The Community Partnerships Program

The Community Partnerships Program is a grant program designed to enhance community wellbeing by contributing to community partnerships for events and activities that deliver significant community benefits in Mareeba Shire.

Under the Community Partnerships Program, Council provides financial and in-kind assistance to community organisations in the Mareeba Shire.

The CPP Policy provides further details about the types of assistance provided.

Councillor Discretionary Fund

Regional Arts Development Fund

The MSC Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) 2021-22 Community Grant Round is now open for applications.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mareeba Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. 

Individuals, groups, not for profit organisations and arts and cultural companies may apply for grants for arts, culture and heritage projects that build cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community wellbeing in the Mareeba Shire.    Projects in the priority areas of cultural tourism, public mural partnerships and youth arts engagement will be highly regarded.  Applicants may apply for a grant of less than $10,000 and must show other sources of project income.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application prior to submission by contacting Coordinator Community Services on 1300 308 461 or

The Application Form, Guidelines and Outcome Report Template are available to download below. 

Applications must be submitted by 5pm Monday 14 March 2022 for projects starting from 1 June 2022.

Other Grants

In support of the Mareeba Shire community, Council monitors grant funding made available by other organisations.  The Community Grant Alerts below provide key details about a selection of current grant opportunities.  This list is regularly updated.  If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive Community Grant Alerts, please email or contact 1300 308 461.

Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program – Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program | Community Grants Hub

Aims to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people around the country in a range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.  Community Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities.

Applications are open now and close 8 February 2022.


Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments StreamDept of Industry, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream – Round Six |

Round 6 Community Investment Stream support new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.  Grants of $5,000 to $1M to cover 50% – 75% of eligible project costs (depending on remoteness) or 100% for small grants up to $20,000.

Applications are open now and close 10 February 2022.


Strengthening Rural Communities Program – Small & Vital StreamFoundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

The Strengthening Rural Communities Program gives small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Grants up to $10,000 are available to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations for projects that support communities with fewer than 15,000 people.

  • Round 12 – opened 24 Nov 2021, closes 22 Feb 2022, funding announced by June 2022.
  • Round 13 – opens 23 Feb 2022, closes 31 May 2022, funding announced by Sept 2022.


Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Dept Justice and Attorney-General



The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provides grants for not-for-profit community groups to help them provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

In 2022, there will be four funding rounds with the following closing dates:

  • 28 February 2022 (super round – grants up to $100,000),
  • 31 May 2022 (grants up to $35,000),
  • 31 August 2022 (grants up to $35,000),
  • 31 October 2022 (grants up to $35,000).


Disclaimer: The information contained in the Community Grant Alerts is for general information purposes only and is not an endorsement of any internet site, service or organisation mentioned. For full information, please contact the grant providers and access the full guidelines.  Whilst all effort is taken to ensure accuracy, Mareeba Shire Council officers do not accept responsibility for the content, including any errors, omissions or inaccuracies, in any of the Community Grant Alerts presented.