Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants

The Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants for 2019-21 support implementation of the Thriving Cohesive Communities: Action Plan for Queensland 2019-21 (Stage 2). Grants were released in two tranches in October and December 2019 to fund projects through five grant streams that strengthen family and community connection and support young people to take up meaningful roles in their community.

Tranche 1

Sixteen organisations have been successful in their application for a Thriving Cohesive Communities Grant for Tranche 1.

Stream 1: Youth Connect – Contribute – Lead



Project Title

Project delivery location by electorate

Project Description

Grant funding (exc. GST)


JOII Community Ltd.

Scenic Rim TRACTION Small Engines Program

Scenic Rim

This project will offer the TRACTION Small Engines Program within the Scenic Rim, delivering four programs over four school terms. The program empowers and re-connects young people through action-based learning in restoring small engines; where trainer-mentors provide guidance, skills development and positive role modelling that builds confidence and success.



Deception Bay Community Youth Programs Assoc. Inc.

Deception Bay Activate Your Destiny


Activate your Destiny will fill an important gap in post intervention services by providing opportunities for young people in Deception Bay to maintain engagement with services and build social/relational stability to set and achieve their positive destination goals. The project builds on the successful crisis and early intervention work DBCYP currently provides to young people.



Hosanna Logan City


Inala, Logan, Woodridge

Creating social ventures that address social issues as identified by young people/families. Great leaders don't set out to be leaders, but to make a difference! Participants will work in groups receiving coaching to be the drivers of change on social issues impacting them through social ventures with support/training from #Born2Lead.



Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc.

Indigenous Youth Aquatic Education and Skills Program


This project promotes inclusion of Indigenous young people in the greater Cairns community through equipping them for public roles in life-saving and emergency care. Fifteen indigenous youth will undertake swimming and first-aid instruction, advanced resuscitation and public communications training. Participants are supported to achieve three Award certificates including First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and Bronze Medallion, all of which create employment pathways in aquatics, emergency services and lifeguarding.



The Ted Noffs Foundation

Mobile Street University

Coomera, Ipswich, Oodgeroo, Redlands, Theodore

The project will use a mobile 'street university' staffed by specialist facilitators to engage disconnected young people in locations currently lacking in services they feel comfortable using. The service will conduct workshops and activities that incorporate creative use of music, art, dance, theatre, sport, street culture, life skills development and technology and design.



Open Doors Youth Service Inc.

Pride Arts Connection and Community Cohesion Program

Aspley, Bulimba, Bundamba, Inala, Ipswich, Logan, Lytton, Mcconnel, Mount Ommaney, Nudgee, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Sandgate, South Brisbane, Woodridge

Open Doors Youth Service Inc. will deliver a one of a kind 12-month program to at-risk LGBTI+ young people between the ages of 12-24 and their families with the aim to foster connection to community, family, and peers and empower confidence, resilience and leadership through the creative arts.



Sisters Inside Inc.

Youth Connect Thru Art (NQ)

Burdekin, Hinchinbrook, Mundingburra, Thuringowa, Townsville

Engaging through an art group, this project aims to reduce the number of young people in, and returning to, prison. It will address multi-generational family breakdown and associated criminalisation, particularly in First Nations families, through facilitating parent/child relationships whilst either/both are in prison and post-release family reunification and community connections.



Multicultural Australia Ltd.

Redbank Plains Youth Space


To support the development of a youth space at Redbank Plains State High School delivering the Skill Up program, alongside activities including sport, leadership, and other programs, tailored to target and engage the participants. The aim is to improve relationships and outcomes for young people, their peers, and their families.



Multicultural Community Centre Ltd. (Auspicing: REKON Youth Outreach Service)

REKON Youth Outreach Program


REKON provides strength-based cultural, creative arts and sports programs for youth to create culturally socially inclusive life transforming opportunities. REKON is led by a team of youth workers, in partnership with local community groups and arts facilitators. This program will be delivered within Logan including Loganlea, Kingston and Yarrabilba.



The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Our Voice

Hervey Bay, Maryborough

Our Voice will support a minimum of 60 young people to complete a 10 week program to develop work skills, peer skills, cultural skills and leadership skills while developing one part of the School Leavers Guide as an e-resource. A total of 6 intakes with be delivered over 18 months.


Stream 2: Locals speaking to locals



Project Title

Project delivery location by electorate

Project Description

Grant funding (exc. GST)


Ethni Inc.


Aspley, Bulimba, Burleigh, Chatsworth, Clayfield, Coomera, Everton, Ferny Grove, Greenslopes, Logan, Macalister, Mansfield, Mount Ommaney, Mudgeeraba, Nudgee, South Brisbane, Southport, Springwood, Stafford, Woodridge

The ‘Discover’ project aims to foster intercultural understanding and dialogue and build cultural competency among children and young people through cultural arts workshops in schools, while at the same time provide training, employment and leadership skills for young women from CALD backgrounds.



Townsville Intercultural Centre Ltd.

Queensland - We're All In This Together

Mundingburra, Townsville

The project will give CALD and ATSI Queenslanders the opportunity to participate in a short film festival. Their personal stories, family histories and cultural information will be recorded and published through the agency's extensive social media channels. A series of workshops will prepare participants for the recording.



Dalby Welcoming Community Inc.

Dalby - it’s the People


The project focuses on Dalby's greatest asset - its people!   Locals will decorate 100 life-size corflute figures creating a people scape depicting the amazing diversity of the community and motivate ongoing conversation. It will capture Dalby's community spirit with the figures being displayed at Gallery 107 and Dalby's Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival.



Nambour Community Centre Inc.

Create, Connect and Contribute

Buderim, Kawana, Maroochydore, Nicklin

A welcoming social connection hub will be set up where women from many countries talk, support and learn while pursuing their interests and passions at Nambour Community Centre and out in the community. Women will develop leadership skills, manage conflict and understand collaborative processes to continue the project.



Strong Communities Ltd.

Humans of Gladstone

Burnett, Callide, Gladstone

Humans of Gladstone is a community storytelling project run in a range of platforms that features Gladstone community residents of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The project is designed to initiate conversations to increase exposure and build awareness, knowledge and understanding of the diverse identity of Queenslanders.



Bundaberg Regional Council

Our people, our stories


‘Our people, our stories’ will bring together individuals and groups and explore the many varied origins of the people who make up this Region. The aim is to build capacity of community to address discrimination by developing postcards to raise awareness of the varied individuals and groups that make the Region unique.


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Tranche 2

Applications for Tranche 2 grants have now closed and are being assessed.

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