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Grants to Community & RADF

Each financial year the Southern Downs Regional Council includes in its budget a sum of money to be awarded to not-for-profit organisations and individual competitor's throughout the region, as follows:

Grants to Community

In 2020/2021 Council's Grants to Community will comprise of one (1) funding stream

  • Community Grant

For more information, please click the Grants to Community tab on the left of this screen.

Drought Communities Program - Extension

Expression of Interest - Water Carting - NOW OPEN

Southern Downs Regional Council has been allocated funding from the Australian Government under the Drought Communities Program - Extension.  As such, Council may cover the cost of water carting to rural residents.  To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Apply via an Expression of Interest (download from link below)
  • Pay the cost of potable water supply (Council will only pay for water cartage)
  • Not be connected to reticulated supply.

Cartage will be capped at one (1) delivery for a maximum of 22 500 L per property.

Expression of Interest Form - Water Carting (PDF 267.4KB)

Community Drought Recovery Projects 2020

Southern Downs Regional Council has been allocated funding from the Australian Government through the Drought Communities Programme - Extension Grant to deliver economic stimulus and other benefits to drought-affected regions of Australia.  The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities who have been impacted by drought.  Applications are invited from regional community organisations to undertake upgrades to community halls, clubhouses and community managed facilities.

For more information, please click the Community Drought Recovery Projects 2020 tab on the left of this screen.

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

The Regional Arts Development Fund ("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. 

For more information, please click the RADF tab on the left of this screen.

Local Events Funding Program

The Local Events Grants Program is a temporary funding program jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments as a component of the 2019 Queensland Bushfires Community Recovery Package under Category C of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. 

The objectives of the Local Events Program are to:

  • Develop high quality, innovative products, events and experiences
  • Stimulate the local economy by enabling event organisers, businesses and non-for-profit organisations to engage local contractors and purchase from local businesses through event management activities;
  • Generate local and visitor economic activity;
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the region as a destination

For mor information, please click the Local Events Funding Program tab on the left of this screen.

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