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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.

An important pre-condition to applying for any Noosa Council grant is to discuss the project and application in depth with a Council Officer. Initially call the Grants Officer (5329 6437) to check eligibility and at that time an appointment will be made for the in depth discussion about the project and application with the appropriate Council Officer.

Council adopted a revised Noosa Council Community Grants Policy [246KB] at the December 2016 Ordinary Council Meeting.

Noosa Council's Community Grant Programs include:

Community Projects Grant

Open for applications twice per year. 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.

An important pre-condition to applying is to discuss a project and application with a Council Officer. Call the Grants Officer on ph. 07 5329 6437 to check eligibility and be put in touch with a project and application advising officer.

Guidelines and forms:

  • Community Project Grant Guidelines (currently being updated)
  • Community Project Grant Sample Application (currently being updated)
  • Council’s grants application service here, (powered by SmartyGrants). 

Key Dates:

Community Project Grant Council Grant Round 6 Council Grant Round 7 Council Grant Round 8
Accepting applications 1 Sep - 26 Oct 2016 Feb-Mar 2017 Aug-Sep 2017
Results announced 16 Dec 2016 May-Jun 2017 Nov-Dec 2017
Project delivery 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2017 1 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2018
Acqutittal due Within 30 days of project completion

Economic Development Grant

One round per year late in the calendar year. Open to not-for-profit incorporated business representative organisations. This grant typically contributes to projects that achieve the objectives of the Noosa Local Economic Plan. An important pre-condition to applying is to discuss a project and application with a Council Officer. Call the Grants Officer on phone 07 5329 6437 to check eligibility and to be put in touch with project and application advising officers.

Guidelines and forms:

Key Dates:

Economic Development Grant Council Grant Round 6 Council Grant Round 8
Accepting applications 1 Sep- 26 Oct 2016 Aug-Sep 2017
Results announced 16 Dec 2016 Nov-Dec 2017
Project delivery 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2017 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2018
Acquittal due Within 30 days of project completion

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Signature Event Grant

This grant is designed to fund a signature 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 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.

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.

Festive Season Event Grant

Open to not-for-profit incorporated organisations who can establish their need for a funding contribution for signature events which have significant benefit to the Noosa community. 

Three Year Community Alliance Agreement

Expressions of Interest may be invited early in the calendar year. Open to not-for-profit incorporated organisations who 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.            Back to top

Water Rebates

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.

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.

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.

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.

Most acquittals are completed online (SmartyGrants). Here are instructions to get to the My Submissions page where the acquittal form is found (under "Forms in Progress". For any questions call the Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6437 or via email.
Here is an alternative acquittal form Acquittal Report [448KB] if the above form is not available.

Previous Rounds

  • Council Grant Round 6 2016 Sep-Oct Recipients [166KB]
  • Council Grant Round 5 2016 Feb-Mar Recipients [266KB]
  • Council Grant Round 4 2015 Aug-Sep Recipients [224KB]
  • Council Grant Round 3 2015 Feb-Mar Recipients [152KB]
  • Council Grant Round 2 2014 Aug-Sep Recipients [189KB]
  • Council Grant Round 1 2014 Apr-May Recipients [621KB]

Forms 

New Grant Account Form [503KB] - Council’s finance process separates payments to grant recipients from suppliers. If you have not received a grant from Noosa Council before or your organisation’s bank details have changed then you will need lodge a New Grant Account Form. With it you provide your bank statement header to verify the bank account details (this is a fraud prevention measure we take when acting on new/changed bank account details).

Contact

For questions about grants, please call our Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6500 or email.

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