Grants and Awards

Council offers a range of grant programmes to support projects, activities and events across the region.

Our community grants programme offers the following opportunities for groups and, in some instances, individuals, to apply for support to undertake activities that benefit the community of the Fraser Coast Local Government Area.

Council offers a selection of grant programs with the opening dates to be announced in late August, the Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Grants Programme as follows:

Grant Open Total pool Grant limit

COVID-19

There are no grant rounds open

   
Community Project

Opens 7 September 20
Closes 4 October 20

$90,000 $5,000
Community Events

Opens 7 September 20
Closes 4 October 20

$90,000 $5,000
Community Environment

Opens 7 September 20
Closes when pool is fully expended

$10,000 $2,000
Community Festive - Christmas and New Year’s Events

Opens 7 September 20
Closes 4 October 20

$10,000 $2,000
Small Township Festive Decorations Opens 7 September 20
Closes 4 October 20
$20,000 $2,000
Australia Day Celebrations

Opens 2 November 20
Closes 29 November 20

$10,000 $1,500
ANZAC Day (RSL's by invitation only)

Opens 1 February 21
Closes 28 February 21  

$10,000  

Individual Excellence and Development – Sports persons and STEAM representatives
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)

                                                Opens 7 September 20              
Closes when pool is fully expended
$10,000 $150 to $350
Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance

Opens 7 September 20
Closes 4 October 20

$250,000 $10,000
RADF There are no grant rounds open                                  Grant limits vary depending on funding category
Fraser Coast Heritage and Character Incentive Scheme

Opens 14 August 20 -
view here
Closes 25 September 20

  Register your interest for  information on application requirements
$10,000

Grant programs have guidelines specific to each program. Please check each particular grant program guidelines for further details.

Council Grants Programme Process (PDF)

Available grants

  • Available to RSL's by invitation only.

    Grant pool $10,000

    Applications open 1 February 2021 and close 28 February 2021.

  • There are currently no grants available. 

    This program is intended to:

    Assist eligible community and sporting organisations adversely affected by the Coronavirus restrictions

    • Provide support to eligible community and sporting organisations that have cancelled events and programs resulting from the Coronavirus restrictions
    • The maximum grant available per application is $10,000.

    Organisations will need to show:

    • Evidence of the cancellation of an event, activity or project -
      • ​where the event, activity or project cannot be carried forward to a later date;
      • where costs have been incurred as at Friday 20 March 2020;
    • Financial hardship is/will be experienced by the organisation, and;
    • The organisation lacks the financial resources to cover the costs already incurred.

    Note:

    • No applicant can be guaranteed funding nor can an applicant be guaranteed funding of the full amount requested; 
    • Applicants should consider these limitations when preparing their request for assistance;
    • Applications for amounts under the maximum limit will provide for a maximum number of organisations to be supported with Council's limited resources, and;
    • Applicants will need to provide evidence that other financial support sources are not available (including insurance claims or Federal and State assistance packages).”


    Guidelines 

  • Council offers community groups and organisations to apply for funding to assist a one-off community-based project or activity that:

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

    Grants of up to $5,000 per project are available for community groups and organisations to plan and deliver Community based projects to June 2021.

    Examples of eligible and ineligible projects and activities are included in the Program Guidelines.

    Grants will not be provided to individuals.

    Applications open 7 September 2020 and close 4 October 2020.

    Guidelines  Apply now

  • Council offers community groups and organisations to apply funding to assist with a one-off community event or activitiy that:

    • Provide community organisations with support to meet identified community needs;
    • Builds community skills, capacity and resilience;
    • Provide opportunities for community organisations to leverage Council’s assistance to obtain funding from other sources; and,
    • Provide opportunities for community organisations to assist Council to deliver on Council's strategic goals and identified key initiatives.

    Grants of up to $5,000 per project are available for community groups and organisations to plan and deliver events to June 2021.

    Events

    • Must align with the criteria described in the Fraser Coast Events Assessment Framework in the Fraser Coast Regional Events Strategy; and,
    • Applicants must make contact with Council’s Events Support Team as part of the application process.

    Examples of eligible and ineligible event expenditure in the Program Guidelines

    Grants will not be provided to individuals.

    Applications open 7 September 2020 and close 4 October 2020.

    Guidelines  Apply now

  • Council offers community groups and organisations to apply for funding to assist with projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the Fraser Coast’s biodiversity, environment and waterways values. 

    This programme is intended to:

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

    Grants of up to $2,000 per project are available for community groups and organisations to plan and deliver Community based projects.
    Examples of eligible and in-eligible projects and activities are included in the Program Guidelines.

    Grants will not be provided to individuals.

    Applications open 7 September 2020 and close when pool is expended

     

  • Council offers community groups and organisations funding to help the community in celebrating the Festive Season.

    Grants of up to $2,000 per grant.

    For assistance or advice on planning your event, contact Council's Event Support Team.

    To view a copy of the Fraser Coast Regional Events Strategy (PDF). 

    Applications open 7 September 2020 and close 4 October 2020. 

    Guidelines

  • Council offers community groups and organisations to apply for funding to assist with celebrating Australia Day 2019.

    Sponsorship of up to $1,500 per event is available for community groups and organisations to plan and host an Australia Day community event.

    Your proposal for an Australia Day event must be community-focused, with a wide audience appeal that celebrates Australia Day.

    Applications are invited from interested parties who are legal entities such as incorporated associations, business operators, community groups etc.

    Sponsorship will not be provided to individuals.

    Applications open 2 November 2020 and close 29 November 2020.

    For assistance or advice on planning your event, contact Council's Event Support Team.

    To view a copy of the Fraser Coast Regional Events Strategy (PDF). 

    Guidelines Apply now

  • Council invites interested individuals to make an application for the expanded Individual Excellence and Development Grants.

    This Programme provides assistance to individuals in support of their participation at national or international competitions and events.

    Participation must fall in to either Sports or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) category activities.

    • Sports applicants must be representing the Fraser Coast in an official national or international championships or competitions that are endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission and must provide a letter of selection.
    • STEAM applicants must be representing the Fraser Coast at a national or international level. Individuals must be selected by a recognised national governing body or equivalent and provide a letter of selection.

    Limits apply to events held as follows:

    • $150 within Queensland
    • $250 interstate
    • $350 international

    Applications open 7 September 2020 and close when the pool is fully expended.

    Guidelines Apply now

  • The Fraser Coast Heritage and Character Incentive Scheme encourages building owners to preserve and enhance the region’s heritage and character.

    This incentive scheme involves grants of up to $10,000 to conserve and enhance the heritage value and character of streetscapes across the region, grants would be offered to owners of heritage and selected commercial character properties.

    The scheme will apply to more properties, not just those in the Maryborough CBD. It will also encourage larger, more significant works than our previous schemes.Building owners will be able to apply for $1 from Council for every $2 they spend on a project, up to a maximum of $10,000. The scheme will cover works such as conservation or restoration projects, painting, urgent remedial works, reversing unsympathetic alterations and preparing conservation management plans to support development applications.

    The first round of the Fraser Coast Heritage and Character Incentive Scheme grants will open

    14 August and
    close 25 September 2020.

    Register your interest now

    We highly recommend you discuss your project with the Heritage Planning Officer prior to lodgement 

    You will need to refer to  the below documents to obtain important information about the application requirements.

    guidelines    policy    

    To register your interest please email us here heritage@frasercoast.qld.gov.au with:

    • Your name and contact details
    • The address of the property
    • Brief description of proposed works/project
    • Best contact number (and time) or email address 
  • What is the Regional Arts Development Fund?

    There are currently no grants open.

    The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between state and local Government to invest in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on locally determined priorities.

    RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers to support diversity and inclusivity; grow strong regions; and provide training, education and employment opportunities for Queensland artists and local communities.

    RADF is a flexible fund, enabling Councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their community.

    Information for Applicants

    Fraser Coast Regional Council receives funding from Arts Queensland annually. The RADF Liaison Officer administers funding, working in partnership with a RADF Advisory Committee, relevant Cultural Services officers and key community stakeholders.

    RADF community grants are updated annually and announced in November, with funding applications being accepted from November to June. For administrative purposes, there are two (2) closing dates and subsequent peer assessment to ensure efficient management of the program.

    Applicants must read and understand the RADF 2019/2020 Community Funding Program Guidelines.
    These Guidelines are updated annually based on locally determined priorities.

    What funding is available?

    There are six (6) categories of funding available for individuals, groups and organisations:

    Category Amount Description
    Creative Innovation Up to $5,000 One-off funding for new, fully developed or established projects.
    Creative Skills Up to $3,000 Funding to participate in professional skills development workshops, activities or appropriate arts events.
    Creative Impact >$15,000 Funding for projects with a strong prospect of audience reach and success in the long term.
    Creative Places Up to $2,000 Funding to subsidise creative space or venue hire for studio work, rehearsals, events etc.
    Creative Future Up to $3,000 Funding to develop significant projects targeting to young people, environmental sustainability and/or new technology.
    Quick Response Up to $3,000

    One-off funding for new, fully developed or established projects with a four (4) week turnaround.

    How do I apply?

    1. Read the RADF 2019/2020 Community Funding Program Guidelines to ensure eligibility.
    2. Contact the RADF Liaison Officer on 1300 79 49 29 to discuss your project.
    3. Complete the relevant online application form via frasercoast.smartygrants.com.au

    Applications must be submitted online.

    When will I be notified?

    • Rounds: 6-8 weeks after closing date.
    • Quick response: 4 weeks from closing date.

    Assessment

    All applications are assessed by the RADF Advisory Committee who make recommendations to council. The committee comprises independent community members who provide expert advice and recommendations based on their specialised knowledge, skills and experience in arts and culture. Two (2) elected Councillors also sit on the committee. All applications are peer assessed by all members of the committee.

    RADF 2019/20 Advisory Committee members: 

    • Mr Ian Slater
    • Mrs Rhonda Simonis
    • Mr Shawn Wondunna-Foley
    • Ms Taylor Dunn
    • Cr Phil Truscott
    • Cr James Hansen

    Contacts

    • For further information about the RADF Program or help completing the application please contact council's RADF Liaison Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or artsculture@frasercoast.qld.gov.au.
    • For any technical support or assistance logging in to SmartyGrants please contact the Grants team on 1300 79 49 29 or grants@frasercoast.qld.gov.au.
    • Office hours are 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

    Previous successful projects

    RADF 2018/19 - All Rounds

  • At its Special Meeting held on 27 June 2018, Council adopted a Councillor Discretionary Funds Policy which sets out the purpose and scope for spending discretionary funds.

    Funding for 2020-2021

    The following amounts have been allocated for discretionary funds in the 2020/2021 budget:

    • Mayor: $6,500
    • Divisional (per Councillor): $6,500

    The Council's Councillor discretionary fund actively supports community purpose initiatives that provide services to the Fraser Coast region.

    There are guidelines and eligibility requirements when applying for a Councillor discretionary fund community grant.

    Councillor's Discrentionary Fund

  • Council invites community groups and organisations to apply for a one-off grant that: 
    Provide small townships and their community organisations with the support and opportunity to decorate their main street and/or public space to celebrate the festive season.

    • Build community skills, capacity and resilience; and,
    • Provide opportunities for community organisations to assist Council to deliver on Councils strategic goals and identified key initiatives.

    Grants of up to $2,000 per township is available for community groups and organisations to purchase and install festive decorations such as lighting, Christmas trees, feature decorations, signage and banners in outdoor locations.

    Eligible organisations must be based within the Fraser Coast local government area in a township/population centre with less than 10,000 people (includes Bauple, Boonooroo, Brooweena, Burrum Heads, Glenwood, Gundiah, Howard, Maaroom, Poona, River Heads, Teebar, Tiaro, Toogoom, Torbanlea, Tuan)

    Examples of eligible and ineligible event expenditure in the Program Guidelines
    Grants will not be provided to individuals.

    Applications open 7 September 2020 and close 4 October 2020. 

    Guidelines 

  • Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance Fund offers eligible community organisations the opportunity to apply for one-off funding to develop projects under the categories of Canteens, Security, Shade or Water Sustainability that assists in the growth and engagement of sport or active recreation in the Fraser Coast region.

    Grants of up to $10,000 per grant

    The purpose of the Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance Fund is to:

    • Assist the long term sustainability of community sport and active recreation groups who play a Vital role in providing avenues for increased participation in physical activity and improving the health and wellbeing of the Fraser Coast Community; and,
    • Build capacity in the sporting and active recreation community to meet and respond to Council’s goals, as outlined in the Corporate Plan.

    Council encourages community organisations to actively share resources and will look favourably on joint club applications or multi-use projects.

    Council uses the Australian Sports Directory to confirm whether a sport or recreational pursuit is recognised. Please check this list before you commence an application.

    Applicants must discuss their proposed project with Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer on 4197 4518.

    Grants will not be provided to individuals.

    Applications open 7 September 2020 and close 4 October 2020.

    Guidelines Apply Now

Resources

Awards

  • The ability awards are held annually during Disability Action Week designed to recognise individuals, groups and organisations who have contributed to improving the life of people with a disability.

    Fraser Coast Ability Awards

Contact us

For further information please contact Council's Grants Officer on phone 1300 79 49 29.

Ensure your group is registered on Council’s grants distribution list to receive information on funding opportunities. Please email grants@frasercoast.qld.gov.au to check or add your group.