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Grants of up to $5,000 (and up to $10,000 with matched funding) are available to local community organisations that deliver programs and projects that benefit local businesses and the broader community. The program has been developed to help achieve the community’s vision for a 'dynamic and diverse economy creating industry development and employment opportunities'.
The opportunity to apply for grants will be available twice annually:
Organisations can apply for a community economic development grant if they:
Who cannot apply:
It is mandatory that projects help to achieve the objectives of the Toowoomba Region Economic Development Strategy and Community Growth Action Plans.
Eligible projects will:
Community economic development grants will not fund:
Community economic development grant applications will be considered against the program philosophy, objectives and outcomes, eligibility criteria and selection criteria. Grants are highly competitive and as such not all applications that meet the criteria will be successful.
Final approval and the level of support will depend on the availability of funds, the number of applications received in the financial year, program priorities and geographical equity. We may give a lower amount than requested and may place terms and conditions on which items may be funded by the grant. Where the support requested is to add to other funding, an interim acknowledgement letter of support may be provided, to be confirmed when and if the other funding is approved.
Applications to the community economic development grant are assessed by a panel that consists of Councillors, Council officers and representatives from two external economic development organisations.
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact our Economic Development Team on 131 872 to discuss their proposed projects and their potential alignment with the community economic development grant.
Community grants funding agreement (to be used after confirmation of grant funding)
Community grants acquittal form (to be submitted after the project completion)
Community Economic Development Grant Guidelines
2.59 Community Grants Policy
Community Growth Action Plans
Toowoomba Region Economic Development Strategy
Online statistical tool (providing information on the Toowoomba region's population and economic breakdown)