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Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland

Current Grants Opportunities

COVID-19 Small Business Grants – Apply Now

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants – The Queensland Government has announced that $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown (commenced Saturday 31 July 2021) and lockdowns in other states.

The Queensland Government recognises the short interval between lockdowns in South East Queensland and the unique circumstances faced by regional economies that are impacted by multiple border closures. These $5,000 grants will provide cash flow support for businesses to help them adapt to evolving circumstances.

Support payments will also be provided to affected large tourism and hospitality businesses within the lockdown areas.

The 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants will provide grants of $5,000 (excluding GST) to:

  • employing small and medium businesses across Queensland that are impacted by the current SEQ lockdown; and
  • large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors operating in the 11 local government areas in lockdown.

Businesses must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of the lockdown to be eligible as well as meeting other eligibility criteria.

Small and medium businesses are defined as businesses that have a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum and have an annual payroll in Queensland of up to $10 million.

Applications for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants opened at 12pm (midday), 16 August and will close on 16 November 2021

Community Gambling Benefit Fund

Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 111 is now open and will close midnight 31 August 2021.

The objective of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is to allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to help them provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.  The GCBF has multiple funding rounds each year with funding limits between $500 and $35,000.

Brisbane City Council – Lord Mayors Better Suburbs Grants

The Lord Mayor’s Better Suburbs Grants program supports not-for-profit community organisations to deliver projects and activities across the city and to maintain, improve and develop community facilities.  The program comprises two categories.

Community Support Category

The Community Support Category provides funding to support projects that respond to local community needs, improve community facilities and build organisational capacity. Applications are open year-round to maximise flexibility and responsiveness. Applications will remain open until all funds are expended.

Community Facility Category

The Community Facility Category provides funding to improve, develop and maintain community facilities, with preference provided to Council community-leased facilities. Funding is available for both the planning and design, and construction, phases of projects. Applications are open year-round and will be assessed twice each year.

Funding Round Dates

  • Applications open on 30 August 2021.
  • The Community Support Category will remain open until all available funding is expended.
  • The Community Facility Category will have two round closing dates on 1 November 2021 and 21 February 2022

Fair Play Voucher

Fair Play Vouchers are a Queensland Government initiative where parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration fees with registered activity providers.

There is a limit of 1 voucher per child per calendar year.

Round 5 is now open and close on 29 September 2021 (or earlier if fully allocated).

Queensland Government – Back To Work Program

The Queensland Government has announced up to $140 million over four years for a revitalised Back to Work program. Back to Work provides eligible businesses with the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment and helps workers facing disadvantages in the labour market.

For Employers

Support payments of up to $20,000 are available for eligible employers who hire eligible unemployed jobseekers.

For Jobseekers

Back to Work offers support for job seekers who need or want to update their skills to gain, change or retain employment. The revitalised Back to Work program is now available. Employers may still make an application under the current Back to Work program if they employed their eligible employee up to and including 30 June 2021.

Assistance and Support for Organisations and Clubs


We aim to make it easier to run local fitness, sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance provides free one-on-one advice on how to apply for and win grants, free access to club management templates and tools, fact sheets, videos, legal information, advice on staffing and volunteer matters and subsidised Strategic and Business Planning audits and workshops.

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