Emergency & Extraordinary Grants Program

The caretaker period for the 2024 Local Government Elections is expected to start on 29 January 2024 and will end no earlier than 26 March 2024.

During the caretaker period community grant applications are unable to be received or considered and we encourage community organisations to plan ahead to avoid disruption to projects being undertaken between 29 January and 30 April 2024.

The Emergency & Extraordinary Grants Program is intended to help community organisations that can demonstrate a need for emergency funding due to an unexpected cost or safety risk to the organisation. An application may also be considered where a community organisation is presented with an opportunity which cannot be progressed without additional funding (such as co-funding a federal grant or competing at a special event or competition).

Applications will only be considered if a community organisation can demonstrate the requirement for funding was unforeseen and therefore warrants consideration by Council (or its delegate) outside of its competitive funding programs.

Funding for Emergency & Extraordinary Grants Program is made in accordance with the Community Grants Policy. Community groups are asked to review the policy prior to application to ensure they meet eligibility and requirements.

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 (where appropriate)
  • not be an ineligible applicant.

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

Project requirements

Applicants should not have received an emergency or extraordinary grant from Council within the previous 12 months and must be able to:

  • demonstrate the requirement for the grant has arisen due to emergency or extraordinary circumstances
  • demonstrate the provision of the grant is in the public interest
  • demonstrate the grant will benefit residents of the Gold Coast
  • demonstrate why a competitive grant application cannot be submitted via other programs under this policy
  • complete the project within 12 months of the date of remittance of funds.

Ineligible projects

Projects must not be:

  • funded under another program within this policy
  • part of the ordinary course of operations or business of the community organisation
  • funded from other Council sources
  • used for repayment of a debt
  • for the sole purpose of fundraising for transfer to a third party
  • commenced prior to remittance of funds.

Acquittal requirements

All projects funded by the Emergency & Extraordinary Grants Program must be acquitted within 8 weeks of project completion.

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

How to apply

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

Applications from $1000 to $5000 are welcomed.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants.

Apply now

Contact us

Community Grants Officer
Email: communitygrants@goldcoast.qld.gov.au