Volunteer Grants Program

Amount: $1000 to $5000

Closes: 20 December 2016

The Community Grants Hub, on behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS), is inviting organisations and individuals/authorised signatories representing volunteer based community groups to apply for Volunteer Grants 2016 funding.

These grants aim to support the efforts of Australia's volunteers. They provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can us to help their volunteers. They are part of the Government's work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.


Got an idea that could change your community?

Wesley Mission Queensland's campaign for Change is looking for the state's best and brightest innovators.

Applications Close - 27 November 2016

Campaign for Change is a chance for you to make your bright ideas a reality and to make a real difference in your local community.


2017 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants

Amount: $0 to $5,000

Total Pool: $150,000

Closes: 12pm, 25 November 2016


To provide not for profit one-off funds for events, projects and activities to be held in May 2017 to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and send a strong message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in Queensland.


Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Eligible: Not for Profits

Funding: Amount: $500 to $35,000

Round Closes:  30 November 2016

To allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $52 million per year. Established in 1994 under the Gaming Machine Act 1991, the fund returns to the community a portion of state revenue raised through gambling taxes.

Applications are processed and assessed by the Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU), and considered by the Gambling Community Benefit Committee on a quarterly basis. Independently appointed by the Minister, the committee has the responsibility of making recommendations to the Minister on funding to eligible community groups.

Applications can be submitted for funding between a minimum of $500 (including GST) and a maximum of $35,000 (including GST).

If the cost of any item is more than the approved amount, it is the organisation’s responsibility to fund the difference.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) distributes revenue from gaming taxes to various not-for-profit community groups throughout Queensland.



Ikea Living Local Community Grants

Eligible to: Not for Profits

Funding: Amount: $0 - $5,000

Round: Closes – 27 November 2016

The IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining our products and home furnishing expertise and our co-worker volunteer leave days to ‘makeover’ a room or a space in a local not-for-profit or charity organisation.



The Mary MacKillop Grants Program

Eligible: Not-for-Profits

Funding Amount: $0 to $10,000 - Total Pool - Undisclosed

Round: Ongoing

The Mary MacKillop Foundation (MMF) Community Grants Progran partners with organisations who support Australia's most vulnerable and marginalised people to improve their lives through education in all its forms.

Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to deliver innovative and practical projects that assist people who have been pushed to the margins of society through poverty and disadvantage.

By participating in these projects, individuals build skills and gain knowledge to improve their engagement with the community and take advantage of life oppotunities. The MMF Community Grants Program seeks to empower those in need to take control of their lives and to build future for themselves and their communities.

Community projects supported by the MMF Community Grants Program include projects that:

  • Strengthen skills, knowledge and capabilities for self-sufficiency.
  • Improve engagement and participation in the community.
  • Enhance spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
  • Provide support for self-help action for those in need.

For further information go to the following link.


Holden Home Ground Advantage

Grants: $1 to $100,000 | Total Pool: $250,000

Eligible: Not-for-Profits

Round: Ongoing

Local sporting clubs are integral part of the Australian way of life, much like Holden. That's why they have made a long term commitment to helping grassroots sport by giving local clubs the chance to upgrade their facilities with the Holden Home Ground Advantage project.


Coca-Cola Australia Foundation

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation’s mission is to inspire moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians.

To be eligible organisations must build capability for young Australians aged 13 to 19 years by addressing: 

  • Happiness;
  • Empowerment; 
  • Increased possibilities for a positive life; 
  • and / or Wellbeing (emotional, physical and social).

There are two opportunities to apply for grants from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation:

Flagship Grant: grants to charities with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status who have a clear and measurable program addressing an issue aligned with the CCAF mission, up to $200,000 per annum of up to 3 consecutive years.

Employee Connected: grants to charities with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status who are connected to our employees, up to $25,000 as a one-off grant.

For enquiries please contact Lisa McSweeney at


Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program

Purpose: The celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program funds initiatives that celebrate and promote Queensland's multicultural identity, increase community awareness of benefits of multiculturalism, foster community cohension, and support equal access to opportunities by people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Overview: In 2016-17, total funding of $1 million will be allocated to diverse multicultural events and projects across Queensland through 2 separate grants rounds:

  • 30 June to 26 August 2016 - grants round for multicultural events - NOW CLOSED
  • Later in 2016 - grants round for multicultural projects.

Under the 2016-17 grants round for multicultural events, funding will be allocated through 2 categories for events to be held in Queensland within the 2017 calendar year:

  • 'Signature Events' with maximum grant level of $20,000 per event.
  • 'Cultural Events' with maximum grant level of $10,000 per event.

Limitations: Community groups, local councils and non-government incorporated organisations that involve or support migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrouonds are eligible to apply for funding.

Unincorporated organisation interested in submitting a funding application will need to seek agreement from an incorporated organisation to act as an auspice agency.

Applications / Guidelines

Application Methods - Online

Website -

Guidelines -

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Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

Grants: $0 to $10,000

Eligible: Not-for-Profits

Round: Ongoing

This Small Grants Program supports strategies to benefit Australian communities.

The aims are to:

  • alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage
  • Strengthen communities abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage


Amanda Flynn Foundation Grant Program

Grants: $5,000 to $50,000

Eligible: Not-for-Profits / Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

Round: Ongoing

The Amanda Flynn Foundation's AFF Grant Program supports practical, locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the mental health and wellbeing of sensitive and at risk children and young people living in Australia. Specifically, it aims to help sensitive and at risk children and young people in order to prevent anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide.


Matana Foundation for Young People Grant Program

Grants: Between $1,000 to $10,000

Eligible: Not-for-Profits / Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

Round: Ongoing

To create a more just society by giving every young person in Australia an equal opportunity to access the skills to negotiate life's journey.


Regional Grants

Economic Development Grant - Cairns

Grants: $5,000 to $30,000

Eligible: Not-for-Profits 

Round: Ongoing

Council's Community Grant Program provides financial and in-kind assistance to eligible community groups and organisations for cultural, social, sport and economic development initiatives.