,000 are welcomed. Any applications over $20,000 must be submitted at least 3 months before the event date to allow time to present at Council. Applicants should consider if they are more suited to the City-wide Grants Program.

Please review the Community Grants Policy prior to application to ensure you meet eligibility and requirements.

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Community Grants Officer