Community benefit fund

Community Benefit Fund (CBF) is a discretionary fund that allows councillors to meet requests for financial help from eligible organisations. This may be for activities or projects that demonstrate a 'community purpose' as defined in the CBF Policy.

CBF operates under, and allocates an annual budget in line with, sections 201B and 202 of the Local Government Regulation 2012. 

Funding available

Subject to financial results being finalised, the prescribed and total amount budgeted as discretionary funds is $197,724 for the 2022 / 2023 financial year.

The amounts budgeted for use by each councillor are:





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Discretionary funds will not be allocated for capital works of Council.

Application timeframes

  • CBF will close for applications on 30 April each financial year or when there are no funds left (whichever comes first)
  • Where possible, please submit your funding request prior to the project or activity being undertaken


Please ensure that your project or activity is not eligible for another Council grant before considering CBF. If you are unsure please contact our Community Grants team on the details below.

Before applying please download and read the eligibility and funding requirements in the:

Councillors are authorised to support eligible requests at their discretion. Factors other than eligibility may impact upon the success of your application.

How to apply

  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • Once you create a SmartyGrants login you can start your application. Please apply online through SmartyGrants.
  • Paper, email and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Assessment process and notifications

Once we receive your application we will assess it against the eligibility criteria. If eligible we will forward your request to the relevant councillor(s) for a decision.

If your application is eligible and supported by the councillor(s) you could receive the funds within 2 to 3 weeks.  

If your application form is incomplete or does not meet the eligibility criteria we may contact you and give you the opportunity to comply.

If your request could be funded under another Council grant program we will direct you to the correct program. You will then need to re-apply for that grant.

If your request is unsuccessful, we will notify you.

Acquitting your CBF grant

If you applied for your grant on or after 9 December 2021 you will need to complete your acquittal online using SmartyGrants. The link for this will be sent to you.

If you applied for your grant before 9 December 2021 you will need to complete the CBF evaluation form to acquit your funding. Please ensure all receipts are attached.

Notice of CBF allocations (previously funded applications)

To view the allocations made under Community Benefit Fund, please see Community Benefit Fund allocations.

More information

Our website provides information about:

For more information please contact our Community Grants team on 07 3412 3412 or