Treasurer Cameron Dick handed down the Queensland budget on June 13, addressing the rising cost of living with a $1.4 billion electricity bill support package.
The package includes a $550 cost-of-living rebate on household electricity bills, with $750 available for vulnerable households, and $650 for small businesses. It’s unclear at this stage whether not-for-profits will be eligible for the $650 rebate, but the Funding Centre team will remain on high alert for updates.
Other funding highlights for community groups and social sector services included:
- $118.2 million in increased funding for a third round of the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund, which supports the development of community infrastructure
- $20.6 million over three years for the Resilient Homes Fund to help homeowners to improve the resilience of their residential property following floods in 2021–22
- $20 million in 2023–24 to support tourism in priority areas including First Nations tourism, sustainable tourism, and accessible tourism through the Tourism Experience and Infrastructure Grants Program
- $5 million in additional funding to expand the Backing Female Founders program, which includes the Female Founders Co-Investment Fund and the Accelerating Female Founders program
- $4 million to address youth early intervention programs including $1.5 million to enhance existing programs and $2.5 million for a new Youth Development Partnership Fund
- $3.3 million in increased funding in 2023–24 to increase employment and agribusiness development in regional Queensland through the Rural Economic Development Grants
- $2.8 million over four years for the Women in Network grant program to support women’s and girls’ participation and leadership in male-dominated industries
- $1.9 million in increased funding over three years to extend the Queensland Remembers Grants Program
- $1 million per year, ongoing, from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to support the Safe Night Precinct program, which may include funding for safe night precinct grants
- $100,000 in 2023–24 to increase Celebrating Reconciliation Grants
It's still unclear when or how this money will trickle down to not-for-profits and community groups, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for grant updates relevant to Funding Centre members.
In the meantime, log in to your Funding Centre account and sign up for alerts to be among the first to know where the money is flowing, and to search for and manage your grant applications using the dashboard tool.