Council offers a range of grant programs to support projects, activities and events across the region.
Our grant programs offer 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.
Community Grants Roadshow
Council’s Grants team will be hitting the road to offer free interactive sessions to demystify the grant funding process.
Learn practical information about writing grant applications and how to use the online portal. Register online today for a session near you!
Burrum Heads – 14 November, 5.45pm to 8pm, Burrum Heads Community Hall - Concluded
Hervey Bay – 16 November, 5.45pm to 8pm, Beach House Hotel, Scarness - Concluded
Poona – 22 November, 10am to 12pm – Poona Community Hall - Concluded
Maryborough – 23 November, 5.45pm to 8pm, Carriers Arms Hotel, 405 Alice Street - Concluded
Tiaro – 8 February 2023, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Tiaro Library, Lot 1, Forgan Terrace - click here to register
Refer to the available grants section below to apply:
|Grant||Open||Total Pool||Grant Limit|
|Community Grants - Round 2
Community Grants - Round 3
Community Grants - Round 4
|Closed 1 December 2022
Open 1 February 2023
Closes 1 March 2023
Open 11 April 2023
Closes 1 May 2023
|$60,000 per round||Per Round
Max 1 grant to $15,000
Max 2 grants to $10,000 each
Remainder of pool available up to $5,000 per grant
Open: 7 November 2022
Closes: 4 December 2022
|$90,000||$20,000 per grant|
|Open: 1 November 2022
Close: 5 December 2022
|Open: 1 September 2022
Close: 31 May 2023
(may close earlier if fully subscribed)
|Individual Excellence and Development –
Sports persons and STEAM representatives
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
|Opens: 20 July 2022
Closes: 30 June 2023 (or until funds are expended)
Opens: 1 July 2022
|$5000||Up to $600 grant limit per site, per year.|
|Opens: 10 October 2022
Closes: 14 August 2023
|$50,000||Grant limits vary depending on funding category.|
Major Regional Events Sponsorships
|1 August - 31 May each year, or until grants funds are expended.||To be determined||$10,000 upwards|
Festive Fraser Coast - Christmas and New Year
Closed 26 September 2022
Festive Fraser Coast - Small Townships Festive Decorations
|Closed 26 September 2022||$10,000||Max $2,000|
|Fraser Coast Heritage and
Character Incentive Scheme
|Closed 14 October 2022||$75,000||$10,000|
Australia Day Community Celebrations
Closed 24 October 2022
|ANZAC Day Celebrations
||By invitation only||$5,000||Max $1,000|
Grant programs have guidelines specific to each program. Please check each particular grant program guidelines for further details.
There are currently no grants available.
Available to RSL's by invitation only.
Grant pool $10,000
Council offers community groups and organisations to apply for funding to assist with celebrating Australia Day 2023.
Sponsorship is available for community groups and organisations to plan and host an event that provides an opportunity to come together to celebrate the diversity of our community on Thursday 26 January 2023.
The maximum grant for one event is up to $2,000.
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 26 September 2022 and close 24 October 2022.
For assistance or advice on planning your event view here.
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.
Closed 26 September 2022.
Council invites community groups and organisations to apply for a one-off grant to help 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. This grant aims to:
- 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 are 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 (including Bauple, Boonooroo, Brooweena, Burrum Heads, Glenwood, Gundiah, Howard, Maaroom, Poona, River Heads, Teebar, Tiaro, Toogoom, Torbanlea, Tuan).
Examples of eligible and ineligible event expenditure is available in the Program Guidelines.
Grants will not be provided to individuals.
Closed 26 September 2022.
The Heritage Advisory Service is to encourage and assist building owners to conserve, restore, and protect their historic buildings; in particular, local heritage listed buildings and character buildings, by the provision of free, but limited, heritage related consultancy services. Eligible building owners can apply for Council to provide free heritage consultant advice, up to the value of $600 per site per year.
How to apply
We highly recommend you discuss your project with the Heritage Planning Officer prior to lodgement, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 79 49 29.
You will need to refer to the below policy to obtain important information about the application requirements.
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.
Building owners will be able to apply for $1 from Council for every $1 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 2022/23 round opens on 8 August 2022 and closes on 14 October 2022.
To find out more click on the links below:
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 20 July 2022 and close 30 June 2023 (or earlier if funds are expended).
The Major Regional Events Sponsorship program supports the outcomes expressed in the Fraser Coast Regional Events Strategy 2020 -2024. The strategy aims to position the Fraser Coast as an event-friendly destination through efficient and effective support of a vibrant, balanced calendar of events with a focus on a high return on investment in increased overnight visitation and visitor expenditure which contributes to the local economy.
Event organisers can apply if they meet the conditions stipulated in the Guidelines.
Interested applicants are requested to phone the Event Development and Partnerships Coordinator on 1300 79 49 29 or Email email@example.com to discuss their proposal first.
The program opens on 1 August and closes on 31 May each financial year but may close earlier if all funds are expended. The total pool for the 2022/2023 financial year is TBC
Funding is for requests upwards of $10,000 with no upper limit specified. Applicants, however, should be mindful of the total amount of funding available and request an appropriate amount for the value of their event. Multi-year contracts can also be requested.
Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Community Grants Policy supports the Goals outlined in Council’s Corporate Plan 2018-2023.
- To be a diverse, strong and well governed region of vibrant places, with an innovative and diverse economy and connected as a whole by our community spirit and respect for our natural environment.
- To make a positive difference for the region and the lives of our community members by ensuring we provide a service that is forward looking and well managed.
Objectives of the Community Grants Program
- Provide identified and measurable social, community or economic benefits to the Fraser Coast communities;
- Align with Council’s Corporate Plan 2018-2023
This Program 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
- Provide opportunities for community organisations to assist Council to deliver on Councils strategic goals and identified key initiatives
The Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Grants are targeted towards projects and event funding.
Groups can apply for funding from $500 to $15,000 as cash and/or in-kind services.
- Maximum 2 applications per group per annum will be funded
- Maximum grant limit of $15,000 per annum will be funded (amount is inclusive of the value of any in-kind services provided by any Council Department)
The following funding is available in 2022-23 through the Community Grants Program:
- $240,000 for projects and events to be spread over 4 rounds during the financial year with $60,000 notionally allocated per round
- Each round Council will approve a limited number of grants at each funding level as shown in the table below.
Funding Levels Funding Available 1 @ up to $15,000 $15,000 2 @ up to $10,000 $20,000 remainder up to $5,000 $25,000 Total $60,000
Community Grants - Round 1 - Closed 26 September 2022
Community Grants - Round 2 - Closed 1 December 2022
Community Grants - Round 3 - Open 1 February 2023. Closes 1 March 2023
Community Grants - Round 4 - Open 11 April 2023. Closes 1 May 2023
To view the guidelines please click on the link below:
Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
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.
Applications open 10 October 2022 and close 14 August 2023
At its Ordinary Meeting held on 15 July 2022, Council adopted a Councillor Discretionary Funds Policy which sets out the purpose and scope for spending discretionary funds.
Funding for 2022-2023
The following amounts have been allocated for discretionary funds in the 2022/2023 budget:
- Mayor: $7,331
- Divisional (per Councillor): $7,331
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.
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 Development Coordinator on 4197 4518.
Grants will not be provided to individuals.
Grants open 1 November 2022 and close 5 December 2022.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to check or add your group.