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.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) NOW OPEN!

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mareeba Shire Council to support local arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.

The RADF 2019-20 Community Grant Round opens for applications on Monday 9 September 2019 for projects to be conducted between January 2020 and December 2020.  Individuals, groups and associations, and arts and cultural companies within the Mareeba Shire Council area are invited to apply for funding for arts, cultural or heritage projects that meet the RADF objectives to build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community pride.  The local priorities for RADF 2019-20 are: cultural tourism, youth arts engagement and public mural partnerships.   Applicants may apply for RADF grants of less than $10,000 and must show other sources of cash or in-kind support for the project.

The RADF 2019-20 Community Grant Guidelines and Application Forms will be available from 9 September 2019.  Applications must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 31st October 2019.  For more information and to discuss your application please contact Jane Hollins, Senior Community Wellbeing Officer phone 4086 4695 or 1300 308 461 or email

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 us by telephone 1300 308 461.

Advancing Queensland – An Age-friendly Community Grants Program (2019-20)

Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 for collaborative, innovative and age-friendly projects that address the communication, information and social participation needs of seniors. Applications close 10 June 2019. Click here for more information.


Saluting their Service Community Commemorative Grants Program

The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.

Eligible Applicants:

  1. Not-for-profit community-based organisations from drought-affected communities across rural, regional and remote Australia where funds support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (i.e. are for a charitable purpose) and address a need in the community;
  2. Organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate;
  3. Organisations with and without DGR endorsement;
  4. An organisation is eligible to submit one application per grant round.


  • Round 14 – Closes 5pm AEST 23 July 2019 (Projects delivered between Sept 2019 and Feb 2021, or as agreed in multi-year projects).
  • Round 15 – Closes 5pm AEST 16 Oct 2019
  • Round 16 -Closes 5pm AEST 21 Jan 2019

This is a rolling grants program so applications accepted any time

Eligible Projects:

  1. Projects in all tiers must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.
  2. Building community resilience
  3. Developing organisational resilience and capacity
  4. Enhancing environmental sustainability
  5. Fostering cultural vibrancy
  6. Lifelong learning and education
  7. Economic strength
  8. Improving community health and social wellbeing.

Additional Criteria for larger-scale and multi-year projects up to $60,000 and $150,000

  1. Provide broader, more medium-term impact – multi-year grants will be considered;
  2. Offer activities that could be repeated over a period of time;
  3. Deliver larger-scale activities that provide short term relief to alleviate the impact of drought;
  4. Support a coordinated approach with a regional focus;
  5. Enhance resourcing, stability and continuity of events and programs being delivered by local not for profit organisations; and

Support the delivery of activities and services which cost more due to the remoteness of their location

Click here to find out more.


Gambling Community Benefit Fund

The fund allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups, to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.  It is available four timers each year and the next round closes 31 August 2019. Click here to find out more.

Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program

The program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations. It is available in three rounds this year until 31 March 2020. Click here to find out more.

Sunsuper dreams for a Better World

Round three (active community) sports grants are available to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in the community, closing 13 September 2019. Click here to find out more.

Universal Charitable Fund – Small Grants

Grants of approximately $2,000 for projects that make an impact in the areas of education, health, building sustainable communities, children and youth.  Applications can be submitted at any time. Click here to find out more.

Australia Post Community Grants

More than ever, local communities play a vital role in shaping the future of our nation, and Australia Post is there to lend a hand, providing essential services that help people connect with each other. Australia Post is offering grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects that provide positive benefits for your community. Click here to find out more.

Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust

The Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust distributes more than 300 student scholarships every year. These scholarships are funded by individuals and organisations who strongly believe in supporting CSU and its students.

Who can apply

  • Any Australian/New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident who has applied for admission to CSU or who is enrolled in a CSU course.  Both on campus and online students are eligible unless otherwise stated in individual scholarship criteria
  • Any international students who are classified as an international student in Australia with either a full unconditional offer from CSU to study in Australia or continuing enrolment as a full-time student at a CSU campus. The exemption is scholarships involving work placement due to citizenship requirements for work purposes.

Click here for more information. 


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.