Grants and funding


Community Development Grants Program - ROUND ONE 2020/21 NOW OPEN!

Through the Community Development Grants program, Council provides financial assistance to eligible community organisations to deliver projects which respond to community need, support council’s strategic objectives and enhance the social and community development of the region.


Grants Information Sessions – Register now!


Face to Face Session

Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020

Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Venue: The Pavilion Conference and Reception Centre, 77 Exhibition Road, Southside

Register here 


Digital Sessions

When: Day and night sessions available

Register here 

If you can’t make it to a grants information session, get in contact with Council’s Community Partnerships Team on phone 1300 307 800 or email to talk through your project idea or any questions you have about the grants process.


Click here to find out more or apply for a Community Development Grant


COVID-19 Community Grants Program

This special grants program aims to support community organisations and sporting clubs that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Grant funding can cover eligible expenses to help organisations sustain their operations, maintain or build their volunteer or membership base or support operational changes to meet public health directives.

Key dates for 2020/21

Funding Round

Applications Open

Applications Close

Outcome Advised by

Round 1


Currently assessing

20 August 2020

Round 2

1 September 2020*

30 September 2020

20 October 2020

Round 3

1 November 2020*

30 November 2020

20 December 2020


*The program may close early should all funding be allocated ahead of the September or November 2020 Rounds.

Click here to find out more or apply for a COVID-19 Community Grant.


Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Program

Key Dates

Funding round Applications open Applications close Outcome advised  Project delivery timeframe 
Round One of the 2020 – 2021 RADF Program will support projects with a focus on recovery and resilience for local artists and the community – please refer to the RADF Guidelines for details

Round 1

31 August 2020

30 September 2020

By 29 November 2020

Projects must be completed by 1 August 2021

Round 2

1 March 2021

31 March 2021

By 31 May 2021

Projects must be completed by 1 April 2022

Quick Response Grants

Anytime by invitation

Within 10 working days of Council’s receipt of application

Projects must start immediately


Click here to find out more or apply for a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant


COVID-19 E-Commerce Grants for Business

The COVID-19 crisis has escalated the need for businesses to adapt from the traditional shopfront retail model to a model that includes e-commerce, in order to survive in the short term and thrive in the long term. To assist local retailers with this transition, Council introduced a pilot E-Commerce Grants Program to help fast-track a new distribution channel for the retail sector.

This grant was open to eligible retail businesses operating in the Gympie region. The pilot program closed on 30 May 2020.

A list of successful applicants can be found here

Click here to find out more about the E-Commerce Grant for Business


Other funding opportunities

Other grant programs and funding opportunities are regularly listed in our Community Info Share Newsletter.