North Queensland Grants Hub

NQ Dry Tropics is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the Burdekin Dry Tropics Community to sustainably manage its land and water. Many individuals and community groups rely heavily on grants funding to undertake this work. There are a range of available funding opportunities in our region, and in the table below we have compiled a list of grants provided by NQ Dry Tropics and other organisations, including government departments and private companies, that may assist your group. This page will be updated regularly with new opportunities as they are announced, so please come back and visit – and spread the word within your communities.

How to Apply for a Grant:

  1. Search for grants relevant to you using the table below.  Click on the links to find out additional information about the grant.
  2. Make sure you are eligible for the grant.  Do you meet all the requirements outlined by the funding body?
  3. If the application form isn’t available online, contact the relevant organisation to obtain a copy and register your interest.
  4. Fill out all of the sections of the grant. Remember to attach all supporting documents, such as letters of access or insurance. Sometimes a grant application will ask you whether your project is going to meet any priorities from the regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plan. The NRM Plan is a good place to gather information on the current situation of natural resources in our region. It outlines the major issues and why they are important, which could be helpful background information for you when preparing your grant application.
  5. If you don’t receive a notification of receipt following your grant submission, follow up with the grant administrator to ensure they have received it. You should find a phone number or email address in the grant application form or guidelines.
  6. NQ Dry Tropics may be able to assist you with applying for a grant. Contact us on with any questions.

Grant-Writing Tips

  • Read the grant guidelines and follow them precisely. Most grant applications have a word limit for each section, and it is important that you stick to these word limits otherwise your application may not be considered.
  • With online grant forms, we suggest writing your application in a Word document first, then copying and pasting it into the application form. Sometimes it can be hard to make changes to an online grant form once you’ve entered your information, and there are horror stories of people losing all of the information they’ve typed in an application form because something unexpectedly went wrong with the Internet!
  • If you are not an incorporated business but would like to apply for a grant, ask the grant administrator about their auspicing policy, where an incorporated business can apply for a grant on behalf of an individual. Auspicing is when an incorporated business receives the grant funds and then passes it on to the group that is not incorporated, but will be doing the work. The unincorporated group is still responsible for doing all of the work on time and within budget, and keeping all of the necessary records, and ideally would write the final grant report as well. The incorporated body will submit the report to the funding body, as it is legally held responsible if the works aren’t completed.
  • Provide evidence for claims, such as photos, ledgers, maps.
  • Be clear and succinct. It always helps to get someone who is not involved with your group to proofread your application – if they find your writing a bit difficult to read, then chances are that the person who is assessing your application will too!
  • Remember that you may know your work inside out, but the person at the funding body who will be reading your application doesn’t! Get to the important information very quickly, by making sure you tell them the following very clearly in your application:
    • WHAT the ‘problem’ is that your project is trying to address
    • WHY it’s a problem
    • HOW exactly your project will address the problem
    • What difference your project will make to the current situation.
  • Funding bodies also like to see that you’ve thought about the following:
    • What’s already been done to address the problem, or what’s already happening in the area that you might be able to build on for greater benefits?
    • How you are going to measure the success of your project?  NQ Dry Tropics can give you some advice here if needed.
  • If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask the grant administrator.
  • And finally, good luck!

Current available grants

To use this web-based spreadsheet, simply click “Funds Available For” column.  You can click any other column title to sort the grants by that column.  To obtain more information about that grant, click the green plus button to show a hyperlink that will show you how to apply for the grant.

Funds Available For:
Grant Title
Granting Organisation
Funding Amount
Grant Open Date
Grant Close Date
Grant Description
For More Details:
GraziersReef Water Quality GrantNQ Dry Tropics$27,000.001-Jan-201731-May-2018A combination of technical support/training and funding is available to implement best management practices. Plans must demonstrate a clear water quality improvement outcome through reduced sediment leaving the property
GraziersDrought Relief Assistance SchemeQueensland Government$40,000.001-Jan-201731-Dec-2017DRAS helps primary producers in the livestock industry who are in drought-declared areas or who have individually droughted property (IDP) declarations.
Community GroupsHamer Family Fund GrantsHamer Family Fund$10,000.001-Jan-20171-Jan-2018Innovation in care for the environment
Community GroupsThe Mullum Trust GrantsThe Mullum Trust1-Jan-20171-Jan-2018Significant ongoing or catalytic environmental outcomes
Community GroupsPurves Environmental Fund GrantsPurves Environmental Fund1-Jan-20171-Jan-2018Our current focus areas are:
Plastic pollution
Biodiversity species loss
Water resource management of the Murray Darling Basin
Broad-scale landclearing
Renewable energy and climate change advocacy
Community GroupsGambling Community Benefit FundGambling Community Benefit Fund$35,000.001-Sep-201730-Nov-2017This fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $53 million per year to Queensland communities
Community GroupsOUR COMMUNITY' GRANTS SCHEMEAuswide Bank$10,000.001-Sep-20171-Dec-2017We provide grant funding for purposes that are charitable or benevolent (in other words, for public good). Your request for a grant should relate to your organisation's objectives, as outlined in your constitution or mission statement.
Community GroupsOUR COMMUNITY' GRANTS SCHEMEAuswide Bank$5,000.001-Sep-201710-Jan-2018We provide grant funding for purposes that are charitable or benevolent (in other words, for public good). Your request for a grant should relate to your organisation's objectives, as outlined in your constitution or mission statement.
Community GroupsANZ Staff Foundation GrantANZ Staff Foundation$5,000.001-Sep-201715-Jan-2018The ANZ Staff foundation provides grants to projects that foster: Education and employment, Urban and rural economic and social divides, financial capability, and urban sustainability (including revegetation programs).
OtherSmall Environmental Grant SchemeWettenhall Environment Trust$10,000.0019-Sep-201730-Nov-2017The Small Environmental Grant Scheme will provide support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.
Community GroupsSmall Environmental Grant SchemeWettenhall Environment Trust$10,000.0019-Sep-201730-Nov-2017Native flora and fauna conservation, threatened Australian mammal conservation (Australia wide), landscape restoration and education (Victoria only)
OtherSmall Grants ProgramEucalypt Australia$15,000.0014-Oct-201725-Nov-2017Research, conservation and education of eucalypts in the following areas:
a. Indigenous art and culture
b. Primary school education
c. Genetics and tree breeding
d. Public awareness
e. Climate change and fire
f. Vegetation management
g. Arts (visual, literature, performing)
h. Other threats to eucalypts as listed in our Strategic Statement
Community GroupsRegional Grant-making GrantsQueensland Community Foundation$3,000.0015-Oct-201727-Nov-2017Organisations must be Queensland based, with all grant funds going to help Queenslanders in the region of application in need of general welfare support.
ProducersNational Landcare Program:
Smart Farming Partnerships Grant
Australian Government$4,000,000.0019-Oct-201721-Dec-2017Grants will be available for experienced and skilled organisations to undertake projects to develop,
trial and implement new and innovative tools that support uptake of sustainable agriculture
practices across our agricultural, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries. These projects will allow new ideas and technologies to be shared and tested across industries and regions, which will subsequently benefit the nation.
ProducersNational Landcare Program - Smart Farms Small GrantsAustralian Government$100,000.0024-Oct-20177-Dec-2017Grants will be available to support local on-ground projects across Australia that increase the knowledge and capacity of farmers and fishers and facilitate the adoption of tools, technologies and improved land management practices to effectively, sustainably and productively manage Australia’s natural resources and adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets.
Community GroupsGeneral Fund GrantsQueensland Community Foundation$30,000.0029-Jan-2018QCF’s grant making from the General Fund focuses on ORGANISATIONAL capacity building assisting charities develop their structures, systems, people and skills in order to deliver improved outcomes.
Community GroupsSUEZ Community GrantsSUEZ$15,000.0031-Jan-201819-May-2018SUEZ Community Grants program provides individual grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 each to community groups, funding social and environmental projects that contribute to a stronger community and healthier environment.
OtherEnvironment & Conservation Program GrantsThe Ian Potter Foundation$100,000.0026-Mar-201820-Apr-2018The Program considers large grants (over $100,000) within two themes:
fostering biodiversity
water and/or land management.