- Last updated:
- 21 Jun 2017
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Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Community Grants Program Guidelines in full before applying for funding:
Fact sheets are an overview of the Community Grants Program and should be read in conjunction with council's Community Grants Policy and Guidelines.
Who can apply
Not-for-profit community organisations that:
- Operate within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area or are able to demonstrate that the project or program will benefit residents of the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area
- Have appropriate insurance and adhere to sound Workplace Health and Safety practices
- Are able to demonstrate viability
- Have no debt to council, or have entered into scheduled payment arrangements with council which are being met
- Have met acquittal conditions for previous council grants.
|Legal not-for-profit entities||ATO not-for-profit types|
|Incorporated Association||Health Promotion Charity|
|Australian Public Company, Limited by Guarantee||Charitable Institution|
|Trust||Public Benevolent Institution|
|Income Tax Exempt Fund|
Applicants may submit only one Major or one Minor grant application per round.
Who cannot apply
- Government agencies or departments of local, state or federal government
- Educational, religious or medical organisations, where the application is for the organisation’s core business
Projects eligible for funding
To be eligible to apply for funding, applications must:
- demonstrate a purpose that is in the public interest, with significant community need and benefit
- demonstrate strong alignment with council's priorities as described in current council strategies, plans or policy positions
- adhere to the specific terms and conditions of this funding program.
- Ongoing operational or recurrent costs including salaries, rent, fuel
- Activities that have already begun prior to submitting a grant
- The core business of educational, religious or medical organisations
- Prize money, prizes or trophies
- Development of privately-owned facilities
- Payment of debt
- Projects run solely for commercial profit
- Political activities
- Items included in another council grant application
- Projects run solely for fundraising purposes, without broader community benefit.
Low priority is given to:
- applicants that have been funded within the previous 12 months
- projects or events that have previously received council funding.