What’s in the Queensland 2024-25 budget for your grantseeking organisation?

Posted on 25 Jun 2024

By Funding Centre team

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick handed down the state budget on June 11.

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Funding highlights for community groups and social sector services included:

  • $342.2 million to provide facilities at state schools with high enrolments
  • $247.8 million over five years to continue the Waste Package, which includes grants to address illegal dumping
  • $166.6 million for the Building Future Schools program
  • $154.4 million over four years and $38.4 million per year ongoing to increase support for the domestic, family and sexual violence sector by 20%
  • $100 million over three years to support high priority disaster resilience and mitigation projects
  • $100 million in additional funding over two years for the Works for Queensland grant program, which directly funds 65 councils to deliver local projects that create jobs and deliver infrastructure and services
  • $61.6 million over two years to continue delivery of the needs-based Indigenous Councils funding program and to establish an entity to support Indigenous councils
  • $33.5 million to increase the value of FairPlay vouchers from $150 to $200 and the number of vouchers available from 50,000 to 200,000
  • $23.5 million over four years and $6.3 million per year ongoing to continue implementation of the Threatened Species Program. The program includes funding for the Threatened Species Research Grants and Threatened Species Recovery Action Grants programs
  • $19.7 million over three years to support delivery of the Queensland Small Business Strategy 2024–2027, including additional funding for grants to businesses and continuation of the small business grants program
  • $15 million for the School and Community Food Relief Program, which provides direct support to schools
  • $15 million for non-government organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations to support children and families facing adversity
  • $15 million over two years for the Growing Future Tourism Program, which provides grants to tourism operators, not-for-profit organisations and local governments to deliver new and enhanced infrastructure or experiences in coast and marine, heritage and cultural, and sustainability tourism
  • $11.2 million over four years to deliver Closing the Gap initiatives
  • $10 million over two years for the Building Bush Tourism Fund which provides funding for tourism-related infrastructure and accessibility improvements
  • $6 million to non-government organisations to provide after-hours support for young people
  • $5.4 million to support Neighbourhood Centres to combat the effects of isolation and loneliness
  • $5 million for a new Local Government Community Safety Fund for communities in priority areas to install CCTV systems and other safety measures
  • $4.8 million over two years to expand support under the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Assistance Program
  • $2.6 million over two years to identify and establish strategic partnerships and build positive relationships for African youth and community members
  • $1.7 million in additional funding for emergency relief in communities across Queensland, including through Neighbourhood Centres and First Nations communities
  • $1.6 million (up to) for live music business support grants
  • $1.1 million to continue the Queensland Financial Resilience Program to support people experiencing financial hardship
  • $270,000 for a co-designed First Nations leadership program for young First Nations parents.

Other highlights:

  • The Apprentice and Trainee Rebate will be extended for a further 12 months to 30 June 2025.
  • Small businesses will receive a $650 credit on electricity bills in 2024–25, co-funded by the federal government.
  • One million training places will be funded for Queenslanders who want to train, upskill, reskill and pursue careers in priority industries.
  • One million training places in health, social services, hospitality, clean energy and construction will be subsidised.

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.

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