Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program is a highly competitive program that provides funding each financial year to support community organisations to deliver projects which provide city-wide benefits to Gold Coast residents. The program is specifically focused on projects that deliver broad community benefit; therefore, if your community organisation's project is divisionally focused, please apply via the Discretionary Grants Program.

The Community Grants Program run 2 funding rounds per year. Funding decisions are made by Council decision.

Grant funding under this program is allocated in accordance with the Community Grants Policy. Community organisations must review the policy prior to submitting an application to ensure eligibility requirements are met. Ineligible applications will not be considered (including those applications that have a divisional focus or do not propose projects that benefit the whole of the city).

Please note: Applicants are strongly advised to review their application prior to submission to ensure it demonstrates how the delivery of the project will benefit the whole of the Gold Coast and its residents. Projects proposing a divisionally focused project or providing a benefit to a small number of individuals will not be considered for this program.

Who can apply for a community grant?

Applicants must:

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

Ineligible applicants are defined under Council's Community Grants Policy.

Project requirements

Applicants must be able to:

  • demonstrate a public interest benefit for the project
  • demonstrate the project has a defined outcome that will benefit residents of the Gold Coast
  • complete the project within 12 months of the date of remittance of funds (unless Council has resolved to enter into an Multiple Year Funding Agreement).

Acquittal requirements

All projects funded by the Community Grants Program must be acquitted within 8 weeks of project completion or 12 months from the date of approval of funds (whichever is earlier).

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

How to apply

Applications for Community Grants Program and are received via 2 rounds.

Opening date Closing date
Round 1 1 July 31 July
Round 2 1 January 31 January

The maximum grant amount for this program is $20,000; however, given the high demand for funding from this program, the average grant amount is between $1000 and $5,000. Minimum and maximum grant amounts do not apply to applications for Multiple Year Funding Agreements.

Application forms will become available on this page when the next round opens.

Contact us

Community Grants Administrator