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Council is committed to supporting community initiatives and partnerships that encourage participation in community life, foster social cohesion, celebrate culture and diversity, and contribute to a vibrant, healthy and sustainable city. We have a range of community funding programs as detailed below.


Funding

PROGRAM

ROUND DATES

FUNDING LIMIT

Community Projects Funding

Supports not-for-profit organisations in the Ipswich LGA who have projects that include but are not limited to infrastructure, facility upgrades, capacity building, equipment purchase; that have a wider community benefit.

Round 1
Opens 1 July
Closes 31 July

Round 2
Opens 1 November
Closes 30 November

Round 3
Opens 1 March
Closes 31 March

$15,000.00

Community Events Funding

Supports not-for-profit organisations in the Ipswich LGA who are hosting and/or cultivating an event, showcase, festival, celebration, carnival etc that has a wider community benefit.

Monthly rounds open on the first day of each month and close on the last day of each month (no rounds in December and June)

$5,000.00

Enviroplan Levy Community Funding

Supports not-for-profit organisations and wildlife carers working towards protecting and maintaining the natural environment within the Ipswich LGA.

Round 1
Opens 1 July
Closes 31 July

Round 2
Opens 1 November
Closes 30 November

Round 3
Opens 1 March
Closes 31 March

NFP Community Groups - $2,000.00

Schools or Childcare Centres –

$2,000.00

Wildlife Carers –

$1,000.00

Councillor Discretionary Funds

Supports not-for-profit community organisations to recognise the significant role they play in developing initiatives, fostering social cohesion, identifying community needs and contributing to the wider community.

Program open from 1 July to mid-June or until budget expended

Applications to be submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to commencement of project

$1,000.00 per Councillor

Quick Response Funding

Supports not-for-profit organisations delivering small community initiatives that address local needs and achieve community development outcomes.

Program open from 1 July to 31 May or until budget expended

Applications to be submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to commencement of project

$1,000.00

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Supports local artists within the Ipswich LGA promote the role and value of arts, culture, and heritage in the community.

Round 1
Closes 5 December for projects commencing after 1 March

Round 2
Closes 26 June for projects commencing after 1 September

Funding limits vary
depending on
funding category

Quick Response RADF

Supports local arts and cultural practitioners to attend professional development opportunities.

Program open from 11 November to 30 September or until budget expended

Applications to be submitted at least eight (8) weeks prior to commencement of activity

$1,500.00

In-Kind Assistance

Supports community organisations in the delivery of community and sporting events that engage the broader community and improve social, economic and/or environmental outcomes.

Available stores include plastic bollards, star pickets, barrier mesh, cable ties, witches’ hats, bins and toilets.

Program open from 1 July to 11 June or until budget expended

Applications to be submitted at least six (6) weeks prior to event

2 successful applications per year (up to a maximum of $10,000.00)

Event Sponsorship and Major Community Event Sponsorship

Supports community organisations and businesses to hold events that activate the City of Ipswich and generate benefits within the economy and cultural ecosystem of the city.

Category 1
Minimum three months prior to event

Category 2
Minimum six months prior to event

Category 1
$1.00 - $15,000.00

Category 2
$15,001.00 and over

Viva Cribb Bursary

Aids individuals or not-for profit organisations with the costs related to a project that documents or records a significant aspect of the local history of Ipswich.

Opens 1 October

Closes 31 October

$5,000.00

Sport Achievement Funding

Supports and recognises Ipswich sportspersons and their achievements and provides support to sport and recreation organisations.

Program open for from 1 July to 30 June

Applications must be submitted after participation and within 6 months of the event start date

State Event - $150.00

National Event - $300.00

International Event - $500.00

View council’s Community Funding and Support Policy (PDF, 381.9 KB)

For more information on council funding check out the links below.

ANZAC Day Commemorative Services Funding

Funding is available to support endorsed RSL Sub-Branches and Organising Committees to develop and deliver ANZAC Day Commemorations in 2023. Applications must be submitted online and are by invitation only.

For more information, please contact the Community Funding and Support Team on 3810 6648 or email communityfunding@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Civic and Ceremonial Events Policy (PDF, 212.0 KB)

Councillor Discretionary Funds

Through Councillor Discretionary Funds Ipswich City Council seeks to support the role of community organisations and recognise the significant role they play in developing and delivering initiatives that encourage participation in community life, foster social cohesion, celebrate diversity and contribute to a vibrant, healthy and sustainable city.

Councillor Discretionary Funds allows for funds to be allocated to not-for-profit community organisations for community purposes, supporting community organisations to deliver initiatives that address identified local community needs.

The maximum amount of funding available to an applicant community organisation for any one application is $1,000.00 per Councillor.

Applications

Applications for Councillor Discretionary Funds can be submitted at any time during the year online through the SmartyGrants System:

More Information

For further information please contact the Community Funding and Support team on (07) 3810 6648 or communityfunding@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Community Projects and Events Funding

The Community Projects and Events Funding Program seeks to achieve the community’s vision for a Safe, Inclusive, Creative and Active City, as outlined predominantly in council’s Corporate Plan, iFuture; council’s Community Development Strategy and the 2021-2031 Active Ipswich Strategy.

The Community Projects and Events Funding Program supports one-off projects and events that are of benefit to the local community and that aligns with one or more of the five pillars of the Community Development Strategy and/or the goals of the Active Ipswich Strategy:

  • Capacity Building and Resilience
  • Wellbeing
  • Inclusion and Connectedness
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Civic Participation and Leadership
  • Increased Participation
  • Better Places
  • Stronger Partnerships

Timeframe

Community Projects

  • Three funding rounds per year

Funding Rounds 2022-2023

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Application opening dates

1 July

1 November

1 March

Application closing dates

31 July

30 November

31 March

Notification of application outcomes

*Mid-September

*Mid-January

*Mid-May

Project Timeframe

12 months from funding round approval date

*no later than 6 weeks from round closure

Community Events

  • Applications for Community Events can be submitted all year round.
  • Applications are assessed monthly

Applications Submitted

* Notification of application outcomes

July

August/September

August

September/October

September

October/November

October

November/December

November

December/January

January

February/March

February

March/April

March

April/May

April

May/June

May

June/July

*no later than 6 weeks from month-end

Funding Range

  • Community Projects Funding Program – up to $15,000
  • Community Events Funding Program – up to $5,000

More information

To find out more, including an overview of eligibility criteria, download the Community Funding and Support Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.0 MB).

For further information, contact the Community Funding and Support team on (07) 3810 6648 or communityfunding@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Enviroplan Levy Community Funding

Ipswich boasts a unique landscape with over 6,500 hectares of reserves and conservation estates. Working towards protecting and maintaining the natural environment of Ipswich and continually improving liveability within the city through sustainable practices, council supports community initiatives through Enviroplan Levy Community Funding.

Enviroplan Levy Community Funding

Caring for the environment is a significant theme of the iFuture | Corporate Plan. The Enviroplan Levy Community Funding Program cares for the natural environment by providing assistance for community-led initiatives that contribute to the protection and enhancement of the environment within the Ipswich City Council area. Council aims to encourage community involvement in the achievement of environmental awareness, tree planting, land restoration and bush regeneration.

Eligibility

Funding is available to not-for profit community groups, schools, childcare centres or registered wildlife carers. Organisations, groups and wildlife carers must outline how the proposed initiative will provide a benefit to the environment and improve biodiversity. Recipients must be able to carry out and complete the requested project within 12 months of the funding approval date.

Available Funding

Groups and organisations are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000 per application and wildlife carers are eligible to apply for grants up to $1,000 per application.

Eligible Applicants Maximum Grant
Not-for-profit community groups (i.e. landcare groups, wildlife centres, Girl Guides, Scout groups). $2,000 per application
Schools or childcare centres $2,000 per application
Wildlife carers $1,000 per application

Application Process

Funding Rounds Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Application opening dates 1 August 1 November 1 March
Application closing dates 31 August 30 November 31 March
Notification of application outcomes *Mid-October *Mid-January *Mid-May
Project timeframe 12 months from funding round approval date

Applications are submitted online through the SmartyGrants System:

More information

To find out more, including an overview of eligibility criteria, download the Community Funding and Support Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.0 MB).

For further information, contact communityfunding@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Events Sponsorship

Council recognises the important contribution events make to the economy and cultural ecosystem of the city.

Objectives

The Event Sponsorship Program provides funding to support a range of sponsorship and partnership opportunities that enable eligible community organisations and businesses to hold events that activate Ipswich City and generate benefits for our communities and businesses.Through the Events Sponsorship Program, council aims to support events that celebrate, develop and engage the city’s communities.

Eligibility

Event sponsorships are open to registered organisations and not-for-profit organisations that meet the eligibility criteria and do not fall within any of the exclusions. The table below sets out the levels of assistance available, which is limited by council's budget decisions and priorities.

CategoryAmount Application to be lodged at council
One $1 to $15,000 Minimum three months prior to event
Two $15,001 and over Minimum six months prior to event

Applications

  • Before lodging an application, please contact the Sponsorship Officer on (07) 3810 6891 to discuss sponsorship options, eligibility, timeframes, etc.
  • No applicant can be guaranteed funding nor can any applicant be guaranteed the full amount requested.
  • Once approved, applicants will be advised in writing of outcomes.

More information

To find out more, including an overview of eligibility criteria, download the Community Funding and Support Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.0 MB).

If you require additional assistance please contact us on (07) 3810 6891.

In-Kind Assistance

In-Kind Assistance is provided to community organisations to support the delivery of community and sporting events within the City of Ipswich that engage the broader community and improve social, economic and/or environmental outcomes for the community. In-Kind Assistance is limited to Council store items (including plastic bollards/star pickets, star picket rammers, barrier mesh, cable ties and witches hats) and the provision of refuse bins and portable toilets.

Timeframe

  • Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.
  • Any application must be lodged at least six weeks before the proposed assistance is required.

Funding Range

Funding is not available within this category, only in-kind assistance as detailed above.

Applications

Applications are submitted online through the SmartyGrants System:

More Information

To find out more, including an overview of eligibility criteria, funding processes, event waste management and more download the Community Funding and Support Guidelines and Community Event Waste Management Plan below:

For further information please contact the Community Funding and Support team on (07) 3810 6657 or communityfunding@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Quick Response Funding

Quick Response Funding support community organisations delivering small community initiatives that address local needs and achieve community development outcomes.

Timeframe

  • There are no application deadlines for the funding category and applications are assessed on an ongoing basis.
  • Applications must be submitted at least four weeks before the proposed activity commences to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Funding Range

  • Maximum funding of up to $1,000 is available per initiative.
  • While an application for Quick Response Funding may be made at any time during the year, funding will only be available while such funds set aside in Council’s annual budget for this purpose remain unexpended.

Applications

Applications are submitted online through the SmartyGrants System.

More information

To find out more, including an overview of eligibility criteria, download the Community Funding and Support Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.0 MB).

For further information please contact the Community Funding and Support team on (07) 3810 6648 or communityfunding@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

RADF Grants

Expressions of interest for RADF are now open. Apply today for arts and cultural projects commencing after 1 March.

RADF Grants Timeline

There are two RADF funding rounds per year. All grant categories are available in each round.

Opening Date Closing Date For project
commencing after
Round 1 11 November 2.00 pm 5 December 1 March
Round 2 2 June 2.00 pm 26 June 1 September

RADF Quick Response Grants

Quick Response Grants are available for arts and cultural practitioners to attend all professional development opportunities including seminars, conferences, workshops, mentorships, and training.

  • Funding is available for up to 100% of the total cost to a maximum of $1,500.00 for national or international professional development.
  • Assistance is available towards costs for registration, travel and accommodation.
  • Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before the activity.

More Information

To find out more, including RADF priorities, funding categories, eligibility criteria and more, download the guidelines and checklist below:

Please contact the Ipswich RADF Liaison Officer at (07) 3810 6148 or trina.massey@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Sport Achievement Funding

Sport and recreation is an integral part of life in Ipswich City. The city has a proud sporting heritage and has produced many sporting champions participating in a wide range of sports. Council administers a number of sport and recreation programs that support and recognise Ipswich sportspersons and their achievements and provides support to sport and recreation organisations.

Annual Ipswich Sports Awards

Ipswich City Council provides financial support and recognition of sporting excellence to deserving sports people, organisations and volunteers in the community - click here for more information about the annual Ipswich Sports Awards.

Sport Achievement Funding

The Sport Achievement Funding is provided to assist local athletes, referees and umpires who have qualified or been selected by a peak body to attend an eligible State, National or International event.

Applications can only be submitted after participation at the event.  Applications must be submitted within 6 months of the event start date.

Applicants will be required to provide the following documentation:

  • Written confirmation of the applicant’s selection to participate in an eligible State, National or International competition as an athlete, umpire or referee
  • Proof of residency

Applications are submitted online through the Smarty Grants System:

More information

To find out more, including an overview of eligibility criteria, download the Community Funding and Support Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.0 MB).

For assistance please contact the Applications Team on (07) 3810 6666.

Other Sporting Awards/Grants Programs

  • Emerging Athlete Pathways: Emerging Athlete Pathways aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events. Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) officiating at eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Australian Sports Commission - Local Sporting Champions: The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Viva Cribb Bursary

The Viva Cribb Bursary Program provides funding to individuals or non-profit groups to assist with the costs related to a project that documents or records a significant aspect of the local history of Ipswich.

The bursary is named in honour of Viva Cribb, who demonstrated a dedication to the preservation of the history of Ipswich.

The bursary fosters an appreciation of the city's local history and heritage, encouraging individuals to document issues of historical significance to Ipswich, and making it accessible to the community.

Funding available

Funding of up to $5,000 is available for eligible projects

Eligible projects must have a substantive connection to an identified area of Ipswich history and can be in the form of a printed book, web resource (e-book or mobile app), edited oral histories, short film or digital stories, or other suitable format.

Possible topics may include:

  • architects, builders, tradespeople
  • businesses, industry, agriculture (shops and department stores, tradespeople, mining, farming)
  • cemeteries
  • community organisations or events
  • cultural activities (music and theatre groups, eisteddfods)
  • domestic or public architecture
  • early Ipswich history (convicts, early settlers, Aboriginal and European interactions)
  • individuals, families, local identities
  • Indigenous history
  • Immigrant history and ethnic influences
  • military history, defence force
  • natural environment, floods, disasters
  • professionals (architects, health workers, politicians, sports people)
  • sport and recreational activities
  • transport and infrastructure
  • townships, suburbs, street

Timeframe

  • One funding round per year
Opening Date Closing DateNotification
1 October  31 October  End of November 

Application information

To find out more, including an overview of eligibility criteria, download the Community Funding and Support Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.0 MB).

For more information contact the Picture Ipswich Digital Archivist on (07) 3810 7272 or LibPictureIpswich@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Viva Cribb Bursary publications available to download and read on Picture Ipswich. All Viva Cribb Bursary Projects are available to view at the Ipswich Libraries’ Local History Room.