Minor Grants
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Mar 2020

In response to the unique situation COVID19 has placed us, Council is adapting its approach to grants and funding to meet changing community need. 

Please note: assessment of the minor grants (community events) round which closed on 16 March 2020 is continuing. 

Successful grant recipients from previous rounds who are experiencing difficulty in delivering their project in this current environment are advised to contact the Grants Team via grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au with the details of your issue so we can discuss options going forward. For example, you may wish to seek a project variation to extend your project dates. 

Naturally, many community events have had to be cancelled or postponed.  If your group has had to cancel a community event which has received Council grant funding, and that money has already been spent in line with your project budget, you will still be able to acquit those funds without concern.  But, if you have an underspend, or hadn’t started spending yet, please contact us via grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to discuss whether a project variation request or a return of funds is your organisation’s best option.

We are grateful for your patience with us as we deal with a large number of enquiries at this time.  We are working hard to get back to everyone as quickly as possible, so we can help support you in the important work your organisations do to build a strong community.

Council’s website has lots of information on Community Support to help you through this challenging time, including a practical At Home in My Neighbourhood #CovidKindness resource hub – which will help you stay informed about the different supports available across governments and the community sector.


Council values engaged, resilient and inclusive communities that embrace diversity. The Minor Grants Program supports not-for-profit organisations to deliver one-off projects, events and activities with broad community benefit. Applications must align to a specific grant category as detailed in the guidelines. 

Information on eligibility, category priorities and assessment criteria

When is funding available?

In light of the unique situation COVID19 has placed us, the April-May 2020 minor grant round has been postponed.

Successful grant recipients from previous rounds who are experiencing difficulty in delivering their project are advised to contact the Grants Team via grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to discuss options.

  • There are 2 full rounds per year for all categories:
    • Round open 1 April 2020 and close 5 May 2020 (postponed)
    • Round open 21 September 2020 and close 2 November 2020
  • An additional two rounds are run for Community events category only:
    • Round open 3 February 2020 and close 16 March 2020 (this round is currently being assessed)
    • Round open 13 July 2020 and close 24 August 2020

What funding is available?

  • Up to $2,000.

When will I know if I have been successful?

  • 6 weeks from closing date.

How do I apply?

  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • Applications must be submitted before starting the project.

What else should I consider when applying for funding?