The City's main funding program for community groups is the Community Facility Grants Program. This provides financial contributions for the purposes of carrying out maintenance, renewal or capital works (improvements) to community facilities on City-controlled land that support community, sport, recreational and educational activities.
Types of projects supported
- facility renovations and upgrades
- change rooms, amenities, club house improvements
- sports-specific infrastructure (dug outs etc.)
- seed funding to kick start plans for upgrades.
Applications from $5000 to $250,000 are welcomed. The intended goal is support a number of lease and licence holders annually in each divisional area within the City. Grants will be only allocated based upon their project proposal meeting the City’s Divisional Sports Plan and the overall need for the project in the city.
For more information visit the Community Facility Grants Program page.
The Community Grants Program is allocated funding each financial year to support community organisations to deliver projects that are in the public interest and that benefit Gold Coast residents. Funding for this program is split into five categories and is offered via two competitive funding rounds per financial year. Grants of $1000 to $20,000 are available.
Applicants must be able to:
- demonstrate a public interest benefit for the project
- demonstrate that the project has a defined outcome that will benefit residents of the Gold Coast
- complete the project within 12 months of the date of remittance of funds (unless City has resolved to enter into a multiple year funding agreement).
Multiple year funding agreements are only to be considered in the following circumstances:
- where the project(s) is to be delivered over a number of years, or
- where City resolves to fund a community organisation’s operational costs.
A multiple year funding agreement is an agreement between City and successful applicants (community organisations) to provide a resolved amount of grant funds for a specified number of years for a particular purpose.
A multiple year funding agreement entered into between City and successful community organisations will contain specific terms and conditions regarding project delivery and acquittal requirements.
For more information visit the Community Grants Program page.
To get the most out of available grants, consider the wide range of possible grant sources including:
Give yourself the best chance of success with these tips:
1. Discuss the grant/project with your Recreational Services Officer
Some questions to consider:
- is the maintenance on your leased facility up to date?
- what is the demonstrated need for this project?
- what are the priority projects for your club?
- does this project link with your club's strategic plan?
The Recreation Services Officer will discuss the project with you in more depth and confirm City's support (or not) for the project. The officer will provide an appropriate course of action for the club to progress the project and be grant ready if it has City's support.
2. Know your market
Identify as many sources of potential funding support as you can, but always follow the path of least resistance.
3. Know your club
Clearly state the purpose and objectives of your club.
Develop a grant application ‘tool kit’ which contains the basic information about your club. This is a requirement of many funding bodies. The tool kit may include:
- certificate of incorporation
- verified financial statements
- strategic plan
- club profile and history
- membership data
- ABN and GST registration status.
4. Justify the need
Discuss your application with the funding body (if the opportunity is available). This will provide guidance on your club’s and project’s eligibility and submission requirements.
Use demographic data for your membership, suburb and club catchment area including population growth, age, income levels, family composition and socio-economic disadvantage index. Visit our Gold Coast population statistics page for useful links and information about sources for this data.
5. Plan well in advance to ensure the preparation of high quality applications
6. Answer each question on the application form clearly and concisely
It is important that the funding body understands how the project will benefit your club's objectives and needs.
Review the assessment criteria for your grant application (if provided). Make sure your application addresses these.
7. Identify how you will determine the outcomes of your project
- What will be done differently after the project?
- Who will evaluate the project?
- What criteria or measures are built in to the project to help assess its outcomes?
- What records of the outcomes will be kept?
8. Prepare a detailed budget
- outline the costs associated with the project in a budget
- identify what items the funding body will and will not fund
- don’t over-estimate the costs – obtain quotes and factor in a contingency (normally 15 per cent for building projects)
- include in-kind donations and your club’s own funds that can support the project.
9. Attachments can help authenticate your club’s services and its credibility within the community
Attachments might include the following:
- auditor’s reports/financial statements
- certificate of incorporation
- letters of support
- design drawings
- site plans
10. Avoid overloading grant portals at the last minute.
Lodge your application early.