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Community grants

Council has established its funding programs under the Community Grants Policy in order to support community organisations to meet changing community, social, environmental and economic objectives. Community grants enable community organisations to deliver projects, events and activities that are in the public interest and benefit the residents of the Gold Coast.

Community Grants Policy

Review the City of Gold Coast Community Grants Policy to ensure that your organisation is eligible and your project meets eligibility requirements before applying. Review and download the Community Grants Policy.

What is a community organisation?

Schedule 8 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 defines a community organisation as an entity that carries on activities for a public purpose or another entity whose primary object is not directed at making a profit.

Community grants at a glance

  1. Refer to the below list of community grant programs and their purpose to determine which is best suited to your organisation.
  2. Find a snapshot of each grant program in the summary table below.
  3. Follow the link in the summary table to the community grants you are interested in for more detailed information including eligibility criteria, opening and closing dates and how to apply.

Grant programs

  • Community Grants Program - to support community organisations to deliver projects that are in the public interest and that benefit Gold Coast residents.
  • Multiple Year Funding Agreements (MYFA) – to provide grant funding to community organisations in the following instances:
    • where an eligible project(s) is to be delivered over a number of years, or
    • where Council resolves to fund a community organisation’s operational costs.
  • Discretionary Grants Program - a Councillor may allocate a grant to a community organisation for a community purpose.
  • Seniors Week Grants Program - to support community organisations to deliver projects that celebrate Seniors Week.
  • NAIDOC Week Grants Program - to support community organisations to deliver projects that celebrate NAIDOC Week.
  • Community Event Grants Program - a divisionally-based program to support community organisations to deliver community events that are open to the public and in the public interest.
  • Community Facility Grants Program - to support community organisations to deliver capital projects on Council-controlled land where a community organisation holds a lease or licence.
  • Catchment and Citizen Science Program - to encourage community participation in on-ground actions that improve the condition of water environments across the Gold Coast.
  • Emergency and Extraordinary Grants Program - grants to community organisations provided only in instances where it can be demonstrated that funds are required on an emergency and extraordinary basis and that requirement for funds was unforeseen.

Summary table

The table below shows a summary of available grants and a snapshot of each to assist community organisations in applying for appropriate eligible grants.

  Community Grants Program (inc. MYFA) Discretionary Grants Program Seniors Week Grants Program NAIDOC Week Grants Program Community Event Grants Program Community Facility Grants Program Catchment and Citizen Science Grants Program Emergency and extraordinary Grants Program
Rounds per year Two (August
and January)
One (August/
September)
One (January) One (January) Ongoing application
process
Ongoing application
process
One (July) Ongoing application
process
Minimum grant amount $1,000* $250 $500 $500 $250 $5,000 $1,000 $1,000
Maximum grant amount $20,000* $10,000 $2,000 $5,000 $50,000 $250,000 $30,000 $5,000
Acquittal threshold $1,000 $500 $500 $500 $2,000 $5,000 $1,000 $1,000
Application and further information Community Grants Program Discretionary Grants Program Seniors Week Grants Program NAIDOC Week Grants Program Community Event Grants Program Community facility Grants Program Catchment & Citizen Science Grants Program Emergency & Extraordinary Grants Program

*Minimum and Maximum grant amounts do not apply to applications for Multiple Year Funding Agreements.

Resources to assist with funding application preparation

The Gold Coast City Community Profile presents data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing in 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 for the City of Gold Coast local government area, and for smaller areas within it (e.g. suburbs). This data is presented in easy to use tables, charts and commentary which can assist with compiling community statistics and data for inclusion in funding applications.

The Gold Coast City Community Atlas presents demographic data for the area in a series of interactive maps. A range of maps are available, including maps on population, ethnicity, education, household type, labour force, how people travel to work, housing tenure and cost, and computer use.

SmartyGrants provides an easy way for grant seekers to complete their application form online and is utilised by the City of Gold Coast as the platform for issuing community assistance.

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