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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.

  • 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.

    Arts Recovery Boost: Recovery Grants - Closing 12 October - Up to $30,000 - RAF Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.

    Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program: Major Grants - Closing 29 October - Maximum $150,000 - The program is designed to: preserve Australia’s wartime heritage; involve people in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations; and promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who served have played in shaping the nation. The Major Grants stream offers larger grants for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

    Community Gambling Community Benefit Fund - Closing 31 October 2020 - up to $35,000 - Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 107 is now open and will close at 11.59pm on 31 October 2020. Round 108 will open mid-January 2021 will close at 11.59pm on 28 February 2021.
    This fund distributes approximately $57 million per year for NFP Queensland groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.
    Applications are prioritised in the following order – the first one listed has the highest priority: Items/facilities directly affected, damaged or destroyed by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years,  Equipment or facility improvements, Buses, cars, caravans, boats, tractors, trailers, large mowers, motorbikes and similar items, Community events, training, workshops, festivals, publications and website development, Organisations that have received more than $15,000 from the GCBF over the past 2 years

    Cancer Council Queensland and the Queensland Government - closing 9 November - up to $30,000 - Community SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative. The Initiative provides 80 percent matched funding up to $2,000 for portable shade and up to $30,000 for permanent shade for NFP organisations that cater to children 0-18 years. All eligible NFP organisations, for example schools, sporting clubs, childcare centres, and community groups, are encouraged to apply.

    Screen Australia - closing 12 November - up to $35,000 - Indigenous TV Drama Development 
    Indigenous Feature Development

    Strengthening Rural Communities: Bushfire Recovery - Closing 17 November - up to $25,000 - the program gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. The program is for projects that enhance the recovery of communities affected by the Sept 2019 to Feb 2020 bushfires. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly. Apply through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. 

    2020 NAIDOC Local Grants - Ongoing - $200 to $50,000 - to support activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2020 (8-15 November) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society. Activities should align with the National NAIDOC Theme for 2020, ‘Always was, Always will be’.

    Damien Greer Lawyer's - Community Grant program - Up to $1000 - Closes 15 November - for NFPs or individuals who work within their local community and encourage the following values: Helping the community in times of need; Building community togetherness and sense of belonging; Promoting positive health and wellbeing; Supporting community services and groups; Nurturing the local environment.

    Westpac Safer Children, Safer Communities Impact Grants 2020 - Ongoing - $50,000 to $300,000 - for 
    organisations that are helping to protect and create safer communities for children in Australia, with a focus on helping prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, including online sexual exploitation of children. 

    Pride Foundation Australia Small Grants Program - Ongoing - up to $500 - for individuals, organisations and/or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. Grants are up to $500, and the project needs to directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

    Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund 2019-20 - Ongoing - for not for profits to support delivery of disaster resilience and mitigation projects that align with the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience objectives, are cost effective and evidence based and address state-risk priorities such as those identified in the Queensland State Natural Hazard Risk Assessment 2017.

    Catalyst Fund – Roddenberry Foundation - open year-round - up to $15,000 - for early-stage, innovative, and unconventional ideas that address urgent challenges. They’re looking for ideas that challenge our thinking, that compel us to see a problem in a new light; and whose creativity and imagination redefine notions of what can be done and how. 

    Financial Capability Grants – Ecstra. Expressions of Interest are accepted any time - to help build the financial capability of all Australians within a fair financial system specifically for women, young people and older people, including in aged care or home care settings, financial inclusion for Indigenous Australians, people with disabilities, and/or people experiencing financial hardship. 

    Major Events Investment Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) - open continually - Major events - 

    Queensland Arts Showcase Program – always open
    - Arts Ignite – funding of up to $80 000 for new works 
    - Arts Illuminate – funding of up to $120 000
    - Arts Impact – funding of up to $60 000

    Landcare Australia Expressions of Interest - open all the time - $5,000 and $15,000 - for NFPs, to all volunteer-based community groups across Australia that embrace the Landcare ethos. This includes, but is not limited to, Landcare, Farming Systems, Bushcare, Coastcare and “Friends of” groups. Candidate projects must clearly demonstrate measurable Agricultural or Natural Resource Management (NRM), and include associated community benefits. 

    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.

    AMP Foundation COVID-19 community boost - Ongoing - Up to $200,000 - for  non-profit organisations impacted by the pandemic – either through increased demand for their services or by having to adapt to delivering community support in the new operating environment.


  • 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.