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Council’s NEW Grants to Community Opening Soon

Council values the local residents and not-for-profit organisations that work tirelessly to help make the Southern Downs Region a unique location to live in. In recognition of these important contributions that impact on the cultural, economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the region, Council continues to support many community-based projects through its Grants to Community funding.

 The 2017/2018 financial year is gearing up to be one in which a broader cross section of the region’s not-for-profit organisations can apply for a financial injection to assist them bring one of their projects to life through Council’s new Funding Streams.


Grants to Community

Funding Streams

Funding Pool


Maximum Grant


Round One


Sport & Recreation Grant;

Community Grant; and

Events Grant.


Capped at $10,000

per applicant

1 July 2017

Fast Grant


Capped at $1,000

per applicant

1 July 2017

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

$50,000 SDRC Contribution

(Plus Arts Qld Contribution)

Not Capped

25 September 2017


Community organisations are awarded funding support for projects that provide a benefit to the Southern Downs community, and align with Council’s Corporate Plan 2014-2019 and Community Plan 2030.  Funds are distributed in an equitable and transparent manner that ensures good governance and adherence to the Local Government Act 2009 and the Local Government Regulation 2012.

 Southern Downs Mayor, Cr Tracy Dobie, said in 2016/17 over 74 applicants shared in around $167,000 worth of Funding to Community that Council made available. 

 “Council is pleased to be able to offer its region’s dedicated not-for-profit organisations approximately $297,000 worth of funding in 2017/18 and I encourage those community groups seeking assistance for their projects to attend the Grants to Community Information Sessions and complete an application for funding online via SmartyGrants.”

 The Grants to Community Information Sessions will cover the NEW Grants to Community Guidelines, NEW Funding Streams and the use of SmartyGrants for completing application and acquittal forms. 

 Mr Michael Bell, Manager Community Services and Major Projects, said that “Council is committed to supporting the local community organisations as they identify local needs and opportunities for building stronger, more connected communities.  In fact, community grants are an excellent way to empower the community, build capacity as well as building more resilient communities.”

 Not-for-profit organisations need to be aware of the high demand and the competitive nature of applying for funding through Council’s Grants to Community and Council emphasises the need for applicants to ensure they meet all the pre-eligibility and assessment criteria.

 Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a Community Information Session (noted below) to learn about the NEW Grants to Community Funding Streams, Guidelines and the use of SmartyGrants. 





Wednesday, 5 July 2017

5.30pm – 6:30pm

Warwick Town Hall

Palmerin St, Warwick

Thursday, 6 July 2017

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Civic Centre Supper Room

61 Marsh Street, Stanthorpe


BEFORE not-for-profit organisations apply for funding, please read the NEW GUIDELINES first, which includes a Glossary of Terms and Frequently Asked Questions.


All information concerning Council’s Grants to Community can be found on its website at


For any questions please contact Council’s Community Services Officer (Grants)

on 1300 697 372 (1300 My SDRC) or via email to

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