Community development funding

This funding provides financial support to organisations to respond to community priorities. The initiatives delivered should add to the social and community development of the city.
Grants are open for organisations to address community priorities that: 

  • build an engaged and inclusive community
  • promote increased participation in community life
  • support the community to shape or make change in their local area and / or
  • increase skills, knowledge and leadership capability within the community sector.

Funding available

Type of grant Amount Grant program details
Community Response Grant Up to $5,000 Available for a quick response to an immediate community priority. Suitable for organisations providing new or existing services or initiatives.
Community Project Grant Up to $10,000

Available for organisations working collaboratively, to deliver projects that respond to a community priority and support long term outcomes.


  • Projects – suitable for organisations that are starting new or expanding on programs or initiatives.
  • Equipment – suitable for organisations that require small portable equipment. This equipment must support new or expand on programs or initiatives and/or improve organisational sustainability or governance.


Before applying please download and read the eligibility and selection criteria in the Community Development Funding Guidelines (PDF 701 KB).

Application timeframes

Community Response Grants

Applications are open all year round.

Outcomes advised 4 weeks after successful submission. Some flexibility may be possible, if required please contact us.

Community Project Grants

Applications are provided across 4 competitive rounds per year and are assessed quarterly.

Outcomes advised 8 weeks after the round closes. Project start dates must be after the round outcomes are advised.

Next round closing date

Application close Outcomes advised by Comments
Tuesday 29 August 2023 (Closed) Tuesday 24 October 2023 Recommended for projects starting from 13 November 2023
Tuesday 28 November 2023 Tuesday 23 January 2024 Recommended for projects starting from 12 February 2024

Upcoming round closing dates:

  • Tuesday 27 February 2024
  • Tuesday 28 May 2024

How to apply

Applications must be made through SmartyGrants, using the appropriate application form link below

Please note that you’ll be required to log in to SmartyGrants, and we suggest using the SmartyFile login feature to maintain your applications.

Incomplete or hard copy applications will not be accepted.

More information

Please see Grant information sessions for upcoming sessions. Please note that these sessions may be held online.

For more information or advice about your application please call the Community Grants Team on 07 3412 4033 or email us at