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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 July, the Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Grants Programme as follows:

Grant Opens Total pool Grant limit
Community Project

There are no grants open.

Round 2 will open 27 January 2020

$90,000 $5,000
Community Events

There are no grants open.

Round 2 will open 27 January 2020

$80,000 $5,000
Community Environment 2019-20 Subsidy Round opens 12 August 2019. Applications close when the 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 Opens 4 November 2019 $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)
2019-20 Subsidy Round 1 opens 1 August 2019. Applications will close when the pool is fully expended $10,000 $150 to $350
Entrepreneur and Innovation There are no grant rounds open $10,000 By EOI
Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance

 

There are no grant rounds open
$500,000 $50,000

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 grants

Community Project Grants Round 1

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 between July 2019 and June 2020.

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

Grants will not be provided to individuals.

Applications are now closed for Council’s 2019-20 Community Project Grants.

GUIDELINES  

Community Events Grants

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;
  • Build 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 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 events between July 2019 and June 2020.

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 are now closed for round one of Council's 2019-20 Community Events Grants.

GUIDELINES Event planning Event strategy

Community Environment Grants

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 between July 2019 and June 2020.
Examples of eligible and in-eligible projects and activities are included in the Program Guidelines.

Grants will not be provided to individuals.
Applications are open for Council’s 2019-20 Community Environment Grants.

GUIDELINES  Apply now

Festive Fraser Coast Event Grants

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

Applications are now open.

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 are now closed 

GUIDELINES 

Fraser Coast Australia Day Event Grants

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 are now closed. 

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

Fraser Coast Individual Excellence and Development Grants

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 close when the pool of funds is fully expended.

Guidelines Apply now

RADF

What is the Regional Arts Development Fund?

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 local councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their community.

How does RADF operate on the Fraser Coast? 

The RADF 2019/20 Community Grants Program was announced in October 2019.

The Arts and Heritage Program Coordinator is the RADF Liaison Officer for the program and manages it in partnership with a RADF Advisory Committee, receiving support as required from the broader Cultural Services team.

The community funding pool is offered annually with applications for all funding categories being accepted year round, opening in November 2019. For administrative purposes, there are two (2) closing dates and subsequent assessment to ensure efficient management of the program.

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

  • Creative Innovation
  • Creative Skills
  • Creative Impact
  • Creative Places
  • Creative Future

Applicants must read and understand the RADF 2019/20 Community Funding Program Guidelines (PDF, 355KB). These Guidelines are based on locally determined priorities.

Application Process

The RADF application process is as follows:

  1. Council will publicise the availability of RADF grant programmes on Council’s website and social media sites, in the local media and by direct email to individuals and organisations listed on the Grants Distribution list. When Rounds are OPEN you will be able to access them via: frasercoast.smartygrants.com.au/RADF20Round1
     
  2. Council will undertake ongoing engagement and capacity building with the community, assisting applicants to identify and develop projects. Applicants are required to make contact with Council’s RADF Liaison Officer prior to submitting an application.Council’s grant programmes are based online. The application form can be previewed prior to commencement of the application, and a pdf file can be printed from the final (review) page once an application has been commenced. The online form is the only method for submitting an application. If an applicant does not have access to a computer, Council libraries can provide access to a computer and the internet and some initial guidance to enable access to the application form.
     
  3. Once an application has been started, a number of people within your organisation/project team can work on the application using the same login and password (only one person can be logged in at a time). Council‘s RADF Liaison Officer is available to provide advice and assistance regarding the application form. Contact information is contained within the application form.
     
  4. When an application is submitted, the applicant will receive an email confirmation of lodgement and a copy of the submitted application for the organisation’s records.
     
  5. Applications will initially be assessed by the Grants Officer and RADF Liaison Officer to confirm eligibility. If the grant round has not yet closed, and errors are identified, Council Officer’s will endeavour to work with the applicant to correct the application. Any amendments must be undertaken within the open application status of the Grant Application Round.
     
  6. After the Grant Round closes, the RADF Advisory Committee will be convened and assessment of applications will be undertaken. The RADF Advisory Committee makes recommendations for project funding to Council for the final decision.  In assessing the grants, Council will ensure RADF monies are allocated in a fair and equitable way and ensure best possible value for money.
     
  7. Once Council has decided grant funds allocations, applicants will be advised of the outcomes. Unsuccessful applicants can seek feedback on how they can strengthen future applications. Directions on how to seek this feedback will be provided with the outcome advice.

RADF Advisory Committee

The RADF program is supported by the RADF Advisory Committee. The Committee comprises of independent community members who provide expert advice and recommendations based on their specialised knowledge, skills and experience.

RADF 2019/20 Advisory Committee members: 

  • Mr Ian Slater
  • Mrs Rhonda Simonis
  • Mr Shawn Wondunna-Foley
  • Ms Taylor Dunn

2018/2019 Program Overview

For a complete overview of the current RADF Community Grant Program including eligible projects, please view the RADF 2019/20 Community Funding Program Guidelines (PDF, 355KB).

Previous successful applicants

RADF 2018/19 - All Rounds

Councillor's Discretionary Fund

At its Special Meeting held on 27 June 2018, Council adopted a Councillor Discretionary Funds Policy (PDF, 336kB) which sets out the purpose and scope for spending discretionary funds.

The policy allocates $75,000 for each Divisional Councillor.

See the lists below for the discretionary fund spend in both areas to date (for the 2018/19 financial year).

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 DISCRETIONARY FUND

Small Township Festive Decorations

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 have now closed for Council’s 2019-20 Small Township Festive Decorations Grants. 

Guidelines 

Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance Grants

Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Sport and Recreation Capital Projects Fund offers eligible community organisations the opportunity to apply for one-off funding to develop infrastructure that assists in the growth and engagement of sport or active recreation in the Fraser Coast region.

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 

Resources Resources

Accessible events guide

Toolkit for accessible and inclusive events

Food vendor licensing and public guidelines for events

Good governance

More information is available here.  

Awards Awards

All Abilities award

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

Arts and Cultural person of the month award

Fraser Coast Regional Council in partnership with the Hervey Bay Boat Club and the Fraser Coast Chronicle will award an individual junior and senior Arts and Cultural Person of the month award.

This award profiles regional Arts and Cultural People who stand up above the rest; whether it’s:

  • Talent;
  • Heart;
  • Determination;
  • Community connection; or,
  • Overcoming a challenge. 

The Arts and Cultural person can be nominated by teachers, tutors, other arts and cultural workers or arts people, community members or by self-nomination.

MONTH OPENS CLOSES
August

13 August 2019

9 September 2019
September 10 September 2019 14 October 2019
October 15 October 2019 11 November 2019
November

12 November 2019

9 December 2019
December 10 December 2019 13 January 2020
January 14 January 2020 10 February 2020
February  11 February 2020 9 March 2020
March 10 March 2020 13 April 2020
April 14 April 2020 11 May 2020
May 12 May 2020 8 June 2020
June 9 June 2020 13 July 2020


Fraser Coast Arts and Cultural Person Awards

Sports person of the month award

Fraser Coast Regional Council in partnership with the Fraser Coast Chronicle and Hervey Bay RSL will award a Sportsperson of the month award. This award profiles athletes who stand up above the rest; whether it’s talent, heart, determination or overcoming a challenge. 

Coaches, teammates, community members or league officials can nominate the sportsperson. We encourage nominations from all the different sports groups within the Fraser Coast region

MONTH OPENS CLOSES
September 1 September 2019 30 September 2019
October 1 October 2019 28 October 2019
November

1 November 2019

25 November 2019
December 1 December 2019 30 December 2019
January 1 January 2020 27 January 2020
February  1 February 2020 24 February 2020
March 1 March 2020 30 March 2020

 

Fraser Coast Sportsperson Awards

Contact us 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.