Grants

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.

Refer to the available grants section below to apply:

Grant Open Total pool Grant limit

COVID-19 - Economic Stimulus Grants

Business Advice - apply here
Guidelines

Shopfront Revitalisation - apply here
Guidelines

Both Grants are now open
Close: 30 June 2021    

$100,000


$200,000
$5,000


$5,000

Community Project

Guidelines

Round 2 - Closed 7 March 2021

$90,000 $5,000

Community Events

Guidelines

Round 2 - Closed 7 March 2021 $90,000 $5,000
Community Environment

Opens 7 September 2020
Closes when pool is fully expended

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

There are no grant rounds open

$10,000 $2,000
Small Township Festive Decorations There are no grant rounds open $20,000 $2,000
Australia Day Celebrations - Community Grants

There are no grant rounds open

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

There are no grant rounds open

$10,000  

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

                                                Opens 7 September 2020              
Closes when pool is fully expended
$10,000 $150 to $350
Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance

There are no grant rounds open

$250,000 $10,000

Sport and Recreation Equipment Grants

Guidelines

Opens 19 April 2021
Closes 14 May 2021
$52,528 $2,000

Rapid Response Community Grants

6 rounds

Guidelines

Round 4 –
Opens 26 March 2021 
Closes 25 April 2021
 

$550,000 Grant limits vary
RADF 
Guidelines

Round 2 - 
Open 1 May 2021
Closes 31 May 2021

                                 Grant limits vary depending on funding category
Fraser Coast Heritage and Character Incentive Scheme

Round 2 - closed
 

  $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

  • There are currently no grants available.

    Available to RSL's by invitation only.

    Grant pool $10,000

  • Applications are now open and close 30 June 2021

    GUIDELINES APPLY HERE

    Purpose

    The purpose of the Fraser Coast Business Advice Grant program is to assist Fraser Coast businesses in accessing and engaging local professional business advisors and specialists to improve their financial management, inventory management, human resource management, digital capability and marketing of their business.

    This Program is intended to:

    • Encourage business resilience and development.
    • Access digital technologies to build business operations and transition to a new way of doing business.
    • Respond to online opportunities, where possible, to sustain employment and maintain potential for longer term growth.
    • Embrace business diversification to adapt, sustain and develop operations.
    • Create or retain employment.
    • Align with Council’s Corporate Plan 2018-2023.
    Grant available

    Assistance to be provided as a cash contribution, or through the provision of in-kind Council services.

    The maximum grant available per application is $5,000 (total grant value awarded). A total of $100,000 is available through the Business Advice Grant program.

    Applicants should be aware that applications will be assessed as part of a competitive process. As funding is limited, not every eligible application will necessarily receive a grant or the maximum grant amount requested.

    Logistics

    This grant will be an open round that is continually assessed and will close 30 June 2021, or until the funding pool expires. Grants up to $5,000 will be available. Applicants and grant projects must comply with the program guidelines.

    Projects and activities are to be completed within six months of the approval date (unless a variation has been approved) and no later than 31 December 2021.

    By applying for this grant, recipients agree that they will participate in marketing and promotional activities of Council in relation to the program. This may include but is not limited to acknowledging Council’s contribution to the shopfront improvement, case studies, feedback, surveys and providing information about the benefits of participating following conclusion of the program.

  • Applications are now open and close 30 June 2021

    GUIDELINES APPLY HERE

    Purpose

    The purpose of the Fraser Coast Shopfront Revitalisation Grant program is to assist Fraser Coast businesses in improving their visual street appeal whilst stimulating the local economy.

    This Program is intended to:

    • Encourage property owners and tenants of shopfronts and commercial premises to improve street appeal, generate customers and contribute to the character of the local area.
    • Contribute to the development of unique shopping destinations.
    • Create an engaging experience for residents and visitors.
    • Increase civic pride.
    • Align with Council’s Corporate Plan 2018-2023.
    Grant available

    Assistance to be provided as a cash contribution, or through the provision of in-kind Council services.

    The maximum grant available per applicant is $5,000 (total grant value awarded). A total of $200,000 is available through the Shopfront Revitalisation Grant program.

    Applicants should be aware that applications will be assessed as part of a competitive process. As funding is limited, not every eligible application will necessarily receive a grant or the maximum grant amount requested.

    Logistics

    This grant will be an open round that is continually assessed and will close 30 June 2021, or until the funding pool expires. Grants up to $5,000 will be available. Applicants and grant projects must comply with the program guidelines.

    Projects and activities are to be completed within six months of the approval date (unless a variation has been approved) and no later than 31 December 2021.

    By applying for this grant, recipients agree that they will participate in marketing and promotional activities of Council in relation to the program. This may include but is not limited to displaying Council’s program decal sticker in the shopfront, acknowledging Council’s contribution to the shopfront improvement, case studies, feedback, surveys and providing information about the benefits of participating following conclusion of the program.

  • 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.

    ROUND 2 - closed

    Guidelines  

  • Council offers community groups and organisations to apply for funding to assist with a one-off community event or activity 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.

    ROUND 2 - closed

    Guidelines  

  • 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

    Guidelines Apply now

  • 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 closed 4 October 2020. 

    Guidelines 

  • Council offers community groups and organisations to apply for funding to assist with celebrating Australia Day 2021.

    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 Tuesday 26 January 2021.

    The maximum grant for one event is up to $1,500.

    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.

    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

  • ROUND TWO - Opens 1 February 2021 and closes 15 March 2021.

    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 were open 14 August and
    closed 25 September 2020.

    ROUND TWO -  Applications open 1 Feburary 2020 and close 15 March 2021

    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?

    Current round Open 1 March 2021 - closes 31 May 2021

    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 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.

    How do I apply?

    1. Read the RADF 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.

    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 2020/21 Advisory Committee members: 

    • Mr Matthew Richers
    • Mr Ian Slater
    • Ms Taylor Dunn
    • Ms Kym Latter
    • Mr Andre Carpenter
    • Mr David Colman
    • 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

  • RADF Advisory Committee 2020/2021

    • Mr Matthew Richers
    • Mr Ian Slater
    • Ms Taylor Dunn
    • Ms Kym Latter
    • Mr Andre Carpenter
    • Mr David Colman
    • Cr Phil Truscott
    • Cr James Hansen
  • Council invites community groups and organisations to apply for funding that provides measurable social, community or economic benefits to the Fraser Coast communities.  The Rapid Response will consist of 6 monthly rounds from January to June 2021 each round closing on the 25th of the Month and is designed to provide a timely response to the needs of Community Organisations:

    • 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

    This program is limited by the budget allocated by Fraser Coast Regional Council in the 2020/21 budget.

    Projects will continue to be assessed against program eligibility criteria until all program funds have been exhausted.

    Once program funds are exhausted, there will be no further project consideration in the current (2020/21) financial year.

    Funding for projects in future years will be dependent on program allocations made by Fraser Coast Regional Council in future budgets.

    At this stage, the Council does not wish to limit the project costs, so there is no maximum amount set – other than the intent is for a notional equal allocation across all Council Divisions and a limited allocation ($150,000) for projects delivered across the Fraser Coast Region.

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

    Grants will not be provided to individuals.”

    *Note - Projects will continue to be assessed against program eligibility criteria until all program funds have been exhausted.

    Once program funds are exhausted, there will be no further project consideration in the current (2020/21) financial year.

    Round 1 – CLOSED

    Round 2 – CLOSED

    Round 3 – CLOSED

    Future Rounds

    Round 4 – open 26/03/2021 closes 25/04/2021

    Application Form - https://frasercoast.smartygrants.com.au/2021RapidResponseR4

    Round 5 – open 26/04/2021 closes 25/05/2021

    Application Form - https://frasercoast.smartygrants.com.au/2021RapidResponseR5

    Round 6 – open 26/05/2021 closes 25/06/2021

    Application Form - https://frasercoast.smartygrants.com.au/2021RapidResponseR6

  • 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 closed 4 October 2020. 

    Guidelines 

  • There are currently no grants available. 

    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.

    Guidelines 

  • Round opens – 19th April, 2021 8am
    Round closes – 14th May 2021 3pm

    Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Sport and Recreation Capital Projects Fund offers eligible community organisations

    the opportunity to apply for one-off funding to purchase equipment that assists in the growth and engagement of sport or active recreation in the Fraser Coast region.

    Grants of up to $2,000 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.  https://www.sportaus.gov.au/australian_sports_directory

    Grants will not be provided to individuals.

    APPLY HERE

    GUIDELINES

Resources

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.