Page menu

COVID-19 Recovery Package – For Community Groups

As part of the COVID-19 Recovery Package, Council is supporting local community and sporting groups with a $1 million Community Infrastructure Grants Program and $300,000 Community Hardship & Assistance Grants Program

View the Fact Sheet or read the FAQs

Community Hardship & Assistance Grants Program

The Community Hardship & Assistance Grants Program includes $300,000 in funding to provide ‘quick response’ financial assistance to eligible community organisations that are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

 Eligible groups will be able to apply for financial grants of up to $10,000 with applications opening on 1 June, 2020.  Applications for this program will be open for 12 months. Council will notify applicants of the outcome within 10 business days of having received a completed application.  

Find out more

Community Infrastructure Grants Program

Council has dedicated $1 million to the Community Infrastructure Grants Program in order to fund infrastructure or capital works for not-for-profit community groups and sporting organisations. This will allow Council to assist in funding new infrastructure for these groups by a 50/50 split – meaning if your not-for-profit community group or sporting group is looking to construct a new building Council will assist by funding half of the costs.

Eligible groups are able to apply for a grant of up to $200,000 as part of the 50/50 funding partnership with Council to upgrade or build new facilities or associated infrastructure.

Applications open on 1 June, 2020 and close on 30 September, 2020 with all projects required to be completed by the end of 2021. 

Find out more

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do these programs differ?

The Community Infrastructure Grants Program supports not for profit community and sporting groups seeking to improve or upgrade their facilities.

The Community Organisation Hardship and Assistance Grants Program provides financial assistance to eligible community groups significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

How do I apply?

Eligible groups can after applications open 1 June 2020 through Council’s Online Grants Portal or for further information visit our Grants and Funding webpage. Our friendly Customer Contact Centre can assist you further if you call 1300 268 624. Applications open 1 June 2020 and close on 30 September 2020.

When will I find out if my application is successful?

Council will notify applicants of the outcome of their application.

Other Council Support Services for Community Groups

Grants and Funding opportunities:

Western Downs Regional Council is committed to supporting not-for-profit community organisations through a series of grant programs and funding opportunities which are offered throughout the year. For information about current grant and funding opportunities for community groups, visit our Grants and Funding page.


Help people find your organisation with My Community Directory:

My Community Directory is a service supported by Council which allows community groups to list themselves on a national directory of organisations and service providers allowing residents and visitors to search for relevant groups in their area. Registering your club or organisation is free, visit to register.



Western Downs Invites You

Promote your community initiatives and upcoming events with Western Downs Invites You:

Western Downs Invites You‘ is a Council Facebook Page which assists community groups and organisations in promoting their community events widely across the Western Downs. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on events and initiatives throughout the region. Message us to find out how we can help you promote your organisation, initiative or event.


For more information:

Contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624).

Covid-19 Recovery Package: For Business | For Residents | For Community Groups | Our Projects

Information last updated: 6pm 27 April 2020