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Emergency and Extraordinary Grants Program

The Emergency and Extraordinary Grants Program is allocated funding each financial year to provide an emergency or extraordinary source of grant funding for community organisations who meet the program requirements.

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

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 requirement for the grant has arisen due to emergency or extraordinary circumstances
  • not have received an emergency or extraordinary grant from Council within the previous 12 months
  • demonstrate that the provision of the grant is in the public interest
  • demonstrate that 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.

Program opening and closing dates

Applications for the Emergency and Extraordinary Grants Program open on 1 August 2020 and are accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis however, please note that funding allocated may be exhausted prior the end of the financial year.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartGrants

Funding available

Applications from $1,000 to $5,000 are welcomed.

Acquittal requirements

All projects funded by the Emergency and Extraordinary 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 Grants Administrator

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