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:
Submissions which demonstrate innovation, target hard to reach people or groups, or respond to identified local needs are encouraged.
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
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)
Equipment and resources - enhance quality of service delivery
(e.g. resources to support business growth and capacity building)
Ineligible items or costs
The following types of resources/items are not eligible for funding under this grant program:
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
Demonstrated value for money
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.
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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Click here to download the Funding Guidelines document from the Department's funding available page.
For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please email Grantqueries@communities.qld.gov.au and quote your application number.
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