Community benefit fund

Each financial year the Council allocates a budget for the Community Benefit Fund (CBF) to meet requests for financial help from eligible community organisations for a community purpose.

CBF is a councillor discretionary fund that operates under sections 201B and 202 of the Local Government Regulation 2012.  

The prescribed amount and total amount budgeted as discretionary funds in 2020 / 2021 is $170,031.

Applications for 2020 / 2021 are now open and will be available until applications close at close of business on 31 May 2021 (or until funds are expended). 

The amounts budgeted for use by each councillor for community purposes is as follows:

Division Amount
Mayor $13,079
Division 1 to 12 $13,079

Discretionary funds have not been allocated for capital works of Council.

Notice of Community Benefit Fund allocations

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

Am I eligible to apply?

To find out if you meet eligibility requirements, please refer to the Community Benefit Fund policy (PDF 221 KB) and Community Benefit Fund procedure (PDF 800 KB).

To reflect legislative requirements, we have made some significant changes to CBF. These changes will make sure the program is fair, transparent, and used to best service the wider community. If you received CBF funding in the past this may mean you are no longer eligible. You may also notice the application process has changed. Please make sure you are familiar with the new requirements before applying.

We operate a variety of other grants programs, and encourage you to see what other funding is available before applying for CBF funding. To find more information about grants, please see Grants.

If funding previously provided to your organisation has not been acquitted, please complete our CBF evaluation form ensuring all receipts are attached. A new application cannot proceed if you have outstanding acquittals. If you need a form to be posted to you, please call us on 07 3412 3412.

What types of requests generally receive support?

Applicants that meet the eligibility criteria and can show a benefit to the community will be given due consideration. However, councillors are able to use their discretion, so even if you are eligible there may be other factors that affect whether your application is supported (e.g. the funds are running low, your organisation has already received funds this financial year, etc.).

How do I apply?

To make sure the CBF is the most appropriate grant to apply for, you can:

Please note if you apply for CBF and we determine that your request could be funded under another program, we may refer your application. You would then need to re-apply under the applicable process for that grant.

If CBF is the only funding you are eligible for, you can submit your request:

  • online by filling in the CBF funding request form, or
  • if you prefer to complete a physical form, please call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at (please expect delays with this option)

Please make sure you provide the details of the purpose of the funding request and associated documents in your request.

To help you fill in the request form, please sse our Guide to completing the funding request form.

To make sure your request is processed in a timely manner, please make sure you read the Community Benefit Fund policy (PDF 221 KB) and Community Benefit Fund procedure (PDF 800 KB). Delays can occur when applicants do not provide enough information.

How will I know if my funding request was successful?

We will assess your application against the eligibility criteria. If you meet all the eligibility criteria we will forward your request to the relevant Councillor(s) for a decision.

If you need to provide more information, or we determine that you do not meet all the eligibility criteria, we will contact you and give you the opportunity to comply. We will also advise of any delays this may cause.

Where completed funding request forms meet all of the eligibility criteria (as detailed in the policy and procedure) and the councillor supports your application, you could receive the funds within two to three weeks from the date we received the application. Please note that the amount supported may not match the amount you applied for.

If your request is unsuccessful, we will notify you.

Need more information?

For more information please refer to the Community Benefit Fund policy (PDF 221 KB) and Community Benefit Fund procedure (PDF 800 KB), or call us on 07 3412 3412.