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Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Grants

Round 108 due to open mid-January 2021 and close at 11.59pm, 28 February 2021.

Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Closed: Round 107 - 31 October 2020

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Amounts of $500 to $35,000 are available to eligible community groups and organisations. Applications are prioritized in the following order, where 1 has the highest priority:

  1. Items/facilities directly affected, damaged or destroyed by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years
  2. Equipment or facility improvements
  3. Buses, cars, caravans, boats, tractors, trailers, large mowers, motorbikes and similar items
  4. Community events, training, workshops, festivals, publications and website development
  5. Organisations that have received more than $15,000 from the GCBF over the past 2 years


Please carefully read the GCBF Funding Guidelines for details on eligibility, assessment criteria, and further advice on making applications. This will help you submit a valid application and understand the chances of a positive outcome.


Applications can be made through the GCBF online grants portal.

When announced, dates for opening of following rounds can be checked at: GCBF Programs Link

Please check the Community Benefit Funding Program website for opening dates of rounds during the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Round 106 closed on 31 August 2020 at 11:59pm

Round 107 closes on 31 October 2020 at 11:59pm

Round 108 due to open mid-January 2021 and close at 11.59pm, 28 February 2021.

The following grant programs are currently closed. They are expected to re-open for applications at a later date.

Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020

Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Closed: 18 May 2020, 5:00 pm

The Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants form part of the Federal Energy Efficient Communities Program. 

The grants are provided to support community organisations across Australia to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • improve energy efficient practices
  • increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies

Across Australia, a maximum of 2 projects will be funded per electorate.

  • The maximum grant amount is $12,500
  • The maximum project period is 12 months

Grants may be used for one or more of the following:

  • design, supply and installation of new solar photovoltaic generator systems
  • purchase and installation of new battery systems and battery storage systems
  • purchase and installation of new solar hot water heaters or air source hot water heat pumps, to replace existing equipment
  • purchase and installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting equipment or energy efficient lighting controls to replace existing equipment
  • design, supply and installation of high efficiency split system air conditioning units to replace existing equipment energy audits
  • energy audits


Please carefully read the Grant Guidelines and Sample Grant Agreement for details on eligibility, assessment criteria, and further advice on making applications. 

Additional assistance is available from the department by phone on 13 28 46 and email and web chat by visiting Contact


Applications can be made through the following link:

Brisbane Lord Mayor's Community Fund

Brisbane City Council

Closed: Friday 12 June 2020, 12pm (AEST)

Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Community Fund provides funding for projects that build stronger communities in Brisbane. Eligible projects include those that contribute to the Brisbane Vision by helping to develop communities that are:

  • friendly and safe
  • active and healthy
  • clean and green, or
  • vibrant and creative

Each Council ward is allocated $75,000 for community projects undertaken within that ward. Community organisations can apply for funding for local projects. Councillors can also apply to support community events, activities and capital projects. 

Each organisation may apply for a minimum grant of $250 (goods and services tax (GST) exclusive) and a maximum of $10 000 (GST exclusive). Examples of acceptable projects include:

  • equipment hired for a community event;
  • community facility improvements and equipment;
  • funding towards community sporting organisations equipment and activities within a ward and 
  • community events (such as Australia Day ceremonies, fetes, fundraisers and festivals)


Before applying, please carefully read the:

How to apply

To complete the online application, determine which Council ward your project will take place in. Visit the Electoral Commission Queensland website and select the appropriate ward from the list of Council wards open for funding. A list of Council wards still open for funding and additional information is also available on the official grant website at: Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Community Fund 

For further assistance please phone the Council on 07 3403 8888 to speak with the Grants Unit.



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