Calling all not-for-profits – start prepping your grant applications now!
  • Monday 18 January 2021
Grant applications

It’s a brand new year and as not-for-profit community groups start planning their crucial fundraising events and activities for 2021, Sunshine Coast Council is reminding volunteers to plan their Major Grants applications now with up to $210,000 on offer.

Council’s Major Grants offer up to $30,000 for infrastructure projects and up to $15,000 for other projects. Applications for round one are open 1 February to 15 March.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said a temporary reduction in co-funding requirements for Major Grant applications was now in place for the next round, designed to assist community groups with their projects.

“We know how difficult fundraising has been this last year and while things have improved for many, this opportunity will give a helping hand to organisations whose fundraising activities are still ramping up,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council is keen to support community groups with projects that can start and finish quickly and in turn, support local economic activity.

“Co-funding requirements will be temporarily reduced from 75 per cent to just 50 per cent for requests over $15,000, and co-funding will not be required for requests between $7,500 and $10,000 for applications for the round closing on 15 March 2021.

“We’re also encouraging as many community groups as possible to prepare in advance and not leave their project planning and applications to the last minute.

“This is a good time of year to reach out to other community groups to collaborate and plan the projects which help make the Sunshine Coast a thriving community.”

In 2020 council provided approximately $5 million in total community grants including $795,048 in COVID-19 Community Response Grants to 201 community groups.

For more information about council’s grants programs please visit

Sunshine Coast Funding Finder is a comprehensive search engine for local, state, federal and private grants. Users can register to receive alerts about funding programs relevant to them as they become available. This gives businesses and community groups an opportunity to be well prepared for funding applications.

Other funding opportunities for community groups can be found at:

Queensland Council of Social Services

Grant Connect

Community Grants Hub

Queensland Community Foundation



Major Grants

Up to $15,000

$15,001 to $30,000 (Community Facilities category for infrastructure projects only)

Round One opens 1 February 2021 and closes 15 March 2021

Round Two opens 12 July 2021 and closes 23 August 2021