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Thriving Queensland Communities Grants for Neighbourhood and Community Centres 2018-19 Round 2

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 3 May 2019 (AEST).

 About the Thriving Queensland Communities Grants for Neighbourhood and Community Centres

The Queensland Government has declared its priorities for safe and healthy communities that give all children a great start, and are responsive to community priorities and needs – communities that thrive and not just survive.

Thriving communities are dynamic, exciting places in which to set up a business, get a job, raise a family and live a healthy and productive life. Thriving communities are inclusive, diverse, Age-Friendly and All Abilities. Thriving communities are built by caring, motivated and passionate residents, volunteers, service providers, businesses, educators and others taking actions, both individually and together, to improve their local communities.

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors supports the operation of 124 neighbourhood and community centres throughout Queensland. These centres are integral components in communities as they work across an individual’s lifecycle and provide holistic services in early intervention, crisis and post crisis contexts. Neighbourhood and community centres are important social infrastructure and places of celebration, inclusion and support.

Thriving Queensland Communities Round Two - 2019 will support and build on neighbourhood and community centres’ existing engagement and networking with local communities providing a stronger platform to listen to local community priorities.

Non-recurrent grant funding between $2,000 and up to $20,000 (GST exclusive) is available to neighbourhood and community centres to enhance their capacity to listen to and respond to local and community priorities. A total of $800,000 in one-off funding has been allocated for Round Two.

Successful applicants in 2018 are welcome to apply for Round Two for new projects or to build on the success of projects funded in 2018.

Funding is available for eligible organisations to:

  • deliver family and community engagement activities that focus on an identified need/challenge;
  • purchase equipment or resources that help the centre engage and support the community;
  • undertake relevant staff professional development; and
  • create linkages with other local community organisations to maximise community connections and use of the Neighbourhood centres as social infrastructure.

Submissions which demonstrate innovation, target hard to reach people or groups, or respond to identified local needs are encouraged.

Important details

  • Funding is non-recurrent.
  • Requested funding must be for activities not funded by the neighbourhood centres program.
  • Applicants may supplement the cost of the proposed project/s through a co-contribution if the total amount exceeds $20,000.
  • Proposals must not have recurrent implications.
  • Proposals for infrastructure upgrades or capital works must have the approval of the building owner and meet local and state building requirements and you must have a lease agreement for at least three years following receipt of the grant.
  • The program is competitive, with grants made to proposals that best fit the stated criteria.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible neighbourhood and community centres are those services funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors through the neighbourhood and community centres program.

Examples of eligible items include:

Family and community engagement activities - increase engagement and capability

  • hosting or attending community events, workshops or information sessions
  • consultation to co-design programs
  • orientation/open days
  • marketing/advertising the service to the wider community
  • activities or events which create linkages with other local community organisations to maximise community connections and use of the centre.

Staff professional development - promote cultural and social inclusion

(e.g. developing skills to support collaboration, partnering and leadership/governance; cultural capability; digital literacy; professional qualifications; and work-related interest areas)

  • payment of course/training fees and associated costs
  • payment of wages for staff undertaking study/training
  • training facilitator fees
  • purchase of online training modules
  • professional/industry group membership fees

Equipment and resources - enhance quality of service delivery

(e.g. resources to support business growth and capacity building)

  • minor infrastructure or capital works projects
  • education materials and resources
  • office equipment and technology e.g. computer, printer iPad, IT software
  • equipment or venue hire

 Ineligible items or costs

The following types of resources/items are not eligible for funding under this grant program:

  • meeting existing debts or shortfalls
  • office and related equipment that is not primarily for the purposes of engagement and community support
  • employment of staff that may create an expectation of ongoing employment or create ongoing operating expenses
  • activities or items with recurrent implications; and
  • ongoing administration costs.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

Demonstrated alignment with the Department’s vision for Thriving Communities

Demonstrated improvement to community engagement, networking and quality of service delivery in your community

  • What is the level of need for the resource/ item/ service?
  • How it will enhance the viability, capability and quality of service delivery in your local community?

Demonstrated value for money 

  • List proposed resources/items/services and respective costs in the budget table. Please list these in order from highest priority to lowest priority. Indicative costs or quotes are acceptable.

The program is highly competitive, with grants offered to those centres with proposals that best fit the stated criteria. Applicants may be asked to submit further details or provide clarification during the assessment process. Applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of the assessment process. Successful applicants will be required to enter into a service agreement with the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and will be legally responsible for complying with the requirements and conditions of the service agreement.

Privacy Notice

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors is collecting information, including personal information, on this form for the purpose of assessing your application to the Thriving Communities Neighbourhood and Community Centres Grants Program. Your personal information will only be accessed by authorised departmental officers for the purposes directly related to assessment of your application. Your personal information will be managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Principles outlined in the Information Privacy Act 2009. The department may provide local Members of Parliament with the contact details of organisations approved for funding.


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