Grants & Donations


1. Grant Guru

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We have partnered with one of Australia’s most powerful grant search engines to bring to local businesses and organisations  a FREE one stop search engine for business, event and community grants.  Grant Guru gives you access to one of Australia's most comprehensive and up to date funding databases, making grants accessible and easy to find.  

Grant Guru features advanced filtering, allowing you to narrow down your search by activity, industry and current & future grants. The website also has other valuable information and tips for grant applications. 

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2. Main Street Upgrade Fund

Applications are now open for the Main Street Upgrade Fund. The fund was established to assist owners of commercial buildings to undertake renovations and improvements which will contribute to the public streetscape.

This program provides financial assistance on a dollar for dollar basis (excluding GST) for a variety of improvements to eligible buildings located within the areas below. The maximum amount allocated for any one fund application will be $5,000, though this can be increased to $10,000 if certain conditions are met.

Joint applications are encouraged where improvements are proposed for two (2) or more adjoining properties. In this case multiple funds may be approved, and the funded amount will be in proportion to the number of successful applicants.

The Fund applies to buildings in business zoned areas with a particular focus on:

  • the Central Business District of Queanbeyan,
  • along Wallace Street in Braidwood, and
  • along Gibraltar Street in Bungendore.

 Licensed hotels and clubs are not able to apply for funding.

Applications need to be lodged by close of business 29 October 2021, and can be submitted in the following ways.

  • Via the online application
  • By mail to Main Street Upgrade Fund, PO Box 90, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
  • By email to (subject line ‘Main Street Upgrade Fund’)
  • Delivered in person to the Queanbeyan, Bungendore or Braidwood office

    If you need further information please contact our Land-Use Planning Section on 6285 6276.

    3. Government Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund Grants


    We have received funding from the NSW Government Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) to assist community organisations in the Braidwood area following the Black Summer Bushfires.


    • Help community organisations identify their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats using a SWOT analysis
    • Assist community organisations in developing tailored and evidenced-based Community Action Plans (CAPs) (first round)
    • Fund projects identified in CAPs (second round)

    4. Objectives

    • Build community capacity for future needs
    • Prepare for the next disaster
    • Build personal and societal resilience

    Apply now 

    Funding Streams

    Round 1

    The first round of grants for community groups in the Braidwood district will open on Monday 16 August and close on Monday 13 September. Round one funding will provide costs up to $2,000 to allow community organisations to develop a Community Action Plan. The funding may be used for anything a community organisation needs to complete their plan and could include catering for meetings, laptops, or printers. For an information pack, including a plan template, example plans and details on what represents a thorough SWOT analysis, please email the Braidwood Recovery Hub on or phone 6285 6789.

    The CAPs are sub-plans of Council’s Local Recovery Plan (LRP), reviewed annually and renewed after five years. It is envisaged that each community group’s CAPs will identify short, medium and long-term goals.

    Round 2

    Whilst a Community Action Plan is not a pre-requisite for round 2 funding; we strongly encourage interested organisations to complete a plan because it will:

    • Help you to identify worthwhile projects aimed at improving your community.
    • Give us an understanding of your aims and objectives. This can assist in identifying possible sources and opportunities for future funding and grants.
    • Streamline the process for round 2 of the funding – many of the things determined in your plan will help you satisfy round 2 requirements.

    Round 2 funding application opens on Friday 24 September and closes on Friday 29 October.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Is your organisation a

    • Community group
    • Progress association
    • Sporting group 

    Is your organisation located in

    • Braidwood
    • Reidsdale
    • Nerriga
    • Araluen
    • Majors Creek
    • Bombay
    • Mongarlowe

    5. Bushfire Recovery and Renewal Grants Acquittal

    Click here to view form.

    6. Special Heritage Fund

    The Special Heritage Fund has been suspended for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years.

    7. NSW ClubGRANTS

    2021 NSW ClubGRANTS Recipients

    Organisation Project title
    ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group Family assistance
    Australian War Widows NSW Ltd Support Queanbeyan War Widows Social Club
    Braidwood Life Centre Inc Gumtree Cottage Emergency Housing Project, completion of refurbishment (remaining plumbing costs and all electrical costs)
    Captains Flat Public School Art Space upgrade
    Flourish Australia Bloom art and craft project
    Gidget Foundation Australia Gidget House Queanbeyan: Increased Service Provision
    Karabar High School Aboriginal Girls Academy @ Karabar High School Queanbeyan 
    Karabar Preschool  Outdoor learning space and blinds
    Life Education NSW Building Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Children's Health and Mental Wellbeing Resilience in the Wake of the Covid19 Pandemic 
    Men of League Foundation Limited Rugby League community wellbeing
    PCYC NSW Fit for Life Program @ Queanbeyan PCYC
    QPRC Moore Park shipping container fit out
    Queanbeyan and District Anglican Church Paving at Beth Shalom 
    Queanbeyan Children's Special Needs Group Inc Water Safety Program for children with disabilities 
    Queanbeyan Men's Shed  Provision of air conditioning and heating to Queanbeyan Men's Shed 
    Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre Inc  Queanbeyan Multicultural Supported Playgroup 
    Queanbeyan Public School  Playground Communication Boards 
    Queanbeyan Schools as Community Centre Infant Massage Classes at Queanbeyan SaCC
    Queanbeyan Schools as Community Centre  Transition to School Playgroup 
    Queanbeyan Schools as Community Centre Queanbeyan East Public School (QEPS) Transition to School  Playgroup 
    Queanbeyan Schools as Community Centre  Kindy Gym at Queanbeyan SaCC 
    Queanbeyan Senior Citizen's Association  Carpentry and TV 
    Queanbeyan West public school dresses P&C Free breakfast program for primary school students
    St Benedict's Community Centre (auspice body Life Resources Centre Inc)                                             St Benedict's Community Centre 
    The Shepherd Centre - For Deaf Children  ‘Kidscape’ an arts and music group learning program for children with hearing loss in Queanbeyan-Palerang Council 
    The Warrior Woman Foundation  Young Warriors in STEM- "Code Like A Girl" Scholarships 
    Tirriwirri School, Queanbeyan  Fitness for Secondary Students
    Veterans Motorcycle Club  Veterans Motorcycle Club - Federal Chapter Tour of Duty Bike and Truck Show 
    Vision Australia Vision Australia’s Orientation and Mobility Program - serving Queanbeyan-Palerang residents who are blind or have low vision. 
    Win the Day Win the Day Food and accommodation grants


    Each year through the ClubGRANTS Scheme, clubs across NSW provide tens of thousands of dollars to help support community organisations provide a range of initiatives in areas of community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. 

    The ClubGRANTS generally open in February each year and close in May. To be eligible to apply, you must be a not-for-profit organisation that provides the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. Organisations involved in community or professional sport are also eligible to apply. Grant requests in the past have ranged from $2k - $40k depending on the needs of the organisation.  

    All applications must be completed online at For further information contact the QPRC ClubGRANTS Committee at  

    Tips for completing your ClubGRANTS application

    • Ensure you have completed and supplied your Standard Funding Report Form for any previous grants.
    • Read the grant guidelines before you start your application.
    • Demonstrate the direct outputs, outcomes and impact of your project for the community.
    • Be clear about what you want to achieve.
    • Use clear language and avoid jargon.
    • Present any relevant supporting material (e.g. data, supporting letters) and make sure it's presented clearly.
    • Do your homework and know the aspirations, questions and needs in the community. Pay particular attention to, and document, what projects are already running in the community, and where the gaps may be.
    • Discuss your project ideas with similar/specialist organisations in Queanbeyan, make connections with other local organisations and where possible consider and develop partnership projects.

    8. Sports Assistance Scheme

    As part of our commitment to local sport the Sports Assistance Scheme provides funding to local sporting groups.

    The scheme is available for a wide range of assistance including:

    • Equipment Assistance
    • Special Events Assistance
    • Elite Athletes Assistance

    Grants in the scheme are awarded to clubs on a dollar for dollar basis. Applications may be submitted at any time of the year, however, they will only be presented for approval at the end of May and November with $3500 available. Applications must be forwarded to the Sport and Recreation Officer by the end of May or November for an assessment. More information can be obtained from Jason Robinson who can be contacted on 02 6285 6296 or by email to

    9. Cultural Grants

    The aim of Council's Cultural Grants program is to assist local arts, artists, musicians, performers, writers and arts/cultural groups to start and develop their own projects, and to improve the community’s opportunities for involvement in cultural and arts activities. Applications are open throughout the year, or until funds have been exhausted. 

    Cultural/community organisations, individuals or groups of individuals for projects are welcome to apply. These need to meet the cultural grants aims and eligibility criteria, and demonstrate that they are of benefit to the community through their cultural or artistic outcomes. 

    With the restrictions currently imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must provide Council with a COVID-safe plan for their event or activity. They must also comply with all current COVID social gathering restrictions.

    Applicants should also ensure that all previous grant funds received from Council have been acquitted. It is a condition of funding that all projects be formally acquitted. This will include completing an acquittal form, providing copies of receipts and copies of all media and Council acknowledgement.  It is also a condition of Cultural Grants that formal acknowledgement of Council support appear on all publicity, promotion, media and correspondence relating to the assistance provided. 

    Applicants are advised read the attached Cultural Grants Guidelines(PDF, 139KB) and seek guidance and advice from our Grants Officer on (02) 6285 6044 or our Culture & Arts Team Leader on (02) 6285 6170 when making an application. 

    Download the Cultural Grants Guidelines here(PDF, 139KB)

    Apply now

    10. Annual Community Grants Program Category B

    Applications have now closed for the 2021/22 funding round of the Annual Community Grants Program.

    Applications for our Annual Community Grants Program must be received by the specified date in May each year. The Scheme is open to non-profit community organisations or groups based in or affiliated with the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council area. They must be for the charitable purposes of either the relief of poverty, the advancement of education or other community purposes for which there is agreement by resolution of Council. We may provide financial assistance for eligible organisations upon application each year under our Donations Policy.

    Applications will not be considered until previous projects have been completed; and financial reports have been provided through the acquittal process.

    QPRC Annual Community Grants Program Category B funding provides financial assistance to community not-for-profit or charitable organisations that wish to hire a Council facility but who are unable to meet the cost of hire. This grant will be non-monetary however, will be recognised financially as a donation and be recognised as income for the facility. The grant will be considered as either full or partial payment of venue hire.

    11. Grants available for the community, organisations and Council

    • The Australian Government Business website also has a grant finder where you can search a comprehensive database of grants, funding and support programs that are available to help businesses to grow and succeed -
    • The Australian Government Community Grants Hub website provides a comprehensive database of community-based grants provided by the Federal Government, at
    • The 'Create NSW' Arts and Cultural Development Program – A number of funding opportunities exist under this program. For more information go to
    • The NSW Community Building Partnership Program annually provides funding for community infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion. For more information go to -
    • ClubGRANTS
    • Multicultural NSW Grants - The Multicultural NSW Grants Program invests in community projects and activities that foster community engagement, build community harmony and social cohesion and celebrate the unique riches of our culturally diverse state. More information is available at -
    • The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage provides funding support to local and state government entities, landholders, developers, schools and educators, business and community organisations. For information go to -
    • Sports and Recreation Grants - Each year the Office of Sport provides millions in government grants to nurture sporting talent, help build sports facilities and develop the industry as a whole. For more information go to
    • Australia Council for the Arts – The council’s grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity. For more information go to -
    • Regional Growth Fund - The Regional Growth Fund will invest in projects that facilitate regional development through six funds. Applications will be open to local government, regional organisations, industry and other community organisations. For more information go to -