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Grants Newsletter

October 2021

Please visit the Community Group Hub webpage to view information and resources including grant writing tips for your community group. 

City of Gold Coast Initiatives

Online Community Group Hub

Are you a part of a Gold Coast community group? Community organisations including sporting clubs, are the heart and soul of our city, and our new online hub is your one-stop-shop for free information and resources.

The Hub contains a wide range of practical templates, tools and tips. You’ll also find information on:
• free workshops
• grant writing
• accessing City facilities
• volunteering
• managing your organisation
• and much more.

Explore our online Community Group Hub today at

City Connect Workshops

Workshop 1: Holding online meetings
Presented by: City of Gold Coast

    Date: Wednesday 3 November 2021
    Time: 5.30pm-7pm
    Location: Robina Community Centre

    Date: Tuesday 16 November 2021
    Time: 11am-12.30pm
    Location: Southport Community Centre

    Date: Wednesday 1 December 2021
    Time: 5.30pm-7pm
    Location: Ormeau Community Centre

Local groups are invited to learn tips and tricks for hosting online meetings as well as how to use the City of Gold Coast’s new “Smartroom” video conferencing technology.

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Workshop 2: Recruiting and retaining volunteers
Presented by: City of Gold Coast
Date: Thursday 11 November 2021
Time: 5.30pm-7pm
Location: In person at Upper Coomera Centre or Online (via Teams)

Local groups are invited to learn ways to promote and explore volunteering opportunities and retain volunteers. Topics include methods to help you recruit new volunteers, retention strategies, and promotions avenues and techniques.

To secure your place at any of the above workshops, please register online at or phone 07 5581 6642. A full list of workshops for 2021 can be found on the City Connect webpage.

We want our workshops to be as accessible as possible, please advise if you have any accessibility requirements when you register.

City of Gold Coast Funding Opportunities

City of Gold Coast Community Event Grants Program

No Closing Date
The Community Event Grants Program (including annual community events) is a divisionally based program that is allocated funding each financial year to support community organisations to deliver community events that are open to the public and are in the public interest.


Other Funding Opportunities

RACQ Community Grant Program

Closing 22 October 2021
The RACQ Community Grant Program gives community groups, charities and sporting clubs the opportunity to rebuild after cyclones, severe storms, bushfires and droughts.

Queensland Remembers- Minor Capital Works Program

Closing 25 October 2021
The Minor Capital Works Grants Program aims to improve support for the veteran’s community by delivering minor capital works projects such as repairing or maintaining buildings or facilities, or for the purchase or equipment. The program will improve the use of facilities by veterans or organisations that support veterans by addressing safety, accessibility, amenity, layout and other facility issues. Funding is available from $1,000 to $50,000.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund

Closing 31 October 2021
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Harcourts Foundation Grants

Closing 3 November 2021
The Harcourts Foundation provides grants to grow and enrich communities in which they operate.  Grant applications will be accepted for project, events, items, or initiatives that benefit the local community.

Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness

Closing 8 November 2021
The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy, and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting permanent housing, housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions. Projects that focus on ending and preventing women’s homelessness are priority areas for the program.

Budget Direct Grants Program

Closing 31 December 2021
Budget Direct provide grants to organisations that help build strong, vibrant communities, support in need or at-risk Australians or provide local community services.

Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant

Closing 31 December 2021
The Community Grant program aims to support organisations that work within their local community and encourages helping the community in times of need, promoting positive health and wellbeing and supporting community services and groups.

Honda Foundation Grants

Closing 4 February 2022
The Honda Foundation provides financial assistance to charities and organisations working across a range of social and environmental issues. These include:
•Supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness
•Relief for victims of natural disasters
•Promotion of innovation and new technologies

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COVID-19 National Funding Platform

No Closing Date
Australian Communities Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have partnered to provide a national funding platform to coordinate the philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profit organisations can register their funding needs relating to COVID-19 so that Australian philanthropic funders can connect with and support the important work underway to tackle the pandemic and protect our communities.

Australian Communities Foundation Grants

No Closing Date

The Australian Communities Foundation hosts a Funding Proposal Portal which allows community organisations to submit their proposal for the donor community to identify grant opportunities that align with their interests.


Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Grants

No Closing Date
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation provides funding to community organisation in the following three categories:
1. Core operations
This refers to organisational and administrative costs such as salaries and overheads that maintain the everyday operation of an organisation. 
2. Capacity Building
Capacity building grants aim to strengthen organisations by investing in core competencies. 
3. Programs
This refers to costs that are directly related to the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of a specific program or activity.

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Where to find grants and grant writing information:

The Funding Centre newsletter.

Queensland Government Community Grants

Australian Government Grants

Queensland Council of Social Service

Philanthropy Australia

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Further information

Contact Safe and Liveable Communities Branch at, visit our website at City of Gold Coast.

Click on the following links for information on:

Supporting our Community | Cultural Diversity | Safety and Security | Population data | Supporting community groups

Language Assistance

If you require language assistance or an interpreter, please get in touch with the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. You will need to provide them with the language you require and ask them to telephone City of Gold Coast on
1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326).

People who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can contact City of Gold Coast through the National Relay Service (NRS).
•Teletypewriter (TTY) users - phone 133 677 then enter the City of Gold Coast number
1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326)
•Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users - phone 1300 555 727 and ask them to telephone City of Gold Coast on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326)
•Internet relay users - connect to the NRS ( and then enter the City of Gold Coast number - 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326)

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