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Community Development Grants

Community development refers to a process where the community itself is engaged in improving the social, economic and environmental situation of the community. The community spirit inherent in Ipswich is one of the most significant characteristics of the city and a major element of keeping this spirit alive is by enabling the community to embrace and celebrate our unique city.

What is the Community Development Grants Program?

To acknowledge and recognise the important and valuable role that community organisations play in contributing to our city's community spirit, the Community Development Grants Program provides funding to non-profit incorporated community based organisations for projects which respond to local needs and issues.


Funding up to a maximum $2,500.00 is available.

Community infrastructure projects: funding available is 50% of the total cost up to a maximum of $1,250.00.

Distribution of funding

Funding is available on a monthly basis.  Applications are received throughout the year and are considered at the monthly Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee.  Applicants should allow 5-8 weeks for their applications to be processed.

Once approved, applicants will be advised in writing of outcomes.


Community Development Grants Guidelines (PDF, 4.3 MB)

Types of projects funded

Projects funded by the Community Development Grants Program must:

  • address a demonstrated need of the community
  • demonstrate a community development framework
  • not be a core responsibility of the organisation.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for funding under the Community Development Grants Program, organisations must be not-for-profit, community-based and incorporated.

An unincorporated organisation can be auspiced / sponsored by an incorporated organisation.

Eligible projects

1. Community infrastructure, including:

  • upgrades to facilities
  • purchase of equipment

2. Organisational development, in particular:

  • skills development for management committees
  • strategic and business development.

3. Community development projects and activities which:

  • enhance community capacity
  • promote harmonious community relations.

4. Community Events and Festivals

How to apply

Complete the Community Development Grants online application Form.
For assistance please contact the Grants and Community Projects Officer on (07) 3810 6657 or email