Community Development Grants Program 2021/2022

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.


Funding Allocated

Council has allocated a total of $185,000 for community development grants in 2021/2022.  Approximately $92,500 is available for Round 1.


Grant categories

Grant Category Purpose

Amount & co-contributions

Community Projects To support community led projects that increase the social wellbeing of residents in the Gympie region

Maximum $5,000 grant.

Applicant contribution: Minimum 20% of project cost.

Organisational Development  To increase the capacity of community organisations to deliver services to their members and the broader community.

Maximum $3,000 grant.

Applicant contribution: Minimum 20% of project cost.

Facilities Development* To support safe, inclusive and accessible community facilities.

Maximum $10,000 grant.

Applicant contribution: Minimum 20% of project cost.

Halls Insurance (available Round 1 only)

To support the organisational capacity of four non-Council owned/trustee community halls to meet their insurance obligations. The category is limited to applications from the following hall committees (that are not supported through insurance coordinated by Council):

  • Glastonbury Hall
  • Gunalda Hall
  • Theebine Memorial Recreation Hall
  • Widgee Memorial Hall

Maximum $1,000 plus GST grant.

Applicant contribution: No co-contribution to be evidenced in the application.




*If your proposed project involves upgrades or improvements on Council owned or controlled land/facilities, you need to get Council’s consent before submitting your application. To seek this consent, please contact Council’s Property Team via email

Note: requests for consent may not be completed in the final week of the grant round if Council considers there is insufficient time to investigate the proposed project.


Who can apply

Community organisations that:

  • are an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation, or have an auspice arrangement with an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation (including not-for-profit co-operatives and companies limited by guarantee)
  • hold $20M public liability insurance and other forms of insurance relevant to the project
  • have no outstanding debt with Council
  • are based in, or provide direct benefits to, the Gympie region


Round 1 Grants Information Sessions – Register now!

Please attend one of the Grant Information Sessions to find out more about Council’s Grants Programs.

In person

  • Friday 6 August, 12:30pm to 2:30pm at The Pavilion, Gympie Showgrounds
  • Monday 9 August, 5pm to 7pm at The Pavilion, Gympie Showgrounds

Register: HERE


  • Monday 9 August, 10am to 11am online
  • Wednesday 18 August, 5pm - 6pm online

Register for the online sessions by emailing


When to apply

Funding round Applications Open Applications Close Outcome Advised  Project delivery timeframe (one year)

Round 1 2020/2021

1 August 2021

30 August 2021

30 October 2021*

1 November 2021 to

1 June 2022

Round 2 2020/2021

1 February 2022

4 March 2022

30 April 2022*

1 May 2022 to

1 December 2022

     *Outcome advise date may change depending on Council meeting dates.


How to apply

  • Before preparing your application, download and read the Community Development Grants Program Guidelines 2021/22
  • Applicants must speak with a member of Council’s Community Partnerships Team prior to submitting their application. Please phone 1300 307 800 or email
  • Groups are encouraged to attend a Grants Information Session. 
  • All applications must be submitted online via the Smarty Grants Portal.
  • No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.


Apply Here


Reporting requirements

Recipients of Community Development Grants are required to submit an online acquittal report no more than four (4) weeks after the completion date of the funded project.  Grant recipients must attach copies of tax invoices to demonstrate that the grant funds have been used in accordance with the funding agreement.   

Council staff will send you information about how to complete the online acquittal report.


Further information and support

Please contact Council’s Community Partnerships Team, phone 1300 307 800 or

Due to COVID-19, Council understands that some projects may need to be postponed or varied. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help.


Related information

2021/2022 Community Development Grants Program Guidelines

Community Grants Policy

2020/2021 – Round 2 Successful applicants  

2020/2021 – Round 1 Successful applicants