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.

Visit our Community Development Fund recipients page for examples of previously funded initiatives

Funding available

Type of grant Amount Grant program details
Community Project Grant Up to $10,000

Available for organisations working collaboratively, to deliver new or expanding programs or initiatives, that respond to a community priority and support long term outcomes.


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

Community Response Grants have closed for this financial year and will re-open in July 2024. If you are interested in applying for this funding, please contact Council’s Community Grants team at or call 3412 4033.

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


Tuesday 28 May 2024

Tuesday 23 July 2024

Recommended for projects starting from August 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

We host and promote a range of grant information sessions to help organisations and individuals apply for grants.

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