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.
Noosa Council has three grant programs; for the Community, the Environment and for Economic Development each with their own Grant policies. The Economic Develpment grants are detailed on another webpage.
The Community Grants Policy [237KB], updated in February 2019 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.
In February 2019, Council introduced a new Environment Grants Policy which aligns with the Environment Strategy. The three grants covered by this policy are; the Environment Project Grant, the Environment Organisation Alliance Grant, both of which are listed below, and the Multi-year Environment Collaborative Project Grant, which will be released before June 2019.
An important pre-condition to applying for any council grant: Call the Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6437 or email to check your eligibility and your project's eligibility. We wish to help you succeed.
Twice each year these grants are open 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 or the Noosa Environment Strategy. Other strategies and plans to reference are found in the Grant Guidelines. The Community Project Grant and the Environment Project Grant share the same application form and the same Guidelines.
Guidelines and forms:
- Round 12 Community and Environment Project Grant Guidelines [758KB]
- Frequently Asked Questions 2019 [2135KB]
- Sample Community and Environment Project Grant Sample Application Form [106KB]
- START YOUR APPLICATION HERE, (Noosa Council uses the SmartyGrants grants management system)
- Previous recipients:
- 2019-2020 Round 12 Community & Environment Project Grants
- 2019-2020 Round 11 Community & Environment Project Grants [2070KB]
- 2018-2019 Round 10 [669KB]
- 2018-2019 Round 9 [483KB]
- 2017-2018 Round 8 [134KB]
- 2017-2018 Round 7 [120KB]
- 2016-2017 Round 6 [64KB]
- 2016-2017 Round 5 [60KB]
- 2015-2016 Round 4 [61KB]
Community Project Grant, Environment Grant and RADF Grant Round 13 Grant Round 14 Accepting applications 9am 18 February - 12noon 25 March 2020 9am 10 August - 12noon 24 September 2020 Results announced Late June 2020 Late November 2020 Project delivery period 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021 1 January - 31 December 2021 Acquittal will be due Within 30 days of completing the project Within 30 days of completing the project
Noosa Council recognises that solving the big issues confronting our local environment needs constructive partnerships over an extended period of time. The Multi-year Environment Collaborative (MEC) Grants have been established to support the implementation of the Noosa Environment Strategy and the other strategies and plans that sit under it.
The MEC grants are designed to encourage collaboration between different community groups, as well as with Council. Projects will typically have multiple community stakeholders, working together towards a common goal, and delivering clear, measurable, environmental outcomes.
The ability to run grants over several years allows support of larger-scale, strategic initiatives, that provide for significant, long-term positive impacts on the Noosa environment. Grants can be available for up to 3 years.
- Multi-year Environment Collaborative Grants Operating Guideline
- MEC Budget Template
- MEC Sample Budget Template
MEC Grant opens Thursday 14 November 2019 and closes 5pm, Wednesday 18 December 2019. START YOUR APPLICATION HERE (Noosa Council uses the SmartyGrants grants management system)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Access to this grant program is by invitation from Council to 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.
The Community Alliance Agreement and Environment Organisation Alliance Grants share the same Expression of Interest form and the same Guidelines.
- Community and Environment Alliance Agreement Guidelines [616KB]
- Sample Community and Environment Alliance Agreement Expression of Interest Form [88KB]
- List of Three Year 2019-2022 Community Alliance Agreement recipients [424KB]
- List of Three Year 2019-2022 Environment Alliance Agreement recipients [412KB]
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 2021. 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.
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.
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.