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

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Noosa Council Community Grants Program

The community grants are governed by the Noosa Council Community Grants Policy [237KB] which was last updated in the November 2017 Ordinary Council Meeting. A major change to this version of the policy was the separation of Economic Development Grants which are now dealt with under the Economic Development Grant Policy [257KB].

The Comunity Grants Policy is again under review to accommodate an expansion of Council's Environment Grant Program. It is envisaged the new policy(s) will be finalised in the February round of Council Meetings.

The aims of Noosa Council's Community Grants Program are to:

  • Provide community organisations with financial support to meet identified community needs; 
  • Build community skills and resilience; 
  • Develop and maintain sustainable community infrastructure; 
  • Provide opportunities for community organisations to leverage Council’s financial assistance to obtain funding from other sources; and 
  • Provide opportunities for community organisations to deliver on Council’s strategic goals and identified key initiatives.

An important pre-condition to applying is to initially check the eligibility of your group and project with the Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6437 or email

Community Projects Grant

Twice each year this grant is open to not-for-profit incorporated organisations who can establish their need for a funding contribution to projects or events which would benefit the Noosa community. This grant typically contributes to projects, programs, events, or building works which align with the Noosa Social Strategy. Other strategies and plans to reference are found in the Grant Guidelines.

Guidelines and forms:

Key Dates:

Community Project Grant, Environment Grant and RADF Grant Round 11 Grant Round 12
Accepting applications 9am 27 February - 12noon 3 April 2019 12 August - 19 September 2019
Results announced  21 June 2019 20 December 2019
Project delivery period 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 1 January - 31 December 2020
Acquittal will be due Within 30 days of completing the project Within 30 days of completing the project


Water Rebates

Council will administer the Water Rebate each year in October-November. 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

This delay is to take advantage of the water charges which increase slightly each July.

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.

Three Year Signature Event Grant & Three Year Festive Season Event Grant

These grants are designed to fund a signature event or a festive season event 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 closely aligns with Council’s strategic goals and identified key initiatives.

Furthermore applicants need to demonstrate their need for funding, provide an achievable project plan and 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.

Apply in a Community Project Grant round on a Community Project Application form, making it clear, in the application, the organisation is seeking a Three Year Signature Event Grant or a Three Year Festive Season Event Grant

The renewal of these agreements will be negotiated six 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.

Three Year Community Alliance Agreement

Access to the Expressions of Interest (online EOI form) is available on request. Please contact Council's Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6437. Open to not-for-profit incorporated organisations which provide services with a significant benefit to the Noosa community, align with Council’s strategic goals and identified key initiatives, can demonstrate value for money for all stakeholders, and justify their need for financial assistance from Noosa Council.

Three Year Maintenance Agreements

Maintenance and management of community halls or centres

This grant was allocated in 2015 and is valid up to 2018. Annual acquittals are due each July.

Sports field maintenance

This grant was allocated in 2015 and is valid up to 2018. Annual acquittals are due each July.

Building Insurance Cover

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.

Economic Development Grant

For information about the Economic Development Grant Program please call Economic Development team on 5329 6108 or email

  • List of previous recipients 2016-2017 [47KB]

Funding acknowledgement

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

Acquitting your grant

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.

Finance Forms

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.

Contact Us

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.


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