Community Grants Programme

Charters Towers Regional Council is committed to assisting not-for-profit community organisations to deliver activities/programs/services of an artistic, cultural, recreational, sporting or other community related pursuit by providing grants in an equitable and accountable manner. Council has adopted a formal policy, the Community Grants Policy, and an application process to guide achievement of the objectives.

The Community Grants Policy provides a straight forward approach to how Council will assess applications and what determines applicant success.

Community Grants Policy (PDF, 85kb)
Community Grants Guidelines & Application (PDF, 589kb) or complete online
Community Grant Programme - Acquittal Form (PDF, 180kb)

Applications that have the greatest demonstrated benefit to the communities of the Charters Towers Region and which support the goals expressed within the Charters Towers Regional Council Corporate Plan (PDF) will be considered favourably.

Significant Dates

Community Grants applications will reopen 2 November 2022 and will close 26 November 2022.

Grant Limit

A limit of up to $5,000 maximum in monetary value and/or in-kind support may be requested. Support of School Awards Nights up to $100 maximum will be considered upon request.

Community Grant Aim

It is not the intention of the Charters Towers Regional Council Grants Policy to fund events on a recurring basis. The intent is to provide seed funding to support applicants to become self-sufficient and to encourage new and diverse events/projects/services to be developed in the Charters Towers Region.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Be a not for profit, incorporated community organisation
  • Hold a current public liability insurance certificate to a value of not less than $10 million
  • Be located and operate within the Charters Towers Region, and benefit the communities of the Charters Towers Region
  • Not operate or benefit from gaming machines
  • Not be a Political party
  • Not be a State and Commonwealth Government agency with the exception of school award nights
  • Have no overdue debt to Council
  • Have attended training opportunities provided by Council associated with event management if funding request is event related
  • Have acquitted all Community Grants received from Council.

Ineligible

Assistance will not be provided for applications that:

  • Are primarily for the benefit of an individual
  • Are primarily of a commercial nature
  • Take place outside of the region
  • Do not align with the objectives of Council's Corporate Plan
  • Fall within the responsibility of a State or Federal government department for delivery (with exception of school award nights)
  • Are for repayments of debts or loans
  • Are for funding for individuals – to attend/participate higher self-achievement events/courses
  • Are for components of events that include salaries/wages for staff or recurrent costs associated with day to day operations
  • Are received after the advertised closing date/time
  • Are from organisations that have outstanding Grant requirements, ie. acquittals

Assessment Criteria

Applicants will need to demonstrate a benefit to the community anticipated to be derived from the event, including but not limited to:

  • Opportunity or enhanced opportunity for community inclusion from the planned event
  • Enhancement of civic pride and sense of place to be derived from the event
  • Enhanced opportunities for local economic activities
  • Other expected outcomes of the event that will provide a positive contribution to the quality of life within the Charters Towers Region.

Additional information outlining the following may also be required:

  • Demonstrate how the event/project/service will become self-sustaining (business plan/strategic plan).
  • The organisation’s capacity to manage funds and events.
  • Alternatives for income or assistance available for the event/project/event.
  • The manner in which the event/project/service meets Council’s strategic aims and objectives as demonstrated through the Corporate Plan, as follows:
    • Prosperity and continued economic development
      Our objective is to develop a resilient and diversified economy that capitalizes on our regional strengths and grows our visitor economy.  We will have the skills and infrastructure to seize economic opportunities and adapt to future economic challenges.
    • Environmental sustainability and protection of local and regional natural assets
      Our objective is to manage our natural assets sustainably.  We will conserve and leverage these assets in a way that protects them against future challenges such as drought, bushfire and flood
    • A cohesive and inclusive community
      Our objective is to provide services and facilities that increase liveability and enable social connection.  We will prioritise fostering the health and wellbeing of our community and enhancing public spaces to encourage community connection and an active lifestyle.
    • Fostering regional identity and celebrating the diversity of our communities
      Our objective is to appreciate and foster Charters Towers Region’s unique heritage and culture.  We will protect our history while nurturing the welcoming and friendly culture of the region.
  • Details of other grants that have been applied for/approved relating to the proposed event/project/service.
  • Details of Risk Management Plan relating to the proposed event/project/service.

Should you require assistance with your application or further information, contact Council on 07 4761 5300.