Burke Shire Council

Grant and Funding Opportunities Grant and Funding Opportunities

How a grant helps your project or event

One way to make your event or project successful and sustainable is to apply for funding through a grant. There are many types of grants, including  government and philanthropic (private).

Some common grants

Organisation / Source Weblink
Queensland Government www.qld.gov.au
Australian Government Grant Finder www.business.gov.au/assistance
Philanthropy Australia (Director of funders) http://www.philanthropy.org.au/seek-funding/
RDA FNQ & TS http://www.rdafnqts.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=151:grants-open&Itemid=396
Australia Council for the Arts www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding


You can also contact the office of your State and Federal MP to ask for advice on potential funding sources and opportunities. These offices frequently distribute grant information to their electorates. Ask to be added to their email distribution list.


  1. Develop a 'wish list' so that you know what your needs are before you look for a suitable grant.
  2. Continually monitor grant opportunities.
  3. Read the grant's terms and conditions to find out if it is suitable for you.
  4. Determine if a financial contribution is required by the applicant and whether or not you have the capacity to do so.
  5. Develop and submit the application with the following in mind:
    • Make contact with the appropriate person in the funding body before you submit your application (having a direct contact is invaluable)
    • Keep a copy of the information you provide in your application. This is a record for you and will also be potentially useful for future applications.
    • Ask someone who is not assocatied with the grant application to read it as a fresh pair of eyes. Ask them to look for grammatical or spelling errors.
    • Ensure that your application is lodged in the required timeframe. Do not leave until the last minute as technical issues and other problems may cause delays.This may affect the success of your application.
  6. If you are successful, make sure you follow the terms and conditions of the grant (including acquittal).
  7. If you are unsuccessful, do not be disheartened. Ask the funding body for feedback about your grant application, as this will help with future applications.

Useful data sources to help with your application

Organisation Weblink
Australian Bureau of Statistics www.abs.gov.au
Queensland Government Statistician's Office http://www.qgso.qld.gov.au/
Profile.id www.profile.id.com.au
Tourism Tropical North Queensland www.ttnq.org.au

More advice

The Burke Shire's administration team  is happy to assist with advice on applying for grants. Contact the Council on (07) 4745 5100 Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm or email office@burke.qld.gov.au.