QCF was established to allow Queenslanders to donate money to charities or community causes.

Grants 2017-08-17T15:14:49+00:00

QCF provides grants annually under three programs. 

The Gulf Area Social Development Trust- Applications open 4 September 2017

The Gulf Area Community Social Development Trust offers grants that promote the interests and welfare of residents of the Gulf Area Community by supporting projects and initiatives that encourage educational, health, cultural and social development.

Grants up to a maximum of $20,000 each will be offered under the 2017 grant round.

Regional Grant-making – Applications open 15 October 2017

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.

General Fund Grant-making – Applications open 29 January 2018

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.

Each year the Board of Governors makes recommendation to the Trustee regarding the area of focus.  For example; homelessness, domestic violence, youth, early childhood.

The next grant round will open on 29 January 2018 and details of the focus area and criteria will  be available by end 2017.  Grants are invited from mid-tier organisations seeking a grant of up to a maximum of $30,000 each.

For more information contact Bronwynn van Baalen, Executive Officer, Queensland Community Foundation on 3360 3854, or alternatively email

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.

General Exclusions

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.

Funding Agreement

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.

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