Grants & Donations

1. Grant Guru

Never miss a grant opportunity again by signing up with Grant Guru!

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. Bushfire Recovery and Renewal Grants Acquittal

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3. Special Heritage Fund

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

4. Local Heritage Places Grants

In conjunction with the NSW Heritage Office, a Local Heritage Places Fund has been established by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.  This provides grants for work on heritage properties including those listed in one of the applicable local environmental plans or on the State Heritage Register as it applies to Braidwood or to properties within a heritage conservation area in the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Local Government Area.  The aim of the project is to encourage and support as much positive work on heritage items as possible.

Applications for the 2020-21 year have now closed. Applications will open for the 2021-22 year in August 2021.

5. NSW ClubGRANTS

Local community organisations are invited to apply for funding for projects or initiatives that contribute to supporting the welfare of the community. 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 open on 15 February and close 21 May 2021. 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. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport. Grant requests in the past have ranged from $2k - $40k depending on the needs of the organisation.  

All applications must be completed online at https://www.clubgrants.com.au. For further information contact the QPRC ClubGRANTS Committee at ClubGRANTS@qprc.nsw.gov.au.  

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.

6. 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 jason.robinson@qprc.nsw.gov.au.

7. 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)

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8. Annual Community Grants Program

Applications are now open for the 2021/22 funding round of the Annual Community Grants Program. Applications close 5.00pm, Friday 7 May 2021.

Applications are accepted online through Council's Smartygrants portal.

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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.

The program is split into two categories as listed below: 

Category 'A' Funding

For

  • The relief of poverty or provision of assistance to the less advantaged through welfare.
  • Services and facilities, public health services and facilities, education services and facilities.
  • Transport services and facilities and housing
  • From time to time, Council may make funds available under its Annual Community Grants Program for local, not-for-profit community groups and, in some cases, individuals. The aim is to support a wide range of activities that builds community capacity, fosters social networks and information exchange, facilitates cooperation and builds on existing community strengths.

Category 'B Funding

To provide 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.

9. 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 - https://www.business.gov.au/assistance
  • The Australian Government Community Grants Hub website provides a comprehensive database of community-based grants provided by the Federal Government, at https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants
  • The 'Create NSW' Arts and Cultural Development Program – A number of funding opportunities exist under this program. For more information go to https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/category/funding-and-support/
  • 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 - https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/projects-and-initiatives/community-building-partnership/
  • 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 - https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants
  • 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 - https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/
  • 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 https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants
  • 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 - http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/
  • 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 - https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/