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Grants to Community - Funding Streams

The Grants to Community Funding Streams are the:

  • Community Grant
  • Events Grant
  • Sport & Recreation Grant; and
  • Fast Grant.

    Grants to Community - Guidelines (Updated: 27 November 2017)

    The Grants to Community Guidelines includes a Glossary of Terms and Frequently Asked Questions.  Everything an applicant needs to know about the Grants to Community Funding Streams can be found in the Guidelines.  Council encourages all applicants to read the Grants to Community Guidelines prior to completing their application form online. 

    Some Tips to Help Write a Successful Grant Application

    Not all grant applications are successful, therefore, in an endeavour to assist Southern Downs not-for-profit organisations write their applications, the below document has been compiled for your reference.

    Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) - Guidelines

    RADF is a partnership between State and Local Governments which invests 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.  Everything an applicant needs to know about RADF can be found in the Guidelines.  Council encourages all applicants to read the Guidelines prior to completing their application form online.

    Community Information Sessions

    The Grants to Community - Community Information Sessions took place on 5 July 2017 in Warwick with 59 people attending and on 6 July 2017 in Stanthorpe with 23 people attending.  Overall, 48 Southern Downs not-for-profit organisations were represented at the Information Sessions.

    Funding Rounds

    Funding Streams:  Sport & Recreation Grant, Community Grant and Events Grant. 

                ROUND ONE            ROUND TWO 
     Opens:     Closed   Closed
     Closes:    Closed   Closed
     Funding is for projects taking place between:    Closed    16 December 2017 and
    30 June 2018

    Funding Stream:  Fast Grant 

                ROUND ONE           ROUND TWO           ROUND THREE
     Opens:     Closed    Closed   2 December 2017
     Closes:    Closed    Closed   15 June 2018
     Funding is for projects taking place between:    Closed    Closed    16 December 2017 and
    30 June 2018

    Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) 

                ROUND ONE            ROUND TWO 
     Opens:    Monday, 6 November 2017    To Be Advised
     Closes:    Friday, 8 December 2017 (midnight)    To Be Advised
     Projects must not commence before    Monday, 29 January 2018    To Be Advised

    Application Forms        

    Applications for Council's grants are made online via SmartyGrants and will be available for completion in accordance with the dates each Round opens and closes as noted above. 

    Click on the grant name link below that you are applying for which will re-direct you to SmartyGrants, where you complete the on-line application form.

    A SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants is accessible online at:  SmartyGrants - Help Guide for Applicants and the SmartyGrants Frequently Asked Questions may also be of assistance SmartyGrants - Applicant FAQ's.  Applicants may telephone SmartyGrants - Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm AEST on (03) 9320 6888 or via email to

    Applicants may also contact Council - Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm on 1300 697 372 (1300 MY SDRC) or via email to

    Book & Borrow a Council Banner

    Successful Council Grant recipients are welcome to Book and Borrow a Council Banner to use for their projects.  This provides another avenue for the purposes of acknowledging Council's contribution to your project and can be included in your Grants to Community Acquittal Form or RADF Project Outcome Report.  Click on the link below, complete the form and submit it to Council.  You will be contacted as soon as the Banner is available for collection.

    Resources for Applicants

    The following resources may be of assistance when completing a Grants to Community application form.

    Requests for Council Sponsorship

    Requests for sponsorship from Council are to be made by submitting an application form through one of the relevant Grants to Community Funding Streams - when it is open.

    Requests for Letters of Support

    Requests for a Letter of Support from Council to accompany a grant funding application need to be made by completing a Request for Letter of Support Form (PDF 146.4KB) (PDF 146.4KB) and returning it to Council.  Please allow five (5) working days for completion.

     Successful Recipients of Council's Grants to Community

     External Funding Opportunities

    • Australian Council for the Arts
      • Search for funding programs offered by the Australia Council for the Arts which is the Australian Government's Arts Funding and Advisory Body
    • Community Grant Guru
      • A free searchable listing of nation wide grants and funding programs for community based and not-for-profit organisations.
    • Funding Centre
      • The Funding Centre provides information on grants and fundraising in Australia.  Access to a live grants database and other resources is on a subscription basis.


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