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Noosa Council's Community and Environment Grants are intended to help organisations and individuals to meet community and environmental needs, build community skills and resilience and develop and maintain community infrastructure.

Grant Rounds

The next Noosa Council Community Grant Round 22 will open at 9:00am August 6, 2024 and close at 12 noon September 17, 2024. 

  • Noosa Council has grant programs for the Community, the Environment and for Economic Development each with their own Grant policies. The Economic Development grants are detailed here  and the Environment and Climate Change grant details can be found here.

    The Community Grants Policy [237KB], aligns with the Noosa Social Strategy. This policy covers several grants; the Community Project Grant, the Regional Arts Development Fund, Festive Season Event Grant, Three Year Signature Community Event Grant, Three Year Community Alliance Agreement, Three Year Maintenance Agreements, Water Rebates and Building Insurance Cover, all of which are listed below.

    The Environment Grants Policy, supports the delivery of the Noosa Environment Strategy. The program includes Project Grants and Alliance Grants, similar to the Community Grants Program. It also includes the Multi-year Environment Collaborative Grants, which are designed to encourage collaboration between different community groups, as well as with Council, in delivery of significant environmental outcomes.

    Grants Assessment Process

    Noosa Council use an online grants administration program to coordinate the management of their grant programs.

    STAGE 1

    Grants Open and Close



    STAGE 2

    Allocation of Submissions

    Council staff are allocated grants that fall within their area of expertise

    STAGE 3


    The Grants Officer assesses eligibility


    STAGE 4

    Departmental Feedback

    Feedback is sought on applications from other Council Departments

    STAGE 5


    Council staff assess grants that do not fall within their area of expertise

    STAGE 6

    Moderators Meeting

    A panel of senior staff consider all assessment feedback and determine funding values for recommendation to Council

    STAGE 7

    Council Report

    A report is then written by a Senior staff member to Council for consideration.

    STAGE 8

    Council Meetings

    Councillors consider and approve funding recommendations.

    STAGE 9

    Funding Notifications and Agreements

    Successful and unsuccessful notifications are sent to applicants. A funding agreement is offered to successful applicants

    For more information call the Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6500 or email

  • The Community Grant is open twice per year to not-for-profit incorporated organisations who can establish their need for a funding contribution to projects which would benefit the Noosa community or environment. 

    These grants typically contribute to projects and events which align with the Noosa Social Strategy

    Other strategies and plans to reference are found in the Grant Guidelines.

    Guidelines and forms:

    Community Project Grant  Grant Round 21 Grant Round 22
    Accepting applications 9am, 1 February 2024 9.00am,  6 August 2024
    Closing date 12noon, 14 March 2024 12noon, 17 September 2024
    Results announced June 2024  November 2024
    Project delivery period 1st July 2024 - 30th June 2025 1st January 2025 - 31st December 2025
    Acquittal will be due Within 30 days of project completion Within 30 days of project completion

    Previous recipients:

  • Council recognises the important contributions young people and community organisations make to the inclusiveness, sustainability and vibrancy of our community.  Youth Response Grants are now available through a special one-off out of round grant funding program. The aims of the grant are:

    • support community organisations to better engage with youth across the Shire
    • provide avenues for young people to guide the development of activities and programs related to their sector
    • provide services, activities and events that support the needs of young people
    • create opportunities for young peope to develop new connections

    The Youth Response Grants Program will foster a community-wide partnership approach to addressing social, cultural, environmental and economic matters concerning young people, and aims to support youth-led creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, active citizenship and social cohesion. Projects funded under the Youth Grants Program would need to demonstrate how they will involve young people throughout the different stages of the project, from issues identification, to design, delivery and review.

    Guidelines and forms:

    Youth Response Grant  Grant Round
    Accepting applications

    9.00am, 1 February 2024

    Closing date

    12noon, 29 February 2024

    Results announced

    26 March 2024 

    Submit Funding Agreement 

    No later than 30 May 2024

    Project delivery period

    30 March 2024 to 30 March 2025

    Acquittal will be due

    Within 30 days of project completion


  • Find out about what grants are available under Council's Environment and Climate Change grant program.

  • Find out about Council's Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants 

  • For information about grants for Business please visit our Business and Economic Development grants pages.

  • These grants fund signature events and festive season events for three consecutive years. To be eligible to apply, a not-for-profit incorporated community organisation must have an established track record of hosting a signature or festive season event that provides significant benefit to the Noosa community, can demonstrate value for money, and the event must closely align with relevant Council strategic goals and identified key initiatives. 

    Furthermore applicants need to demonstrate their need for funding, provide an achievable project plan and a detailed budget. Eligible expenses include hire of equipment, temporary structures, professional services and promotion and advertising of the event and traffic management plans including traffic control services.

    The renewal of these agreements will be negotiated three months prior to their expiry, following an invitation to continue from Council. As part of its annual budget process Council will consider whether or not to invite additional events to be considered for funding under this program. Recipients of this grant are ineligible for Three-Year Community Alliance Agreements and Three Year Maintenance Agreements.

  • Expressions of Interest are invited from eligible not for profit community organisations whose services provide significant benefit to the Noosa community (beyond their membership); demonstrate value for money; and closely align with Council’s strategic goals and identified key initiatives. 

    Here are the Community Alliance Agreement Guidelines and a sample of the Expression of Interest form.

    Council will establish funding amounts for the individual Three-Year Community Alliance Agreements as part of its annual budget process. Recipients will be required to provide an annual acquittal (including audited financial statements) and a progress report demonstrating delivery of agreed outcomes.

  • These agreements will expire in 2024. Annual acquittals are due each July.

    Maintenance and management of community halls or centres

    Sports field maintenance

  • Council now covers the cost of building insurance for eligible not-for-profit incorporated community organisations (as defined in the Community Grants Community Grants Policy) with facilities built on Council owned or controlled land.

  • Council will administer the Water Rebate each year. The rebate calculations will be based on Unitywater access and usage charges which fall into the financial year. Eligible organisations will be emailed and asked to provide their Unitywater bill which covers water usage and access commencing after 1 July that year to

    Background: From 1st July 2016 Noosa Council will fund Unitywater fixed water and sewerage access charges and limited usage charges for eligible not-for-profit incorporated organisations in the Shire. At Council's Ordinary Meeting on 11 February 2016, Councillors adopted a new Community Grants Policy which included this initiative.

  • If a grant application is successful, the recipient is required to acknowledge Noosa Council's contribution to the activity that is being funded.

    The relevant Deed of Funding Agreement clause says: 'To acknowledge assistance from Noosa Council in press releases and promotional material, using Council's logo and the words 'Our project has been supported by Noosa Council'. The Council's logos and instructions on their use are on the Noosa Council website at funding acknowledgement page. The logos are to be used in any promotional material, media advertising and signage relating to the proposal during the funding period except for infrastructure projects which should be acknowledged for the life of the funded infrastructure.'

  • All grant recipients are obligated to acquit grants on time. The due date for the acquittal is on the front page of the funding agreement however it is within 30 days of the completion of the project, event or end of funding/project delivery period, whichever happens first.

    At the appropriate time you will be asked to complete the acquittal online (SmartyGrants). For any questions call the Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6437 or via email.

  • Grant Account Creation-Change Form [212KB] - Successful grant applicants will need a Grant Account set up in Noosa Council's financie system before they can receive a grant payment. If you have not received a Noosa Council grant before or your organisation’s bank details have changed then you will need lodge a Grant Account Creation-Change Form. To verify the bank account details you must also provide a bank statement showing the relevant section identifying BSB, Account Number & Name or a stamped and signed certified letter from your bank detailing your BSB & Account Number. These are compulsory fraud prevention measures.

    Valid Invoice Check List - Noosa Council cannot pay invalid invoices. Please use this check list to ensure your invoice for your grant is valied.

    Doing building works on Council owned or controlled land? Find out more here. To proceed complete the form Checklist for New Works - Community Organisations

    Council recommends your organisation completes a Risk Management Plan.  An example of a simple Risk Management Plan can be found Sample Risk Management Plan.


  • For questions about any grants for not-for-profit community organisations including the above Council grants, call the Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6500 or email.