Economic Grants & Partnerships

A prosperous city

Townsville City Economic Grants and Partnerships provide funding and in-kind support to help deliver a strong and innovative economy for Townsville.

Economic Grants and Partnerships Priorities

To apply for a grant or partnership, your initiative will need to align to one of the following four priorities:

  • Business and Investment Attraction - Support the establishment of new operations in Townsville.
  • Innovation Incubator - Build capacity in the Townsville region to support the development of start-ups and incubator facilities.
  • Tourism and Events - Establish new tourism experiences or strengthen existing services and events to increase visitation and expenditure in the Townsville region.
  • Enliven the CBD through activation, events, and placemaking in public spaces.

We encourage any application for funding that clearly supports any of these priorities.

These priorities are part of the Townsville City Council’s Corporate Plan. Priorities will change at Council’s discretion to ensure they support future community needs. Please read the Priorities Information Sheet to help gain a better understanding.

Purpose

To deliver a strong and innovative economy for Townsville with sustainable growth and support for local jobs and businesses.

Please read the grant guidelines prior to preparing your application.

Eligibility

An applicant must be a properly constituted not-for-profit organisation, or be auspiced by such an organisation.

  • You must reside and/or primarily provide services within the Townsville Local Government Area (LGA), or be able to demonstrate that the initiative is in the public interest of residents of the Townsville LGA.
  • You must be free of debt to Townsville City Council.
  • You must have successfully acquitted any previous grants from Townsville City Council.
  • You must hold current Public Liability Insurance to the value of $20,000,000 per claim.

COVID-19 Safe Plan

All applicants must ensure that their submission is in line with the current State and Federal guidelines and restrictions for COVID-19, or those predicted for the time of their event.

Eligibility of initiatives will be determined by the timeframes and predicted conditions from the most updated RoadMap to easing of restrictions. This can be found here: Roadmap to Easing Queensland Restrictions

Initiatives and funding may be subject to change or cancellation if the restrictions are altered once an application is deemed eligible or approved.

Applicants are also required to complete and submit a COVID Safe Plan as part of the eligibility checks for their initiative. These must be  in line with current State and Federal advice. Information about these plans can be found here: Approved Industry Covid Safe Plans.

If you require any support in understanding and preparing a COVID Safe Plan, please contact the Grants and Partnerships Team for more information.

In-Kind Support

In-kind support refers to the waiver of hire fees for Council owned facilities.  If you are seeking any such support, it is important to check venue availability and to obtain a quote before proceeding with the application as this information will be required in the application form. To obtain your fee waiver quote contact the Venues Team directly via email - venues@townsville.qld.gov.au or call 13 48 10. The fee waiver amount must then be included in your total initiative cost in the budget.

How to Apply

Please read the grant guidelines prior to preparing your application.

Apply Now

The online application system allows you to save, develop and print out your application before you submit it.

For more information please phone Council Grants and Partnerships Team on 13 48 10 or email communitygrants@townsville.qld.gov.au

Assessment Timeframes

Applications will be checked for eligibility then assessed by Subject Matter Experts from within Council. For applications seeking over $5,000, recommendations for funding will be presented to Full Council for approval.

Grants $5,000 and under:

  • Apply at any time.
  • Once an application is lodged and is deemed eligible and complete by Council, the assessment time period of 4 weeks will commence.
  • Please note that the initiative you are seeking support for must not commence sooner than 2 weeks after the stated assessment timeframe.

Grants $5,001 - $25,000:

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on 31 August 2020, 20 October 2020, 31 January 2021 and 25 April 2021.
    (Please Note: These dates may change at Councils discretion.)
  • Your application will be assessed within 8 weeks of the closing dates listed above.
  • Please note that the initiative you are seeking support for must not commence sooner than 2 weeks after the stated assessment timeframe.

Partnerships $25,001 - $50,000:

  • Apply at any time.
  • Once an application is lodged and is deemed eligible and complete by Council, the assessment time period of 8 weeks will commence.
  • Please note that the initiative you are seeking support for must not commence sooner than 2 weeks after the stated assessment timeframe

Acquittals

Successful applicants will be required to submit an Acquittal within 28 days of the completion of their initiative, unless otherwise stated. Acquittals must be completed using their logon/account for the SmartyGrants portal.

For more information on what is required from an Acquittal, please read the Acquittal  Information Sheet .

Grants and Partnerships Awarded

If you would like information regarding Community Grants and Partnerships that have been awarded since 01/02/19 this can now be accessed on Townsville Dashboards under Your Council using the Community Grants and Partnerships tab.

You can also access the more detailed dataset in the Open Data Portal.

If you have any questions in reference to this information please contact the Community Grants Team on 13 48 10 or email our Community Grants team.

Acknowledgment Requirements

Council funds local non-profit community groups and initiatives through our Community Grants Program. When a group receives a grant from us, they agree to acknowledge council's contribution on materials produced to support their project. This acknowledgement, depending on the amount of funding received, may include logo presence on supporting publications, displays or signage.

Where possible the full colour logo should be used. If the collateral has a background other than white or is only produced in black and white then the mono version should be used.

Please download the Giving Support Logo Guide (PDF) for more detailed information on sizing, spacing and specific funding acknowledgements.

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