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The new Grants to Local Government Model is a simple, adaptable and coordinated model making it easier for councils to apply for grants, deliver projects and report on progress. The model means councils can focus on delivering important infrastructure, boosting jobs and increasing liveability for their communities.

The model was developed in consultation with councils and key stakeholders to support state government priorities and objectives and respond to local government strategies and needs. It allows flexibility to reflect the vastness of Queensland and the diversity of our 77 councils. Read more about the grants review project background and consultation.

Local Government grant programs

A single web landing page for grants to local government has been developed where programs with similar outcomes will be grouped to reduce overlap and duplication and reduce the number of State agencies administering grants.


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What are the key benefits for local governments?

  • A single web page for grants to local government
  • Reducing the number of departments that councils have to deal with to 5
  • More time for councils to deliver projects (minimum two years)
  • Alignment of program timeframes with council budget cycles wherever possible
  • A single head funding agreement between the state and local governments
  • Consistent and standard templates for guidelines, applications, progress reporting
  • More streamlined Quarterly reporting and/or project milestone reporting
  • Inclusion of funding for non-capital activities within infrastructure programs
  • Improved early stakeholder involvement
  • Better training and support

Grants to Local Government model

Resources and Templates

Frequently asked questions

What is the Grants to Local Government Model?

Will the new model apply to all grants?

There are so many grant programs available all with similar outcomes. Will it be the same with the new model?

How can I find out what grant programs are available?

Often there are multiple departments to deal with in relation to grants. Will it be the same with the new model?

Will each different department require councils to enter separate grant funding agreements?

Grant programs are often designed to deliver government policy with limited input from councils. Is this going to change?

Most grant programs fund new infrastructure, even though councils would benefit from funding to extend the life of existing infrastructure. Will this change?

Are there any changes to timeframes?

What funding certainty will the new model provide councils?

For approved projects, when will funding be released?

Will there be any new forms or templates?

Will there be changes to project progress reporting to state agencies?

Will there be more or less grant funding in the future?

Will the State be providing any additional support?

How can I find out more?