Community economic development grant program

We have grants of up to $5,000 available to local community organisations who deliver programs and projects that benefit local businesses and the broader community. The program has been developed to help achieve the community’s vision for a 'dynamic and diverse economy creating industry development and employment opportunities'.

The opportunity to apply for grants will be available twice annually:

Opening date Closing date Notification to applicants
1 January 2020*  3 February 2020* March
1 July 2020 1 August 2020 September

* Please note changed dates for Round 2 - 2019/20 Community Support Grant program 

Who can and can't apply

Organisations can apply for a community economic development grant if they:

Who can't apply:

Eligible and ineligible projects

It is mandatory that projects help to achieve the objectives of the Toowoomba Region Economic Development Strategy and Community Growth Action Plans.

Eligible projects will:

Funding for the continuation of existing projects will be considered, however, preference will be given to new or unique projects that have not been delivered in the past.

Ineligible projects:

Community Economic Development Grants will not fund:

Assessment process and criteria

Community economic development grant applications will be considered against the program philosophy, objectives and outcomes, eligibility criteria and selection criteria. Grants are highly competitive and as such not all applications that meet the criteria will be successful.

Final approval and the level of support will depend on the availability of funds, the number of applications received in the financial year, program priorities and geographical equity. We may give a lower amount than requested, and may place terms and conditions on which items may be funded by the grant. Where the support requested is to add to other funding, an interim acknowledgement letter of support may be provided, to be confirmed when and if the other funding is approved.

Grants are assessed by panels that include Council staff and Councillors.


How to apply for a grant

  1. Read the Community economic development grant program guidelines to check you are eligible.
  2. If eligible, complete the PDF form.

PDF form process

  1. Fill in the Grants - Community grants application form (for print). PDF applications can be lodged by the following methods:
    • Email to: (must be submitted before 5pm on the closing date and must be followed up with a hard copy of the cover and signature pages).
    • Post: Toowoomba Regional Council, Community Grants Scheme, PO Box 3021, Toowoomba Qld 4350 (must be postmarked before 5pm on the closing date).
    • Deliver to: any Toowoomba Regional Council Customer Service Centre (before 5pm on the closing date).
    • Fax to: 4631 9292 (before 5pm on the closing date and must be followed up with a hard copy of the cover and signature pages).

Help with the application process is available by contacting our Economic Development team on 131 872.


Related information

Community grants funding agreement (to be used after confirmation of grant funding)

Community grants acquittal form (to be submitted after the project completion)

2.59 Community Grants Policy

Community Growth Action Plans

Toowoomba Region Economic Development Strategy

Online statistical tool (providing information on the Toowoomba region's population and economic breakdown)

Last Updated: Thursday, 07 November 2019 11:33