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.

To be eligible to apply under this program the applicant must be a not for profit organisation such as an incorporated body.  Businesses, commercial entities, are not eligible to apply under this program.

The Community Partnership Program Policy and Procedure provides details about how requests for Council assistance are managed, including a complete list of the 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

The Mareeba Shire Council, Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) 

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.

Applications for the 2023-24 grant round have now closed. If you wish to be notified of the next available grant round, you can do so by contacting Council’s Senior Community Services Officer by phone on 1300 308 461 or emailing

Councillor Discretionary Fund

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.

Backing Business in the Bush Fund – Queensland Treasury

This investment program supports small to medium businesses to undertake projects in regional Queensland that: increase productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of Queensland businesses to capitalise on domestic and export growth opportunities; support adaptation to economic change with sustained or increased employment; or assist with adoption of technology and practices to improve environmental sustainability.  Grants of between $500,000 and $2M are available and a 50% co-contribution is required.

Applications close 14 January 2024

More Information: Backing Business in the Bush Fund – Queensland Treasury

Grow Cultural Tourism Fund – Arts Queensland

The Grow Cultural Tourism Fund supports the development of new arts and cultural events and experiences that can drive cultural tourism outcomes for Queensland.  Funding is available through three streams including feasibility studies, embedding arts and cultural programming into existing non-arts events and increasing the reach and impact of existing events.  Grants up to $80K are available and require matched funding co-contribution (1:1).

Applications close 29 February 2024

More Information: Grow Cultural Tourism Fund (

Queensland Gives – 2024 General Fund and Regional Grant-Making

Grants are available for Queensland DGR1 charities to build their organisational capacity in order to deliver improved outcomes in the community.  The 2024 grant round focuses on but is not limited to organisations helping communities impacted by the housing crisis or mental health.  The 2024 General Fund provides grants up to $30,000 to assist charities develop their structures, systems, people and skills.  The 2024 Regional Grant-Making stream provides grants of $5K to $30K for one off projects that strengthen the community, reduce disadvantage or find solutions to community issues.

Applications close 15 December 2023.

More information: Grants (Close 15 Dec 2023) – Queensland Gives