Community Donations Community Donations

Council offers two separate funding streams for groups and organisations seeking funding assistance in the form of donations, sponsorship and/or grants.

These are:

  • Community Donations Program, which is a general pool of funds for a range of community-based organisations and administered by Council's Community Wellbeign Department; and
  • Sport & Recreation Grants, which are open only to sporting, active recreation groups and organisations servicing the Gladstone Region. These are administered by Council's Sport & Recreation Section).

Please ensure you read the following information carefully to determine the correct category for your application.

Community Donations Categories

Council's Community Donations Program offers funding to groups not otherwise eligible for donations from other Government or non-Government sources.

Organisations eligible for a donation can submit one application per category in any financial year. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the start of the new financial year usually between March 1 and April 30. However, applications outside these dates will still be accepted.

Applications must address the specific requirements of each category as stipulated below:

  • Category 1: School/College Bursaries and Awards
  • Category 2: Heritage Museums
  • Category 3: Regional Events Support - Australia Day Events
  • Category 4: Recreational Event Support
  • Category 5: Regulatory Fee Reimbursement
  • Category 6: Use of Council Plant & Equipment - Non-Sporting Groups
  • Category 7: Public Hall Subsidy
  • Category 8: Tidy Towns Entry Fees
  • Category 9: Waste Tipping Fee Waiver. Apply by emailing application form to:
  • Category 10: Education/Guidance
  • Category 11: Performing Arts
  • Category 12: Mayor's Discretionary Fund
  • Category 13: Community Service Obligations

Download an application form. Funding limits apply where stated. For more information please download Council's Community Donations Guidelines.

To be eligible for funding in any category, groups/organisations must:

  • Be a not-for-profit community group/organisation based in or servicing the Gladstone Region;
  • To have access to funds generated internally from permanently licensed premises or onsite gaming machines; and
  • Not be the subject of any outstanding matters of concern before Council.

Note: If your organisation does not have an account with Gladstone Regional Council and your application for funding assistance is successful you will need to complete a New Vendor Form to claim your donation. This form can be obtained via email or phone (07) 4970 0700.

All applications must be made on the appropriate forms (if applicable) or in writing, addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Regional Council, PO Box 29, Gladstone DC Qld 4680. If you have any enquiries about this program please contact Janine Sorrensen on email or phone (07) 4976 6351.

Other Funding Opportunities

If your project is not eligible for assistance under a Council program, officers will be able to help you identify other possible sources of assistance. For further information on other funding opportunities visit

Supporting Regional Arts Development

Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund: Applications Close March 30 and September 30 each year.  Visit for more details.

In partnership with Arts Queensland the Gladstone Regional Council administers the RADF, giving local artists and organisations opportunities for employment, professional development and a chance to practice their art.

Individuals, groups or local councils may apply for funding to support one-off, short-term projects that offer professional arts, culture and heritage opportunities. Funding rounds close at the end of March and September each year. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a joint Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

For further information please contact RADF Liaison Officer Di Paddick on (07) 4976 6766, email or visit

Supporting Major Events

Council has established a Major Events Advisory Panel (MEAP) to provide advice and funding recommendations regarding the development of major events in the Gladstone Region. MEAP aims to grow the number of major events in the region, maximise the economic and tourism impact of such events and provide a coherent framework for the attraction and support of major events to the area.

MEAP applications have two rounds of funding each year. Round 1 closes on January 31 each year and covers events to be held between July 1 and December 31 of that year. The second round of funding closes on 31st July and covers events to be held between January 1, 2016 and June 30 of the following year. More information and application form