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Community Facility Grants Program

The Community Facility Grants Program is allocated funding each financial year to support community organisations to deliver capital projects on Council-controlled land where a community organisation holds a lease or licence.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • be a community organisation
  • operate within the Gold Coast
  • hold (or have approval from Council to hold) a lease or licence over Council-controlled land
  • not have any outstanding maintenance works or rectification notices pursuant to any leasehold interest over Council-controlled land
  • have an adequate level of public liability insurance for the project (where appropriate), and
  • not be an ineligible applicant.

Ineligible applicants are defined under Council’s Community Grants Policy as:

  • Council’s controlled entities
  • Placemakers Gold Coast Ltd.
  • Gold Coast Education and Training Network Incorporated
  • Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Ltd.
  • community organisations that receive funding raised via any special rate, separate levy or charge of Council (e.g. Volunteer Fire Brigade Charge) in the same financial year in which an application for grant funding is received under this policy
  • political advocacy groups or those who provide political donations
  • government bodies
  • political parties, chambers of commerce, industry association or body corporate
  • any community organisation that has an outstanding acquittal for grant funding received under this policy.

Project requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • a public interest benefit for the project
  • that the project has a defined outcome that will benefit residents of the Gold Coast
  • that all eligibility requirements have been met
  • that the project can be delivered within the timeframe and budget proposed in the community organisation’s application.

Program opening and closing dates

This is a rolling program with applications accepted from 1 August 2020 ongoing year round subject to funds being available. Please note funding is allocated annually as part of Council’s annual budget in June.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartGrants

Funding available

Applications from $5,000 to $250,000 are welcomed.

All approved grants will be subject to a deed of agreement outlining terms and conditions applicable.

Acquittal requirements

Projects that will be delivered over an agreed extended period (i.e. large construction) will be subject to monthly reporting via a reporting template. It will be expected that the applicant would update Council on the financial and non-financial progress of the project.

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

Any unspent or unacquitted funds must be returned to Council along with the acquittal report.

More information

Contact us: Community Facility Grants Program

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