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, events or projects that demonstrate a 'community purpose' as defined in the CBF Policy.

CBF operates under sections 201B and 202 of the Local Government Regulation 2012. 

Funding applications for the 2021 / 2022 financial year has now closed. Information around the funding allocations for the 2022 / 2023 financial year will become available in the new financial year.

Funding available

Council allocates a budget for CBF each financial year. The prescribed and total amount budgeted as discretionary funds is $181,676 for the 2021 / 2022 financial year.

The amounts budgeted for use by each councillor are:

Division Amount
Mayor $13,975
Division 1 to 12 $13,975

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

Application timeframes

The application period closes 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 whether CBF is the right funding for you, please contact Council’s Community Grants Coordinator on 3412 5858.

Before you apply, read the following documents to make sure you are eligible for CBF:

Councillors use their discretion when allocating funds for eligible CBF applications. Please note there may be other factors that affect whether your application is supported. This might include depletion of funds, your organisation has already received funds this financial year, etc.

How to apply

You will need to create a SmartyGrants login and apply online through SmartyGrants.

Paper, email and incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you need assistance with your application, please contact us on 07 3412 3412 or email

Assessment process and notifications

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

If we need more information or 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.

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 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.


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 Community Benefit Fund 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 or advice about CBF please call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at