Is there a deadline for applications?
There is no standard state-wide closing date for ClubGRANTS Category 1 or 2 funding.

Category 1 funding is allocated on the basis of local government areas, and Local Committees set their own deadlines, which vary from area to area. Opening and closing dates are available on Committee Search listings.

Clubs allocate Category 2 funding and while some clubs set deadlines, most accept and consider Category 2 applications year-round. Category 2 applicants should contact the individual clubs for more information.

I work for an organisation based in another state. Can I apply?

ClubGRANTS funding provides community support at a local level. Interstate projects are allowed as Category 1 funding only in the cases of:

  • services to disaster victims in other Australian states or territories (conditions apply; please consult the ClubGRANTS Guidelines)

Local activities in border areas. For example, a facility located on the Gold Coast that I am based in a council area that is not listed on Committee Search. Can I still apply?

Applicants in areas without ClubGRANTS clubs have two options:

  1. You may wish to apply for general funding (ie, not under ClubGRANTS) from registered clubs in your area, OR
  2. You may be eligible for ClubGRANTS funding if your project delivers benefits on a regional rather than local basis. This means you can apply to a neighbouring Local Committee or Club for funding if your project or service benefits people in that area.

Please note that the ClubGRANTS scheme is focused on supporting community organisations and activities within a clubs local area. Although applicants from outside ClubGRANTS council areas can apply under the Guidelines, preference is typically given to local applicants.

Why does the Application Form ask whether applying organisations are non-profit and incorporated?
This is to prevent for-profit organisations from applying. The ClubGRANTS scheme does not support private enterprise.

The question of whether an organisation is incorporated or not is to ensure that funding recipients can be accountable for monies received. If an unincorporated organisation wishes to apply for funding, the applicant may form a link with an incorporated organisation such as a local Council or a larger community group that is able to endorse or auspice the application, i.e. assume legal and financial responsibility for the grant.

How much funding can I apply for?
Due in part to the different sizes of ClubGRANTS eligible clubs, there is no standard limit on the amount clubs may provide. However, it is advisable for applicants to contact the Local Committee and consider the amount of funding available in their area. Local Committees and clubs are also in a position to advise on any area-specific limits on funding amounts.

Does ClubGRANTS funding have to be for a project?
Not necessarily. Eligible expenditure can take many forms, including (but not limited to):

  • one-off funding to buy equipment, such as a vehicle for an aged care centre;
  • extended or one-off staffing costs, such as training or wages for a new counsellor for a youth drop-in centre; and/ or
  • in-kind support, such as occasional or ongoing use of club facilities for meetings or other activities.

However, it is important that funding be assigned to a specific purpose. General, non-specific allocations are not appropriate, and applicants need to identify how any funding sought under ClubGRANTS will be expended.

We receive some Government funding. Does this mean we can't apply?
The Guidelines state that as a general rule, it is important that funding preference is not given to projects or services that can be readily assisted by an existing Government funding program.  This is meant to prevent funding of core Federal, State or Local Government responsibilities, but does not rule out funding of other programs or services with some Government involvement. For example, a project that has received a one-off grant or is only partially supported by Government funding would generally be allowable.

Schools are generally ineligible for ClubGRANTS Category 1 funding, being core budget items for State Government. However, some activities could qualify as Category 1 expenditure, for example a P & F committee running an extracurricular service that assists disadvantaged students, or an out-of-hours program for troubled students. This is because these activities go above and beyond normal State Government school funding responsibilities.

Is funding for hospitals and medical research allowed under Category 1?
Funding for buildings and equipment for in-patient care may be recognised as Category 1 expenditure in certain limited circumstances, so long as the expenditure is identified by the ClubGRANTS Local Committee to be of very considerable potential importance and value to the local community. Otherwise such grants will only be recognised as Category 2 expenditure.

Funding for medical research is not eligible as Category 1 expenditure. Grants not endorsed by the Committee will only be recognised as Category 2 expenditure.