The Thriving Cohesive Communities (TCC) grant round provides funding towards projects that strengthen family and community connection and support young people to take up meaningful roles in their community. Funded projects will form part of the Queensland Government’s social cohesion program to build cohesive and resilient Queensland communities and to foster a strong sense of belonging for all Queenslanders.
The Thriving Cohesive Community Grants to support implementation of the Thriving Cohesive Communities Action Plan 2019-21 action plan. The plan sets out priorities for action under four key focus areas:
- Pathways for individuals
- Family connections
- Community connections and strength
- Collaborative services
This second action plan has:
- a greater emphasis on young people (12-25 years)
- targeted investment for more focused impact to the regional Queensland locations of Toowoomba, Rockhampton and Townsville
- a greater emphasis on addressing economic exclusion.
It is a plan to promote and strengthen Queensland’s social cohesion, reduce social marginalisation and economic exclusion, and address anti-social behaviour and behaviours that can lead to violence or physical harm.
Who is eligible to apply?
Not-for-profit organisations, including Neighbourhood and Community Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations; Local Government Authorities (LGAs); P&C Associations; Co-operatives; and Unincorporated community groups and user-led groups who are auspiced by an eligible entity, and must have:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN);
- have no overdue reports, outstanding financial liability, or service delivery or performance issues
- hold the appropriate public liability insurance
- must not be a state or federal government agency.
- up to $120,000 (exc. GST) per project under Youth Connect – Contribute – Lead.
- up to $45,000 (exc. GST) per project under Locals speaking to locals.
How to apply
Focus: The Inclusive Kids Community Grants Fund aims to assist children who are disadvantaged, by providing small grants to assist with their day to day care or to purchase items that will create better inclusion in community life for these children. This Grants Fund is open to individuals aged 0 – 18 years who live in one of the various areas in which the Grants Fund operates (for details of these areas, click here).
Amount: Up to $4,000
Focus: The Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways project (IYMP) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who choose to move away from home to gain the qualifications they need to have a greater chance of obtaining sustainable employment in their home community or elsewhere. The project is aimed primarily at young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote areas ages 16 – 24 (participants may commence a course at any time before they turn 25 years old and may be supported until the conclusion of that course).
STAS now provides assistance to eligible students on rail, bus and ferry services and through the payment of conveyance allowance to parents as a contribution towards the cost of transporting their children to and from school. It aims to help parents meet their legal obligation of ensuring their children are enrolled in and attending an approved educational facility
Focus: For students or recent grad (within 1 year) who want to start your own company in advanced technologies (micro-, nano-, bio-technology, medical devices)? If you have an exciting idea, we want you to join ‘The Tap’s’ community of entrepreneurs and experts. Apply for a Tapping In grant from STC. You’ll get:
- Free access to ‘The Tap’ for 3 months for up to 3 team members
- Use our medical device business intelligence portal, CAD workstation and 3d printer
- Connections to experts for mentorship and support
- Participation in STC events
- A focused opportunity to turn an idea into a start-up
Applications are rolling – apply whenever you’re ready by emailing a one-page non-confidential executive summary of your idea, telling us why the idea is awesome, and how you’re the rock star(s) that are going to make it work: email@example.com
Focus: Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care. Talk to your case worker if you think you might be eligible as only a case worker can apply for TILA on your behalf.
Focus: The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.
Amount: up to $500
Focus: The Youth Employment Program (YEP) is an employment support program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are finishing high school and looking for work or considering further education. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) staff in your region can help you:
- with your choice of career
- link to job vacancies
- connect you to culturally capable services
- with pre-employment support such preparing resumes and for job interviews
- get support for any life challenges that make it difficult to find work
- access training opportunities.
Focus: To create a more just society by giving every young person in Australia an equal opportunity to access the skills to negotiate life’s journey. Matana’s focus is on improving the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, or whose concerns and issues are not readily funded from other sources. Recognising that disadvantage takes many forms, we prioritise projects and organisations that address the causes of youth disadvantage by:
- Providing programs primarily targeting school retention and increased education achievement for students who are at risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out. The focus is on early identification, customised learning and mentoring.
- Providing programs that target employment skills development, employment and career pathways and transitions into employment.
- Providing programs that target social and community connectedness, personal significance and social and emotional outcomes.
- Providing services in geographical areas across Australia where funding is difficult to source.
Amount: $1,000 to $10,000