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Discretionary Grants Program

The Discretionary Grants Program is allocated funding each financial year to support community organisations to deliver projects with a community purpose. Funding for this program is allocated via one funding round per financial year.

Funds administered under the Discretionary Grants Program are considered to be discretionary funds pursuant to section 109 of the Local Government Act 2009 and section 202 of the Local Government Regulation 2012. Discretionary funds are budgeted for a community purpose and allocated by the Councillor at the Councillor’s discretion. Under this policy, a Councillor may only use their budgeted discretionary funds to allocate a grant to a community organisation for a community purpose.

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), 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 (excluding primary and secondary schools)
  • 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 that the project is for a community purpose
  • have applied for funds in the way stated in the availability notice
  • deliver a project with a defined outcome that will benefit residents of the Gold Coast, and
  • complete the project within 12 months of the date of remittance of funds.

Notice of availability

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

Council of the City of Gold Coast – availability of discretionary funds 2020–21

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: The amount of discretionary funds budgeted for use by each councillor for the financial year for each of the following purposes:
1 July 2020 22 June 2020 $526,770 $526,781 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: $526,770 Other community purposes: $35,118
Community organisations may apply for the allocation of discretionary funds via the Councillors' Discretionary Grants Program.

Program opening and closing dates

Applications for the Discretionary Grants Program 2020-21 were open from Monday 17 August 2020 to Friday 18 September 2020.

Discretionary Grants Program Opening date Closing date
Round 1 17 August 2020 18 September 2020

Notice of allocation

Notice of successful grants and community groups will be updated once assessments are made and endorsed by Council.

In 2019-20, funding of $586,578.00 was provided to community organisations. See our funded discretionary grants page for information about the recipients of these funds.

Funding available

Applications from $250 to $10,000 are welcomed.

Acquittal requirements

All projects funded by the Discretionary Grants Program over $500 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.

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