Regional grants

National Stronger Regions Fund

The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years starting from 2015–16.

The Fund provides local community projects with between $20,000 and $10 million, covering up to 50 per cent of project costs. It supports a range of local and regional development initiatives which can range from transport projects to the development of sports and community facilities.

Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants. Funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

Projects seeking funding will be considered in consultation with the Australian Government’s National Infrastructure Committee, which has a strong interest in, and commitment to, harnessing the potential of Australia’s regions.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Fund would enhance the economic growth, activity and output of Australia’s regions and sustain these gains into the future.

Round Two closed on 31 July 2015.

The Guidelines for the National Stronger Regions Fund detail the type of project proposals sought, how to lodge an application, how assessments will be conducted, and critical program dates.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast to discuss opportunities, identify infrastructure projects, facilitate bringing key parties together and/or assist with applications.


Sunshine Coast Council grants


Noosa Council funding and grants

Noosa Council’s Community Grants are intended to help organisations and individuals to meet community needs, build community skills and resilience and develop and maintain community infrastructure.

  • Community Project Grant
  • Regional Arts Development Fund
  • Annual Operational Costs Grant
  • Festive Season Event Grant
  • Three Year Sports Field Maintenance Agreement
  • Three Year Community Hall Management and Maintenance Agreement

Business Development Fund

Queensland businesses at the forefront of commercialising cutting edge research or innovative ideas, products or services have an opportunity to access $40 million of investment to help unlock their innovative potential.

Through the Business Development Fund the State Government will invest between $125,000 and $2.5 million in a Queensland business to assist them turn their ideas and innovations into a commercial reality.


Startup Queensland

The Startup Queensland fund aims to build capability within Queensland’s startup community. A startup is defined as a new high-growth potential business, developing innovative products and services, with a globally scalable market.

  • Funding is available for up to 50% of total eligible activity costs, up to a maximum of $25,000 (excluding GST) per activity.
  • The round will remain open until funding is exhausted or 30 June 2016, whichever occurs first.
  • Applications must be received at least six weeks before the activity date.
  • All activities must be completed by 15 December 2016.

Stronger Communities Programme

The objective of the Stronger Communities Programme is to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

  • Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available.
  • Applicants are required to confirm matched funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • Funding of $150,000 per electorate per year will be allocated for two years starting 2015-16.

Queensland Destination Events Program

The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

  • Destination Event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 – $25,000 per year)
  • Significant Event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 – $100,000 per year)
  • Funding rounds closing dates: 30 October 2015, 16 March 2016, 30 June 2016.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund


Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grants available for a charitable purpose that benefits the residents of Australia’s rural, regional or remote communities.


Australian Communities Foundation Funding

Grants fall broadly into the areas of arts and culture, community development and advocacy, community services and welfare, disability, education, training and employment, environment, health and medical research, overseas aid and development.


Advance Queensland funding and support programs


New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Eligible job seekers interested in starting and running a small business may be able to access assistance through the NEIS.


Business Finance Loans – Indigenous Business Australia

Indigenous Business Australia assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to establish, acquire and grow viable small to medium businesses, by providing and facilitating access to business support services and business finance.


Rural and Regional Development Grant

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation supports initiatives which fall under the following themes and benefit rural, regional and remote communities within Queensland: Arts, education, community.

  • $10,000+ – open

Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream

Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways will address youth unemployment by supporting businesses to employ more young people; and community organisations to help young people return to school, start vocational training or move into work.

The two pilot programs are available for the Sunshine Coast until 29 February 2016.


Capital Grants Programme

The Capital Grants Programme provides funding to assist non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.


First Start Loan – Primary producer

First Start Loans provide finance up to $650,000 to assist you in the early years of establishing your primary production enterprise. Obtain the finance you need to enter into primary production or to become a full-time primary producer.


Community Support Programme

The Community Support Programme assists child care providers to establish or maintain viable services in parts of the country where they might not otherwise be viable or able to meet the unique requirements of the community, such as in disadvantaged or regional and remote areas.


Australia Council Grant Programs

Australia Council has developed a new grants model which will support a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity.

  • Fellowships – $100,000
  • Development grants for individuals and groups – $5,000 – $25,000
  • Arts projects for individuals and groups – $10,000 – $50,000
  • Arts projects – organisations – $10,000 to $150,000
  • Six year funding – organisations

Government programs delivered by the Australia Council

  • Visions of Australia: Regional Exhibition Touring Fund
  • Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund
  • Contemporary Music Touring Program – Up to $15,000
  • Festivals Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund
  • ArtStart – Up to $10,000

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

The Fund is focused on the broad areas of health and wellbeing, community safety, the environment and education.


Google Ad Grants

Google Ad Grants empower nonprofit organisations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google search result pages.

Open to non-profit organisations which hold current and valid charity status.


Restart Wage Subsidy

Restart offers up to $10,000 support to employers who employ and retain eligible job seekers who are 50 years of age or older, and who have been unemployed and on income support for six months or more.