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Now Open: Cairns Community Events, Activities and Projects Grants

Cairns Regional Council

Closing: Round 4- 30 June 2021

This Grant assists community groups  and not-for-profit organisations with delivery of events, activities and projects that enhance the lives of local communities, celebrate important community occasions and provide opportunities to develop social cohesion and connection in the Cairns region. Funding and the provision of Council venues and resources up to $15,000 is available. 

*Please Note: Applicants must contact Council’s Community Grants and Programs team prior to submission. Contact [email protected] or phone 07 4044 3690.

  • Round 2 closes 31 December 2020 (for events, activities and projects held 1 March 2021 to 31 March 2022).
  • Round 3 closes 31 March 2021 (for events, activities and projects held 1 June 2021 to 30 June 2022).
  • Round 4 closes 30 June 2021 (for events, activities and projects held 1 September 2021 to 30 September 2022)

Guidelines & Applications

For further information please visit: Cairns Regional Council’s Community Grants website. 

Round 3 closed 31 March 2021

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) 

Arts QLD, QLD Department of Environment & Science

Closing:  Round 4 - 30 May 2021

The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) supports vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland by individuals, organisations or collectives. The program is delivered through three streams- Arts Accelerate, Arts Activate and Arts Advantage. QASP provides up-front, one-off grants of up to $30,000 (sole-funding) and up to $60,000 (co-funding).

The program invests in:

  • the development and growth of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector in Queensland
  • strengthening the Queensland arts and cultural sector’s connection with new audiences
  • supporting artistic and non-artistic collaborations to develop innovative and quality arts and cultural experiences
  • strengthening professional development and the creation of employment and training opportunities for Queensland’s small to medium arts and cultural sector.


Further information and guidelines for the QASP are available at: QASP- Publications and Resources


Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: Arts Queensland- SmartyGrants

Further assistance is available from the Arts Queensland Office on (07) 3034 4016, or toll free 1800 175 531; or: [email protected].


Opening date

Closing date

Funding announcement 


14 July 2020

14 August 2020

25 September 2020


23 November 2020

20 December 2020

1 February 2021


15 February 2021

14 March 2021

26 April 2021


1 May 2021

30 May 2021

13 July 2021

Currently Closed. Further rounds are expected to open at a later date:

Queensland Destination Events Program  QDEP 

QLD Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development

Closed: 7 October 2020

The QDEP offers two funding options for regional events:

  • Destination event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year)
  • Significant event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year)


The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program, seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Aims and objectives of the program

  • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
  • Attract external visitation to the destination
  • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination. 

The QDEP website details the process for events to submit an expression of interest for Significant event funding. Please note, Significant funding applications will only be accepted following invitation by TEQ.

Application & Funding Guidelines:

Funding Guideline

Help Guide for Applicants

Significant event funding Expression of Interest form


For enquiries Contact: (07) 3535 3535 or via email at [email protected]

Funding Round 15 opens 1 Nov 2019 and closes 5 Feb 2020 – Eligible Event dates September 2020 - September 2021;
Funding Round 16 opens March 2020 and closes June 2020 - Eligible Event dates January 2021 - January 2022;
Funding Round 17 opens July 2020 and closes October 2020 - Eligible Event dates May 2021 - May 2022­;



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