City funds to support a stronger community

2 March 2016

Dozens of not-for-profit organisations will continue their vital community work, thanks to the annual Community Grants program.

The program, which aims to support and stimulate projects and activities with a whole-of-city focus, opened this week for applications.

Projects funded under the program help improve the quality of life for our residents and contribute to developing a strong and connected community.

Grants are available in the following categories:

• nature conservation (including wildlife caring) and environmental sustainability

• culture, history and heritage

• safe city

• community capacity building activities (including Seniors Week)

• active community.

To be eligible, projects must start and finish in the 2016-17 financial year.

Last year, the program provided more than $720,000 to fund applications from a range of organisations such as CareFlight, Surf Life Saving Queensland, the Animal Welfare League, the Gold Coast Homelessness Network, Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League and Volunteer Marine Rescue through to regional arts, musical, cultural, heritage, sporting, human services, environmental and wildlife organisations.

Incorporated into the program are specific grants for Seniors Week activities. Projects must take place during Seniors Week 2016 (13-21 August) and be designed to reduce social isolation and build networks for seniors across the city.

It is anticipated the Council will determine the allocation of funds in June with funds available from July 2016.

Applications are open until 8 April 2016, with online application forms and program details at


Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.