Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Funding available

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

Thriving Queensland Communities Grants for Neighbourhood Centres

Applications are invited from Queensland Government funded neighbourhood centres for one-off funding of between $2,000 and $10,000 to support projects and activities that enhance the centre’s ability to listen and respond to local issues.

We are offering a total of $550,000 in Thriving Queensland Communities Grants for Neighbourhood Centres to deliver initiatives, support staff development or purchase equipment that will help Queensland communities thrive.

How to apply

Applications must be made through the Queensland Families and Communities Association website.

Applications open on Monday, 21 May and close at 5.00pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Friday 22 June.

For more information email:

5.00 pm Friday 22 June 2018

Apply through the Queensland Families and Communities Association website.


2018-19 Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program

The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program provides funding for local projects and initiatives to enhance the age-friendliness of communities across Queensland.

Over three years from 2017–18, $1 million per annum will be made available through open funding rounds to seed fund community projects involving partnerships between local government, community and other organisations to co-develop, implement and promote innovative age-friendly projects.

Applications are invited for non-recurrent seed funding of up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) per annum to deliver age-friendly projects from August 2018.

Each year the age-friendly community grants program will focus on specific age-friendly domains. The 2018 - 19 round will focus on:

  • Civic participation and employment
  • Community support and health services
  • Respect and social inclusion

Applications close 5pm Monday 25 June 2018.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants are open to organisations who can display a strong correlation between their project and benefits to the population of older people. Some examples include:

  • community groups
  • local councils
  • non-government organisations
  • research institutions and universities
  • for-profit organisations within the private sector.

Information for applicants

Resources – Queensland age-friendly communities

The Queensland Government has developed age-friendly resources in accordance with the World Health Organization an age-friendly cities model.  

The Queensland: an age-friendly community domain information and the age-friendly communities good practice review resources provide additional information to assist grant applicants.

How do I apply online?

  • 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 difficulties with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, please contact SmartyGrants directly:

Phone: (03) 9320 6888

SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you do not have an internet connection or are unable to access the online application form, please email to request a hard copy of the application form.

If the FAQ’s do not address your question, or for all queries about the grants program, please contact:

5.00 pm Monday 25 June 2018

Information paper (PDF, 621 KB) Information paper (DOCX, 46 KB)

Frequently asked questions (PDF, 500 KB) Frequently asked questions (DOCX, 735 KB)

Fact sheet (PDF, 385 KB) Fact sheet (DOCX, 123 KB)

Smarty Grants application


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