Community grants

Council provides grant funding to community organisations to financially support their projects which deliver measurable outcomes aligned to the City Vision.

These funds are provided across the Community Projects Program, Community Arts Program and the Community Partnerships Fund.

Our Community Grants Policy outlines the objectives and eligibility criteria for a community grant to be provided to community organisations by Council.

Community Projects Program

The Community Projects Program is a rolling non-competitive grants program that receives applications throughout the year.

The program comprises 4 categories:

  • Community services and development
  • Community activations
  • Equipment and resources
  • Capital works

Applications will be assessed and determined within 4 weeks of being received.

Please note the 2023–24 round has closed. The 2024–25 round will open from 1 July 2024.

To review the Program Guidelines and to apply:

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Discretionary Grants Program

The Discretionary Grants Program is allocated funding each financial year to support community organisations to deliver projects primarily intended to benefit a particular divisional area and its residents. Funds administer under the Discretionary Grants Program are considered discretionary funds pursuant to the City’s Community Grants Policy and s202 of the Local Government Regulation.

In 2024-25, each Councillor, including the Mayor, has $40,997 available to allocate to projects with a community purpose and applications from $250 to $5,000 are welcomed.

An entity may only submit one application to the Discretionary Grants Program per financial year.

Applications open: Late 2024
Applications close: Late 2024

Notice of availability

This notice is issued pursuant to 201b(4) of the Local Government Regulation 2012.

Date of availability notice Date of Council Budget Adoption Total amount budgeted for the financial year as Council's discretionary funds Prescribed amount for Council for the financial year Total amount of discretionary funds budgeted for the financial year for councillors to allocate for each of the following purposes: Amount of discretionary funds budgeted for use by each councillor for the financial year for each of the following purposes:
1 July 2024 7 June 2024 $614,955 $614,955 Capital works of the local government that are for a community purpose: $0 Capital works of the local government that are for a community purpose: $0
Other community purposes: $614,955 Other community purposes: $40,997

Notice of allocation

Notice of successful grants and community groups will be updated once allocations are made.

See our funded discretionary grants report for information about the recipients of these funds:

Contact us

Email: communitygrants@goldcoast.qld.gov.au