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Grants to Community

Funding Streams

The Grants to Community Funding Streams are the:

  • Sport & Recreation Grant
  • Community Grant
  • Events Grant
  • Fast Grant
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)


    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. 

    Community Information Sessions

    The 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: Saturday, 1 July 2017     Opens: Saturday, 30 September 2017 
     Closes: Sunday, 30 July 2017     Closes: Sunday, 29 October 2017 
    Funding is available for projects taking place between:
     1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018   16 December 2017 and 30 June 2018 

     Funding Stream:  Fast Grant 

         ROUND ONE        ROUND TWO        ROUND THREE
     Opens:     Saturday, 1 July 2017    Monday, 21 August 2017    Monday, 20 November 2017 
     Closes:    Friday, 21 July 2017    Friday, 20 October 2017    Friday, 15 June 2018
     Funding is available for projects taking place between:
     1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018

     Funding Stream:   Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) 

    ROUND ONE                 ROUND TWO 
     Opens:  Monday, 25 September 2017    Opens:   Monday, 8 January 2018 
     Closes:  Friday, 20 October 2017    Closes:  Friday, 2 February 2018

    Application Forms

    Applications for Council's Grants to Community Funding Streams 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

    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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