$150,000 to help celebrate our 50th anniversary
  • Wednesday 07 September 2016
Mayor Jamieson at the 50th anniversary launch

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast and local community groups and organisations are invited to the party.

A new, one-off 50th Anniversary Fund is now open to not-for-profit groups and organisations for projects, events and activities that support the 50th anniversary and its legacy.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said that the special one-off Anniversary Fund would allow community groups and organisations to play a key part in the milestone celebrations.

“The plan for the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast is to celebrate our identity and engage our community,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Through this Anniversary Fund, we would like to encourage our community groups and organisations to join council and be part of the 50th celebrations.”

Not-for-profit community organisations that operate within the Sunshine Coast local government area or can demonstrate the project, activity or event will benefit residents of the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area are eligible to apply for a 50th Anniversary Fund grant.

There are two types of grants available, category A Grants up to $2000 and category B Grants up to $20,000.


Funding Type 

Application Dates

Project Dates

Notification Dates

Category A.
Up to $2000 to enhance activities,
projects or events with commemorative 50th anniversary components


Round 1
Opens 5 September 2016
Closes 31 October 2016
Round 2
Opens 6 March 2017
Closes 19 May 2017

1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017

Round 1
16 December 2016
Round 2
26 June 2017


Category B.
Up to $20,000 to create new activities,
projects or events that specifically
celebrate the 50th anniversary

Expressions of Interest
Open 5 September 2016
Close 31 October 2016 

1 August 2017 to
31 December 2017

EOI outcome:
17 November 2016
Application outcome:
23 March 2017

Applications are also open for the Community Grants – Minor Grants program.

Not-for-profit community groups can apply for grants of up to $2000 in one of seven categories: Community Development, Community Facilities, Cultural Development, Cultural Heritage, Economic Development, Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living and Community Events.

For more information, to discuss your project or for assistance with an application, contact a Grants Officer on 5420 8616, email grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants

If you need extra help, Grants Officers can arrange to meet with you in your local community.

Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants for eligibility criteria and application forms.