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Community Grants

The Central Highlands Regional Council’s Community Grants Program aims to assist local community groups/organisations in making positive contributions to the quality of life in the local government area.

  • Funding categories

    Applications can be submitted in the following categories to the maximum indicated:

    • Community assistance – up to $5000
      • Organisations with a community focus, not providing organised sport and recreation activities.
      • The organisation’s constitutions main objective is to provide community benefit.
    • Sport and recreation assistance – up to $5000
      • Organisations providing organised sport and recreation activities.
      • The organisation’s constitution main objective is to provide organised sport and recreation activities.
    • Community improvement – up to $20,000
      • Organisations with a focus on completing aspirations of their community in accordance with the CH2022 community plan.
      • This category is open to both community-focused organisations and sport and recreation organisations.
  • Upcoming rounds

    Grants are offered twice a year.

    Round Opening Date Closing Date Applicants notified Completed acquittal due
    1 15 January 2021 5.00 pm
    28 February 2021
    Early April Six months
    2 Mid-July 5.00 pm
    31 August 2021
    Early October Six months
  • Eligibility

    Groups/ organisations applying for Central Highlands Regional Council Grants are required to:

    • Have the majority of members of the organisation/group reside in the Central Highlands Regional Council area.
    • Operate predominately within the Central Highlands Regional Council boundaries.
    • Have acquitted any previous Central Highlands Regional Council grant satisfactorily.
    • Be free of debt with Central Highlands Regional Council.
    • Be an incorporated ‘not-for-profit’ organisation or company limited by guarantee that has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a charity, tax exempt fund or deductible gift recipient. Unincorporated groups are eligible to apply, providing that their application is made through the appropriate incorporated body which supports the program, project or activity.
    • Have relevant public liability insurance cover.
    • Make the facility or resource available to community through membership or other means.
    • Demonstrate a clear need for financial support and show that other avenues of financial support have been explored (e.g. other grant funding).
    • Submit the organisation’s most current financial statement (as submitted to the Office of Fair Trading) or the latest treasurer’s report including bank balances covering the previous12 months.
    • Submit a detailed budget for the program, project and/or activity and two (2) quotes from registered businesses, for all items to be funded for the grant (including where possible at least sourced in CHRC boundaries)
    • Provide in principle support from the landowner or trustee of the land prior to application submission.
    • Sought advice regarding building works and approval prior to application submission (if applicable)
  • How to apply

    IMPORTANT: Please read the grant guidelines and the form before applying.

    Council staff involved in the administration of the Community Grants Program are available to provide general guidance to assist with the preparation of your application. Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 1300 242 686.

    Hard-copy application forms can be obtained from any of our customer service and rural transaction centres and libraries, or by downloading the PDF forms below.

    Alternatively you can fill in the forms online via these links:

    Please note: You CANNOT save and continue online forms, so ensure you have all required documentation BEFORE you start.

  • Successful applications

    Community Grants Round 1 2021

    List of successful grant applications.
    OrganisationProjectGrant Category GrantGST (if GST registered)Total
    Blackwater Junior Motorcycle ClubWater truckCommunity Improvement$20,000Nil$20,000
    Capella Cricket ClubIce machineSport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000
    Denison State School Parents and CommunityFridge for tuckshopCommunity Assistance $5,000Nil $5,000
    Dingo Race ClubSecurity and cleaning servicesSport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000
    Dingo Tennis ClubUpgrading bar facilitySport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000
    Duaringa State School Parents and Citizens AssociationPortable shade Community Assistance $4,804.10Nil $4,804.10
    Emerald Bowls ClubAirconditioning upgradeCommunity Improvement$16,145.45$1,614.55$17,760
    Emerald Jockey Club Outdoor furnitureCommunity Assistance$5,000$500$5,500
    Emerald Karting ClubShade structureCommunity Improvement$13,069Nil$13,069
    Gemfields Community Support AssociationHealthy Home HampersCommunity Assistance$5,000$500$5,500
    Gemfields Gun ClubWater bore installationCommunity Improvement $18,900$1890$20,790
    Gemfields Lapidary ClubGem cutting machineSport and Recreation$4,000Nil$4,000
    Gindie Tennis Club Outdoor seating and replace water tankSport and Recreation$4,934.80Nil$4,934.80
    Palmgrove Pint Pot Campdraft Association Ambulance costSport and Recreation $2,500Nil $2,500
    Retreat Creek Working Horse ClubTraining clinicSport and Recreation $5,000Nil $5,000
    Springsure Country Golf Club Cold roomCommunity Improvement$20,000$2,000$22,000
    Springsure Jockey ClubFencing to patrons' areaCommunity Improvement$10,233.88$1023.30$11,257.18
    Springsure Lions ClubTrailerCommunity Assistance$5,000Nil$5,000
    Springsure Pastoral and Agricultural SocietyMaintain horse stablesSport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000

Applications can be submitted in the following categories to the maximum indicated:

  • Community assistance – up to $5000
    • Organisations with a community focus, not providing organised sport and recreation activities.
    • The organisation’s constitutions main objective is to provide community benefit.
  • Sport and recreation assistance – up to $5000
    • Organisations providing organised sport and recreation activities.
    • The organisation’s constitution main objective is to provide organised sport and recreation activities.
  • Community improvement – up to $20,000
    • Organisations with a focus on completing aspirations of their community in accordance with the CH2022 community plan.
    • This category is open to both community-focused organisations and sport and recreation organisations.

Grants are offered twice a year.

Round Opening Date Closing Date Applicants notified Completed acquittal due
1 15 January 2021 5.00 pm
28 February 2021
Early April Six months
2 Mid-July 5.00 pm
31 August 2021
Early October Six months

Groups/ organisations applying for Central Highlands Regional Council Grants are required to:

  • Have the majority of members of the organisation/group reside in the Central Highlands Regional Council area.
  • Operate predominately within the Central Highlands Regional Council boundaries.
  • Have acquitted any previous Central Highlands Regional Council grant satisfactorily.
  • Be free of debt with Central Highlands Regional Council.
  • Be an incorporated ‘not-for-profit’ organisation or company limited by guarantee that has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a charity, tax exempt fund or deductible gift recipient. Unincorporated groups are eligible to apply, providing that their application is made through the appropriate incorporated body which supports the program, project or activity.
  • Have relevant public liability insurance cover.
  • Make the facility or resource available to community through membership or other means.
  • Demonstrate a clear need for financial support and show that other avenues of financial support have been explored (e.g. other grant funding).
  • Submit the organisation’s most current financial statement (as submitted to the Office of Fair Trading) or the latest treasurer’s report including bank balances covering the previous12 months.
  • Submit a detailed budget for the program, project and/or activity and two (2) quotes from registered businesses, for all items to be funded for the grant (including where possible at least sourced in CHRC boundaries)
  • Provide in principle support from the landowner or trustee of the land prior to application submission.
  • Sought advice regarding building works and approval prior to application submission (if applicable)

IMPORTANT: Please read the grant guidelines and the form before applying.

Council staff involved in the administration of the Community Grants Program are available to provide general guidance to assist with the preparation of your application. Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 1300 242 686.

Hard-copy application forms can be obtained from any of our customer service and rural transaction centres and libraries, or by downloading the PDF forms below.

Alternatively you can fill in the forms online via these links:

Please note: You CANNOT save and continue online forms, so ensure you have all required documentation BEFORE you start.

Community Grants Round 1 2021

List of successful grant applications.
OrganisationProjectGrant Category GrantGST (if GST registered)Total
Blackwater Junior Motorcycle ClubWater truckCommunity Improvement$20,000Nil$20,000
Capella Cricket ClubIce machineSport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000
Denison State School Parents and CommunityFridge for tuckshopCommunity Assistance $5,000Nil $5,000
Dingo Race ClubSecurity and cleaning servicesSport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000
Dingo Tennis ClubUpgrading bar facilitySport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000
Duaringa State School Parents and Citizens AssociationPortable shade Community Assistance $4,804.10Nil $4,804.10
Emerald Bowls ClubAirconditioning upgradeCommunity Improvement$16,145.45$1,614.55$17,760
Emerald Jockey Club Outdoor furnitureCommunity Assistance$5,000$500$5,500
Emerald Karting ClubShade structureCommunity Improvement$13,069Nil$13,069
Gemfields Community Support AssociationHealthy Home HampersCommunity Assistance$5,000$500$5,500
Gemfields Gun ClubWater bore installationCommunity Improvement $18,900$1890$20,790
Gemfields Lapidary ClubGem cutting machineSport and Recreation$4,000Nil$4,000
Gindie Tennis Club Outdoor seating and replace water tankSport and Recreation$4,934.80Nil$4,934.80
Palmgrove Pint Pot Campdraft Association Ambulance costSport and Recreation $2,500Nil $2,500
Retreat Creek Working Horse ClubTraining clinicSport and Recreation $5,000Nil $5,000
Springsure Country Golf Club Cold roomCommunity Improvement$20,000$2,000$22,000
Springsure Jockey ClubFencing to patrons' areaCommunity Improvement$10,233.88$1023.30$11,257.18
Springsure Lions ClubTrailerCommunity Assistance$5,000Nil$5,000
Springsure Pastoral and Agricultural SocietyMaintain horse stablesSport and Recreation$5,000Nil$5,000

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