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Community Grants Program Management Guide

Councils across Queensland help support valuable community projects with grants programs to community organisations. This important assistance supports activities which provide opportunities for residents to access and participate in a wide range of recreational, cultural, environmental, community and economic development projects and activities.

This community grants program management guide has been developed to provide a practical and usable resource to assist Queensland councils develop and deliver community grants programs. This guide is not intended to be exhaustive or prescriptive, but to provide a set of recommended approaches to help achieve effective community grants program outcomes. The key aims of this guide are to help councils develop and deliver community grants programs which:

  • comply with better practice principles
  • achieve policy and process design proportional to the scale and risk profile of programs
  • standardise, systemise and align processes and forms for efficiency
  • apply a systems approach to program development
  • comply with the requirements of the Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld).

This guide is based on QRIDA’s grants lifecycle model which includes the activities required to run a grants program from initiation through to closure and evaluation.

Put your grant program to the test

See how your grant program stacks up with our free Grant Program Check-up available to Queensland local government authorities. We’re experts in grant program design and delivery – we know what works and will improve your grant administration processes across the program lifecycle.

Our Grant Program Check-up reviews your program against relevant best practice including:

  • program design
  • application assessments
  • decision making
  • contract management and evaluation

We'll also provide a brief report on outcomes and potential areas for improvement. This service is delivered at no cost.

View our Grant Program Review flyer to help you put your program to the test.

If you’d like to know more about our grant program check up service, please call and ask to speak to our Business Development and Policy team on Freecall 1800 623 946 or email us at

Community Grants Program Management Guide

Community grants program management guide

Last updated
29 November 2019