More Grants & Guidance

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Searching for grant opportunities can seem like a daunting task but it is well worth the investment of time and effort.

Noosa Council not only provides a range of grants to meet identified needs in our community but we can also provide advice to non-profit organisations on a wide range of funding and grant opportunities.

For assistance contact the Community Development team via Council's customer service centre on (07) 5329 6500 or email grants.

You are invited to join a free Webinar

Hosted by Regional Development Australia, Sunshine Coast.

When: 12noon 28 May, 2020   Register here in advance

This FREE webinar is ideal for any not-for-profit organisations and community groups interested in finding out more about grant funding that is currently available, Covid-19 Grant changes, how you can prepare for future grants funding, what funding exists and how you can use it to support your organisation.

Get the inside story on finding funding, sharing strategies and approaches to grant writing, how to avoid the most common grant application mistakes, save yourself time, and build collaborations that last. It includes pointers for compiling a grant budget, project planning and feasibility.

For further information contact Madalene Bettega via 

  • The websites below are a good place to start searching for grant opportunities:

  • Grants in Australia: Management and Accountability Made Easy for Not-for-Profit Organisations has been written in response to community and professional calls for an up-to-date, straightforward guide for not-for-profit bodies to manage government grants and satisfy accountability requirements.

  • These are just some of the grants open. Go to the searching links above to find more.

    COVID-19 – Immediate Support Measures - closes 1 June 2020 - Not For Profits in healthcare - to support emergent delicne in mental health; harm reduction services; community palliative care services; adapt service delivery models, including IT minor assets supports like computers, mobile phones and internet access and more. 

    Queensland Government – Queensland bushfire: Round One funding grants - closes 6 June 2020 - up to $50,000 or $100,000 - for entities located in Noosa Shire Council area - to reduce future risks and inimise community dependence on government assistance, enhance self-efficacy and community efficacy, minimise negative impacts and embrace opportunities, promote connectedness, encourage support networks and social inclusion, support and promote opportunities for sustainable economic recovery, support business and service provider continuity, promote preparedness and resilience to future disasters.

    COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart - closes 17 June - $2000 grants - to sport or active recreation organisations so they can restart and continue delivery of physical activity opportunities to the Queensland community post-COVID-19.

    RACQ Foundation Community Funding - closing 19 June - up to $50,000 - for community organisations affected by natural disasters. Guidelines and Application form.

    Sunsuper ‘Dreams for a Better World 2020’ Community Grants - closing 26 June 2020 - up to $10,000 - for Not For Profits - categories: Better Living: It may be a community project to help rebuild after a natural disaster, create more affordable housing or help our ageing population; Brighter Futures: Funding for education initiatives or to create jobs for those in need; Active Community: Sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community.

    Energy Efficient Communities Program - closes 30 June 2020 BUT contact your Federal Member of Parliament without delay to discuss your project idea - up to $12,500.

    Sponsorships Solved from Budget Direct - up to $5,000 - for registered organisations or associations that: 
    provide local or statewide community services; run community awareness and education programs; promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs); advocate for road safety; provide emergency services; support in need or at-risk Australians; help build strong, vibrant communities.

    Gambling Community Benefit Fund - Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program, distributing approximately $55 million per year across five rounds which close 28 February (29 February in a leap year), 30 April, 30 June, 31 August, 31 October each year. Not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland can apply for grants from $500 to $35,000 through the GCBF.

    The Queensland Mental Health Commission invites applications up to $10,000 for sponsorship that support achievement of better mental health outcomes for Queenslanders quarterly. Applications for financial sponsorship are assessed against assessment criteria four times a year, with rounds closing on 28 February, 31 May, 31 August and 30 November.

    Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation - Ongoing - minimum $20,000 - Community Wellbeing – to contribute to a stronger and brighter future for Australians, particularly those experiencing significant disadvantage such as Rural and regional populations, Refugees and asylum seekers, Older Australians.

  • Grants Network and Nibbles Night - 4 March, 2020

    Here is a compilation of the presentations for GNNN 7, held in March 2020. The speakers were:Kevin Harris Bunnings Group Ltd, Complex Mgr, on Noosa Community Involvement; Cheryl Pattison NSC, Community Development Officer on Noosa Council's Community & Environment Project Grant; Andrew Feichter LiveLife Pharmacy, Noosa Fair, on LiveLife Community Support Program; Alison Hamblin NSC for Gambling Community Benefit Fund What’s New with GCBF; Carolyn Bullen about Economic Development Noosa Council's Economic Development Grants; Kim Cummins NSC, Grants Officer on Searching for Grants; Tania Lewis Qld Dept Housing, Homelessness & Sport, Advisor on  Activate! Queensland and Cheryl Pattison NSC, Community Development Officer on Top Tips for Grant Applicants. 

    RDA Grants for Growth - June 2019

    Here is the presentation for the workshop 'Adopting an evidence-based approach to grant writing using'. The speakers were Sarah Wetton, Research & Grants Coordinator (Regional Development Australia), Rob Hall, Lead Economic Consultant (.id - the population experts) and Kerrieanne Haggie, Industry Advancement Leader, Tourism, Sport & Leisure and Major Projects (Sunshine Coast Council).

    Grants, Network and Nibbles Night - 30 July, 2019

    Here is a compilation of the presentations for the GNNN6 held Tuesday 30th July, 2019. The speakers were: Noosa Council Grants Officer - Community & Environment Grants Program; Chris Bond –Australian Sports Foundation; Belinda Simonsen –Regional Arts Development Fund; Daniel Phipps –Deptof Environment and Health; Carolyn Bullen –Noosa Council id.profile; Melissa Stanford –Deptof Housing & Public Works -Sport & Recreation; Alison Hamblin –Gambling Community Benefit Fund; and Anne Nolan –Noosa Council Project Officer -Carbon Reduction, Environment and Sustainable Development.

  • 'An auspicing body is an incorporated organisation and enables a non-incorporated group to apply for funding and grants. This means that the auspicing organisation receives the money on behalf of the unincorporated group and is responsible for making sure the project is completed and the money is accounted for (acquitted).' says Queensland Council of Social Service.