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We provide funding and/or in-kind assistance to help not-for-profit and incorporated organisations to support new facilities and upgrades of facilities to benefit the community.
Organisations may apply for a grant to cover between 50% to 90%* of the funding gap (total project cost excluding GST less other external grant sources) up to a maximum of $150,000. The percentage of the funding gap which is eligible to be covered by Council grant funding is dependent upon the total project cost excluding GST, and is determined as per the below contribution breakdown:
Funds obtained through other external grant funding sources cannot be used as applicant contributions.
The opportunity to apply for a grant is available twice annually:
Groups and organisations that meet all of the following:
If your group is not a legally constituted not-for-profit entity, your application will need to be endorsed by a legally constituted not-for-profit entity. The organisation that endorses the application takes responsibility for ensuring the funds are used as specified in the grant allocation. An organisation may endorse one or more community groups and can still lodge an application on its own behalf.
These groups should not apply:
Sport and Recreation Grants will not fund:
1 These projects may be eligible under an alternate grants scheme
* Project items purchased within the previous 12 months, and submitted as an in-kind contribution towards the grant application, will not be considered as having already started the project (subject to the items meeting all Australian Standards, Building Code and Council requirements).
Low priority is given to:
Specific conditions of funding may vary between grant programs. For further information, please contact an officer from the relevant funding program on 131 872.
Applicants must demonstrate that:
Grants are assessed by panels that include our staff experienced in each category and Councillors. Grants are highly competitive and approval will depend on available funds, the number of applications and program priorities. Part-funding may be offered.
Unsuccessful applicants may contact the relevant Council Officer, who will provide feedback and assistance with future grant applications.
Successful applicants must:
We reserve the right to request an audit of grant expenditure. Any unspent funds must be returned to us. Successful applicants who fail to comply with any of the above conditions may have their grant funding offer withdrawn.
The following organisations and projects were successful in receiving funding in the August 2022 round of the Toowoomba Regional Council Sport and Recreation Community Grants:
Toowoomba BMX Club Inc: $8,260.00 Excl GST for upgrades to the BMX track at Captain Cook Recreation Reserve
Millmerran Golf Club: $7,672.50 Excl GST to upgrade the dry storage area
Oakey Soccer Club Inc: $2,792.51 Excl GST to purchase 2 new laptops and new soccer goals
Toowoomba Dog Obedience Club Inc: $23,836.36 Excl GST to upgrade the field lighting at Norman Park
Toowoomba Basketball Association Inc: $5,179.09 Excl GST to purchase 4 new laptops
RM Equestrian Centre Inc: $21,106.59 Excl GST to upgrade the dressage arena and riding surface
Oakey and District Memorial Bowls Club Inc: $7,206.82 Excl GST to purchase an electric greens mower
Council’s suite of community support grants is now online. Council is teaming up with the SmartyGrants software platform with the new electronic application process starting from 1 July 2022. Those new to SmartyGrants are required to establish a username and password before they can commence an application, and Council staff are willing to assist new users with this step. SmartyGrants offers many advantages to users including the ability to attach required documents when submitting the application. Regular grant subscribers may already be familiar with SmartyGrants, and for those that aren’t, Council is willing to meet with community groups and organisations to provide a simple overview of the system. Advice and assistance on applying for Council grants can be obtained by contacting Council on 131 872.
Intending applicants are requested to use the following forms when completing their submission. Only one of the budget tables will need to be completed and submitted as a file upload with the SmartyGrants Sport & Recreation Grant Application Form.
Should intending applicants be successful in their submission, when it comes time to acquit their project, the grant acquittal summary template will need to be completed and uploaded as a file attachment with the SmartyGrants online acquittal process.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application prior to completion or submission. This ensures any required documents will form part of the applicant’s submission and provides the best opportunity to be considered for support.
Applicants can attend a community grant workshop or make appointments to see appropriate staff for advice. Contact us to make appointments.
Our online statistical tool, which provides information on our region’s demographic and economic breakdown, may provide further information for the development of grant applications.