The Community Partnerships Program

The Community Partnerships Program is designed to support the volunteer efforts of community groups and contribute to community-led events, projects and activities that deliver social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits to the local community.

The Community Partnership Program Policy and Procedure provides details about how requests for Council assistance are managed, including eligibility criteria and conditions of approval.

Submit online request here

Letters of Support/Reference Request

Supporting our community to apply for funding from grants is extremely important to us.

Council receives letter of support and reference requests on a regular basis from individuals, community groups, businesses, sporting clubs and not-for-profit organisations.

To assist Council with the prompt processing of your request we require a minimum of 10 business days’ notice for regular letters of support and up to 8 weeks for proposed projects on MSC land or upgrades to MSC facilities.

Submit online request here

Councillor Discretionary Fund

Regional Arts Development Fund

The MSC Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) 2021-22 Annual Community Grant Round is closed and grants have been awarded.  The next RADF Annual Community Grant Round will be advertised in January 2023.  Application forms and guidelines will be made available at that time and may differ from previous funding rounds.

Individuals, groups, not for profit organisations and arts and cultural companies may apply for grants for a wide range of arts, cultural 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.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application prior to submission by contacting Senior Community Services Officer 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.

If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive Community Grant Alerts, please email or contact 1300 308 461.


Community Sustainability Action Grants – Round 7 

Grants of up to $100,000 for eligible community groups seeking to improve their facilities and operations by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and energy efficient equipment to reduce carbon emissions, ease demand on the energy network and reduce energy bills.

Applications for Round 7 must be submitted by Wednesday 7 December 2022.

Further information can be found here:


Gambling Community Benefit Fund

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

There are several rounds each year.

Further information can be found here:


Celebrating Reconciliation Grants Program

Applications are now open for the Queensland Government’s Celebrating Reconciliation Grants Program for 2023.

The program will support up to 37 Queensland-based reconciliation events and activities held in or around National Reconciliation Week.

Reconciliation Week (27 May–3 June 2023) celebrates and builds on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to $3,000 (exclusive of GST) per event or activity

Applications close on Friday, 23 December 2022.

Further information can be found here:


Future Drought Fund – Extension and Adoption of Drought Resilience Farming Practices

Applications for the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund: Extension and Adoption of Drought Resilience Farming Practices are now open.

The program will fund eligible entities to work with farmers to drive the adoption of proven drought resilience practices and technologies.

Grants of between $100,000 and $3 million are available.

Applications close on Monday, 9 January 2023.

Further information can be found here: