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Grants & Funding 


Community Grants 

Community Grant Program


Black dog ride Australia’s community-based funding model focuses on Supporting Mental health projects in the community and are in line with the Objectives of Black Dog Ride Australia including the mission statement as a health promotion charity is to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention and associated mental health conditions.

Black Dog Ride Australia activities achieve this mission with hundreds of activities each year engaging thousands of Australians, each starting community conversations around depression and suicide, which encourages help seeking behaviour and ultimately Promotes the prevention of suicide and raises the community awareness of Mental Health issues.

Community Grants Program

The aim of the Community Grants Program is to provide opportunities for communities to build resilience and awareness of mental health issues in local areas, also build relationships and partnerships with the local Black Dog ride community groups to support shared outcomes.

 Identify and respond to local issues, concerns and priorities that link with Black dog ride Australia priorities

Build community capacity and empower the community to take a preventive and supportive approach to reduce mental health risks and improving quality of life.

 Increase the community awareness and understanding of the impact of mental health concerns that affect the local community.

 To allocate funding to eligible not for profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, activities and opportunities in the local area.

       further information and application form e-mail office@blackdogride.org.au or qld@blackdogride.org.au





Through the program RACQ Foundation gives community groups, charities and sporting clubs the opportunity to rebuild after cyclones, severe storms, bushfires and drought. The amount is not stated, but previous recipients have received up to $20,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Community based groups

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Tackling Tough Times Together – Tier 1 and 2 

The program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Two tiers of grants are available: up to $20,000; up to $60,000.
Projects must clearly demonstrate a focus on at least one activity areas:
• Building community resilience
• Developing organisational resilience and capacity
• Enhancing environmental sustainability
• Fostering cultural vibrancy
• Lifelong learning and education
• Economic strength
• Improving community health and social wellbeing
ELIGIBILITY: Community based groups; Incorporated; Not-for-profit; ABN; Other


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Strengthening Rural Communities Grants

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. It is for projects that support communities in remote or very remote Australia or throughout Victoria for specific project focus areas.

ELIGIBILITY: Community based groups

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Better Future Grants

The Queensland Mental Health Commission provides Better Futures grants of up to $200,000 (excluding GST) for innovative initiatives that improve the mental health and wellbeing, and social inclusion of Queenslanders with a lived experience of mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use, or those impacted by suicide.

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Community Benefit Fund – Gambling Community Benefit Fund 

There are a number of Queensland Government grants available including the Community benefit fund for grants from $500 to $35,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). This fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $53 million per year to Queensland communities.

Funding Rounds;

  • 28 February
  • 30 April
  • 30 June
  • 31 August
  • 31 October.

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WorkUP – Collaborative Workforce Grants

A new grant program has been launched by WorkUP with the aim to support the development of staff and organisation capacity in responce to the challenges of service delivery. 


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Funding for Community-led projects

There is funding for community-led projects delivered across Queensland, bringing together local communities to celebrate and share what they love about Queensland. More information on these grants and other avenues to apply for grant funding can be found at the Queensland Government grants website.


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Drought Assistance Schemes

The Queensland Government and Australian Government offer programs to help farm families, farm businesses and farm communities affected by drought. Information on the range of drought subsidy schemes can be found below; 

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Covid Recovery Assistance Grant

Funding amounts available:

High Impact Medium Impact Low Impact
< $250,000 annual turnover Up to $5,000 Up to $2000 Up to $1000
$251,000 annual turnover Up to $2,000 Up to $1000 $0
$601,000 – $959,000 annual turnover Up to $1,000 $0.00 $0.00
  • High Impact – The organisation has been significantly affected by the pandemic. This includes organisations that have had to close for an extended period of time and have had a significant loss of income.
  • Medium Impact – The organisation has been moderately affected by the pandemic. This includes organisations that have been able to function in some capacity, but not to full potential, and has a moderate loss of income.
  • Low Impact – The organisation has been slightly affected by the pandemic. This includes organisations that have been able to continue operating as per normal but has received lower business as a result of the government’s restrictions on people’s movements, and has experienced minimal loss of income.

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Queensland Mental Health Commission – Sponsorship

This program seeks to support community awareness events, enhance knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) are available.

The closing dates each year are 28 February, 31 May, 31 August and 30 November.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
– Be an incorporated body (including statutory authorities and companies).
– Not a political or religious organisation.
– Not accept any form of funding from tobacco and alcohol companies or their related foundations either directly or indirectly.
– Not a State, Territory or Australian government agency.

Eligible Activities

Eligible events, conferences and other activities include those that:
– Support outcomes under Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2018-2023.
– Encourage and contribute to knowledge sharing and exchange about what works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.


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Suicide Prevention Australia – Special Innovation Research Grants

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include researchers at all stages of their career. In addition:
– Grants must be administered by recognised Administering Institution which may be based in any State or Territory.
– The team must include a Chief Investigator who is based in a recognised Administering Institution.
– Research teams should include membership from service organisations, and or people with lived experience as appropriate to the project.
– Individuals can only be listed as a team member on one grant application in this round of funding.
– Only applicants undertaking research related to suicide and its prevention will be considered for these grants.

Only those Institutions listed by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as Administering Institutions are eligible to participate in this scheme. 


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Community Organisations and Volunteering Grants

Community-led projects that are delivered across Queensland grants and other avenues which are available. 

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Queensland Government Grant Finder

Locate Queensland Government Grants, along with assistance programs that could be helpful to you.

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QLD Australia 4740