Grants Information

Grants Information

Powering Communities Program - Expressions of Interest

Wide Bay community groups can now apply for grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 as part of a new Coalition Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions.

Expressions of interest are now open for the Powering Communities Program, which will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in Wide Bay, with no co-contribution required. 

The grants can be used for electricity-saving measures such as installing solar panels or a battery, upgrading air conditioners, replacing a hot water system or refrigerator with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs or conducting an energy audit.

Expressions of Interest must be returned to Mr O’Brien’s office by 5pm on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Expressions of Interest will be assessed by a committee, and selected EOIs will then proceed to the formal application stage.

The formal application stage for nominated EOIs will open on 1 July and close on 20 September 2021.

Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available at or by telephone on 13 28 46. 

If you require assistance with the form, please call the office on 07 4121 2936.

Volunteer Grants Program - Expressions of Interest

Grants of between $1000 and $5000 are now available to help Wide Bay community organisations to support their volunteers.

The grants can be used to buy small equipment for volunteers, to reimburse volunteer fuel, transport, or training costs, or to assist with fundraising. Grants can also be used to promote awareness or increase participation in volunteering.

Please download and fill out the expression of interest form below. Expressions of interest close 5pm Friday, April 16, 2021.

A total of $132,450 is available throughout Wide Bay. Organisations must:

  • be an Australian not-for-profit
  • be a legal entity
  • be staffed by at least 40% volunteers
  • have an ABN
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution in the name of the organisation applying
  • be based within the electorate of Wide Bay. You can check this on the AEC website.

Once EOIs have closed, they will be assessed by a committee and selected EOIs will then proceed to the formal application stage.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) Community Grants Hub will send an application form to nominated organisations to apply for funding between 20 May and 9 June 2021, with successful applicants expected to be announced in November 2021.

For more information and guidelines, please click here to visit the Australian Government Community Grants Hub.

If you require assistance with the form, please call the office on 07 4121 2936.

Stronger Communities Fund - EOIs now closed

Round 6 of the Stronger Communities Fund will support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a unique opportunity for local organisations to apply for funding for projects that will improve social participation and build stronger, more vibrant communities within Wide Bay.

The minimum grant amount is $2,500, and the maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Expressions of Interest for the Stronger Communities Programme Round 6 (SCP Rd 6) closed on Monday 15 February.

A local committee will assess the expressions of interest and then invited applicants will proceed to the formal application stage which must be completed and lodged by 22 March 2021.

Grants Information

A range of Federal Government grants are available to organisations in the electorate of Wide Bay, covering a wide variety of needs and community interests.

Some popular programs include:

To receive notification when a new grant round opens for Wide Bay groups or individuals, please sign up to my grants advice mailing list.  Or you can use the form below to let me know what your organisation needs, and one of my staff will be in touch to discuss possible funding opportunities.

The GrantConnect website also has a comprehensive list of opportunities, and Is updated regularly. Should further capital or infrastructure funding opportunities become available, information can be found on there.

If you would like to receive email alerts when new Federal grants are released in Wide Bay, please submit your details below.

Request a Letter of Support or Grants Reference

If you are applying for a grant and would like a Letter of Support, please fill out the form below, giving as much notice as possible to ensure your letter is produced in time.

Referee requests for Community Gambling Benefit Fund grants can also be made below. Letters of Support or written references from Mr O’Brien are not required for Community Gambling Benefit Fund applications as they are conducted by telephone.