The cultural & arts support grant program is an initiative aimed at nurturing fledgling artists, supporting grassroots community arts and cultural activity and underpinning higher level arts and cultural development. There are two rounds of funding per year. Grant rounds are available twice annually:

Opening date

Closing date

Notification to applicants

1 February

1 March


1 July

1 August


Organisations can apply for a cultural and arts support grant if :

  • The organisation is an eligible community organisation or is under the auspices of an eligible community organisation as defined in the Community Grants Policy.
  • The organisation operates or provides services within the Toowoomba Regional Council area.
  • The organisation has an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • The application is for a project that does not form part of the core business of public and private educational institutions (primary, secondary and tertiary including Parents & Citizens and Parents & Friends Associations) and demonstrates broader community benefit.

Who cannot apply:

The following would not be eligible to apply:

  • Individuals.
  • For-profit companies, trusts and other organisations.
  • Government, semi-government organisations and statutory authorities.
  • Unions and student guilds.
  • Research foundations.
  • Professional associations.
  • An organisation that has been granted approval for support through a Toowoomba Regional Council funding program for the same project.
  • An organisation that has not acquitted an overdue TRC funded grant application.

Eligible projects

Any project, event or activity which has an art or cultural theme or outcome that:

  • has a clear broad community benefit or is focused on maintaining the ‘spirit’ and identity of communities within the Toowoomba Region Council area;
  • develops and enhances artistic or cultural capacity of a group’s talents within our communities.

Examples of costs that may be eligible for funding include:

  • professional / relevant artists’/cultural workers’ fees.
  • production costs including:
    • venue hire costs.
    • relevant project specific professional services other than arts/cultural services.
    • relevant project specific materials (other than artist’s materials).
    • hire of relevant equipment.
    • relevant project documentation costs.

Ineligible projects

The following are not eligible for funding.

  • Projects, events or activities which have a for-profit, political or overt self-promotional agenda.
  • Projects, events or activities that are scheduled to start prior to the applicant being notified of grant funding approval.
  • Recurrent funding for arts organisations.
  • Capital items (including the purchase of artworks).
  • Murals.
  • Publishing costs.
  • Artist’s materials.
  • Any aspect of framing or freight.
  • Promotional and advertising items.
  • Statutory charges, salaries/wages/honorariums, consumables, insurance, administration or contingencies.
  • Accredited study, training or university courses
  • Catering.


How to apply

  1. Read the 2.15 Cultural & Arts Support Grant Program Guidelines.
  2. If eligible, complete the PDF form.

PDF form process

  1. Complete and submit a Community grants application form (PDF for print) and a Cultural & arts support - supplementary information form. Applications can be lodged by the following methods:
    • Email: Applications must be emailed no later than 5pm on the closing date. Emailed applications must be followed up with a hard copy of the cover and signature pages.
    • Mail: Toowoomba Regional Council, Cultural and Arts Support Grant Program, PO Box 3021, Toowoomba Qld 4350. Applications must be postmarked before 5pm on the advertised closing date.
    • In person: Any Toowoomba Regional Council Service Centre by close of business on the closing date.


Application help

Applicants are strongly encouraged to get a Community Development Officer, or specialist officer, to view and sign the application prior to lodging to ensure that all documentation is in place to meet the requirements, and ensure 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.