QCF provides grants annually under two programs.
General Fund Grant Program
Grants from the General Fund focus on organisational capacity building assisting charities develop their structures, systems, people and skills in order to deliver improved outcomes. Typically, capacity building focuses on education and training, recruiting, maintaining or recognising volunteers, information technology support systems, and planning and governance which may include strategic plans, constitution reviews or board appraisals.
The grant round opens at the end of January each year and applications are invited from mid-tier organisations seeking a grant of up to a maximum of $30,000 each.
Regional Grant Program
The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville regions are supported by the regional grant program. Applications from eligible charitable organisations providing local service delivery in areas such as aged care, family support, health and welfare, and youth and arts and which have the following characteristics are favoured:
- One-off projects for a specific purpose
- Demonstrate sustainability beyond the funding period
- Strengthen the community
- Reduce social disadvantage
- Help find solutions to community problems
- Benefit as many people as possible
Grants are generally between $2,000 and $3,000 each with a maximum of $5,000 considered.
For more information contact Bronwynn van Baalen, Executive Officer, Queensland Community Foundation on 3360 3854, or alternatively email email@example.com.
Under the terms of the Trust Deed and Australian Taxation laws, Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) can only make grants to organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1.
There are two distinct types of DGR. This is identified on an organisation’s notice of endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office as either a Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1, or Item 2.
Queensland Community Foundation is limited to funding DGR’s where the “provision for gift deductibility” is “item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997″. That is, we can only make grants to organisations endorsed as DGR Item 1.
An organisation’s name or ABN can be used to search the Australian Government’s online Australian Business Register to check details of its DGR endorsement.
Eligibility of your project
Please make sure you read the funding objectives and specific exclusions for each of the program areas.
Projects that fall into any of the following categories will not be considered for funding:
- Retrospective funding – projects which are already underway or will commence prior to the date indicated in our online application information are not eligible for consideration.
- Recurrent expenditure for which there is no future provision.
- Capital or endowment funds established to provide a corpus for institutions.
- Research for undergraduate, masters or doctoral students.
- Auspicing is not permitted – the organisation applying must be the one that will run the program or project.
- Applications for public charitable purposes outside Queensland.
- Applications will not be accepted from organisations that have not successfully acquitted previous grants from the Foundation.
The recipient will be required to execute an appropriate funding agreement. QCF requires a progress report on the project 12 months after the grant is received. Organisations that fail to provide reports may not be considered for future funding.