Funding available

The department is currently inviting applications for the following funding programs
Funding initiativeClosing date

Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants

Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants form part of the Queensland Government’s social cohesion program to build cohesive and resilient Queensland communities and foster a strong sense of belonging for all Queenslanders.

Tranche 1

Over $900,000 of non-recurrent grant funding is available for community projects of up to 18 months duration (January 2020 – June 2021) that strengthen family and community connection and support young people to take up meaningful roles in their community.

We are offering one-off funding under two streams:

  1. Youth connect – contribute – lead — up to $120,000 (exc. GST) per project from January 2020 – June 2021.
  2. Locals speaking to locals — up to $45,000 (exc. GST) per project from January 2020 – June 2021.

For more information about these funding streams please see the Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants — Funding Information Paper - Tranche 1.

How to apply

Applications are made online through SmartyGrants If you are new to SmartyGrants you will need to register before you can apply. Refer to the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants for information on registering and completing your application form.

If you are having technical problems with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, please contact SmartyGrants. The SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Phone: (03) 9320 6888

Applications open on Friday 25 October and close at 2:00pm on Monday 25 November 2019.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants are open to organisations across Queensland who can demonstrate a strong linkage between their project and the project objectives. Eligibility includes:

  • Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity, including Neighbourhood and Community Centres and ATSI community-controlled organisations
  • Non-government not-for-profit organisations
  • Local Government Authorities (LGAs)
  • P&C Associations
  • Co-operatives
  • Unincorporated community groups and user-led groups who are auspiced by an eligible entity.

Information for applicants

It is strongly recommended that you read the submission information before starting your application.

Submission information

2.00 PM Monday 25 November 2019

Community Drought Support

In 2019-20, a total of $5 million (excluding GST) has been made available through the Community Drought Support grants.

The grants aim to strengthen the resilience of drought-affected Queenslanders through the delivery of:

  • Flexible Financial Hardship payments to alleviate hardship and cost of living pressures for individuals, households and communities impacted by the drought; and
  • community events and activities that contribute to connectedness and social well-being.

Applications are invited from eligible organisations to deliver between $18,000 and $244,000 in one-off funding in the 37 fully and partially drought-declared local government areas* from March 2020.

Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, local councils, neighbourhood centres, emergency relief providers, and school P&Cs are the types of organisations that are encouraged to apply to deliver the Flexible Financial Hardship payments and community events and activities.

Organisations are encouraged to deliver the funds in ways that meet the specific needs of their communities.

Applications close 5PM Friday 13 December 2019.

For more information, including how to make a funding submission, please refer to the Funding Information Paper or email

 * As declared by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries at 1 September 2019.


Submission information

5.00 PM Friday 13 December 2019