Community Support Funding Program Guidelines | Brisbane City Council

Community Support Funding Program Guidelines

These are the guidelines for the Community Support Funding Program.

Applications for this grant are now open and will close at midnight on Monday 27 August 2018.

Learn about the Community Support Funding Program:

Introduction

The purpose of the Community Support Funding Program is to offer financial assistance to:

  • community groups providing a community service, activity or facility for the benefit of the residents of Brisbane and whose ability to do this is hampered by financial hardship; or
  • providers of affordable housing in Brisbane - assisting people on low incomes to obtain reasonably priced rental residential accommodation.

Eligible applications

Community organisations and not-for-profit housing providers 

Applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • are an incorporated body with not-for-profit objectives
  • paid General Rates to Brisbane City Council in the previous financial year
  • increase access to social goods and services in Brisbane.

Preference will be given to groups that have less than $50,000 as operational surplus, excluding funds from the sale of assets.

Ineligible applicants include:

  • gaming machine licensed organisations
  • lessees of Brisbane City Council
  • kindergarten and Child Care organisations
  • properties that already receive General Rates rebates (including through the Partial Rates Remission Scheme).

Commercial providers of Affordable Housing

Applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • operate a registered service in the Brisbane City Council area
  • have been operating as a registered service since 1 July 2015
  • paid General Rates to Brisbane City Council in the previous financial year, and are either:
    • a boarding house or supported accommodation facility registered with the Department of Housing and Public Works as a 'Residential Service' pursuant to the Residential Services (Accreditation) Act Qld 2002; or
    • a Caravan Park and/or Relocatable Home Park holding a 'Residential Park Permit' from Brisbane City Council and are operating in compliance with Local Law 2000 (Caravan Parks and Relocatable Homes).

Ineligible applicants include:

  • Aged Care rental accommodation facilities
  • an aged care service conducted by an approved provider under the Aged Care Act 1997 (Commonwealth)
  • a service that mainly provides accommodation to students or employees of an institution
  • a service conducted mainly to provide accommodation to holiday makers, tourists and travellers.

Funding available

Successful applicants are funded for a certain percentage of their annual General Rates paid in the previous financial year. The actual percentage received is dependent upon the demands on the program.

Community organisations and not-for-profit housing organisations

Successful organisations and clubs with a leisure and lifestyle focus may receive up to a maximum of 25% of their General Rates. Successful organisations with a community services focus may receive up to a maximum of 50% of their annual General Rates.

Other providers of Affordable Housing

Successful affordable housing providers may receive up to a maximum of 50% of their annual General Rates.

Council reserves the right, without notice and at any time in its sole direction to amend, vary, suspend or discontinue the rebate, eligibility criteria and payment of the rebate.

Financial arrangements

Payments

The rebate is calculated over the full 12 month period and will be credited in the first rate account following notification of the assessment outcomes. This will most likely occur as a credit against the March/April Rates Account.

Application process

A table detailing sources of funding is required to support your application. Before you apply, it is highly recommended you review a table example, to assist you with developing your funding table.

All applications are to be submitted online.

The online application system will allow you to save, develop and print out applications before you choose to submit them. Support material can also be attached to your online application.

Enquiries

Further information is available by contacting Council, where you will be put in contact with a relevant Council officer.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, please contact us through the National Relay Service:

  • TTY users phone 133 677 and then ask for 07 3403 8888
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 and then ask for 07 3403 8888
  • internet relay users connect to the NRS (www.relayservice.com.au) and then ask for 07 3403 8888.

If you require this information in other languages, please phone the Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask to be connected to Council on 07 3403 8888.

09 July 2018