Community support grants of up to $2,500 are available with grant rounds available twice annually:

Opening date Closing date Notification to applicants
1 February   1 March  April
1 July  1 August September

Organisations can apply for a community support grant if they:

  • are an eligible community organisation or are under the auspices of an eligible community organisation as defined in the Community Grants Policy.
  • operate or provide services within the Toowoomba Regional Council area.
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Who can't apply:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit companies, trusts and other organisations
  • Unions and student guilds
  • Research foundations
  • Professional associations
  • An organisation that has been granted approval for support through a Toowoomba Regional Council program for the same project
  • Organisations that have not acquitted previous Council grants

The community support grant program seeks to provide support for projects that:

  • demonstrate collaboration and partnerships between community organisations
  • encourage and assist community interaction and inclusiveness
  • foster indigenous, multicultural and inter-generational understanding and equity
  • support innovation, forward thinking and learning opportunities
  • upgrade facilities to meet standards, regulations and community expectations
  • meet changing community needs and/or increase facility usage

Community support grants will not fund:

  • Loan or other debt repayments
  • Recurrent administration and running costs, such as:
    • Regular wages
    • Regular office expenses
    • Rent, mortgage repayments or land purchases
    • Equipment that has a short life or needs regular replacement
    • Rates, utilities, energy, insurance or regulatory expenses
  • Projects with a commercial purpose
  • Projects which are of a private as opposed to community benefit. (Note: For larger projects of both private and community benefit, only the portion of the project which is of community benefit shall be eligible for funding)
  • Projects already funded by other Toowoomba Regional Council Grant programs
  • Prize money, trophies, raffle prizes or fundraising

 Preference will be given to applications that:

  • facilitate deliverable outcomes for the community - that is, provide programs, facilities or capital works
  • demonstrate self-help, commitment and future sustainability
  • are identified within a strategic planning framework
  • are not duplicating existing projects, activities or events

Council’s suite of community support grants is moving 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 a Community Development Officer (CDO) on 131 872. If necessary, Council staff will meet with applicants at their local library to help explain the online form content.

How to apply:

  1. Read the 2.11 Community Support Grant Program Guidelines

  2. If eligible, fill in the SmartyGrants online application form

Application help

Applicants, if they are unsure as to which funding program suits their intended activity/project, are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with a Community Development Officer.

Related information

Online statistical tool (providing information on the Toowoomba Region's population and economic breakdown)