Council’s suite of community support grants is moving online

Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) suite of community support grants is moving online.

With the next round of grants opening on 1 July 2022, Council has teamed up with the SmartyGrants software platform for the new electronic application process.

By moving to an online application process, TRC Environment and Community Committee Chair Cr James O’Shea said Council was able to streamline how it managed its grants program while also providing users with one platform to access a multiple of available Council funding programs.

“This move to an online system has been designed to give our community groups a better user experience,” he said.

“The entire application process – from start to finish, as well as contact from Council’s grants team during the review, funding agreement and acquittal stage – will occur from within the one platform.

“SmartyGrants offers many advantages to residents, including the ability to attach required documents when submitting the application. Users will also no longer need to drop off their application in person or via the postal system.

“SmartyGrants is preferred by many organisations or agencies which administer grant funding and once you’ve set up an account, it will become much easier to apply for future rounds of funding.

“The new electronic application forms will still be found under the existing ‘grants and funding’ heading on Council’s website at

“We realise this is a change for our community groups, however, we want to make this process as smooth as possible for our residents which is why Council is willing to meet with community groups and organisations to provide a simple overview of the system.

“Those new to SmartyGrants are required to establish a username and password before they can commence an application, and Council staff are happy to assist new users with this step.”

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