Community Small Grants Community Small Grants

Community Small Grants Program 2016/2017
Round Two Now Open!

Applications Open: Thursday 16 March 2017
Applications Close: Monday 10 April 2017

Does your club or community organisation need a new mower or an important piece of equipment however don’t have access to quite enough funds?  

Is your Club house or home ground in desperate need of improvements? 

Community Small Grants Program might be the solution.  

The objectives of the Flinders Shire Council’s Community Small Grants Program, is to provide assistance to local community groups/organisations to encourage and assist them in the development and upgrading of existing facilities and access funding for the purchase of equipment that is integral to the operations, sustainability and growth of the group/organisation.  

Only one application will be accepted from each group/organisation on their own behalf per funding round.  The level of assistance available is limited by Council’s budget decision and its priorities.  No applicant can be guaranteed funding nor can any applicant be guaranteed to receive the full amount requested. 

Funding would normally be on a one-off, one-to-one basis and Council may give priority to applications that identify works or activities of an urgent nature or those of regional significance.

Funding will generally be up to the amount of $5,000 but may be approved to a maximum of $15,000 in exceptional circumstances.

For further information and assistance, including advice on eligibility and application forms, please contact Erin Kinchela, Community Development Officer, Flinders Shire Council via p: 4741 2900 or e:  Further information can also be found at 

NOTE - Grants from Council are on a dollar for dollar basis up to a maximum of $15,000. You need to show evidence of a local contribution equal to the amount you are requesting from Council.  Volunteer staff can be costed at $20 per hour for non skilled labour and at relevant rates for professional services.

It is highly recommended that you arrange an appointment with the Community Development Officer prior to submission of your application to ensure eligibility requirements are meet.  

Downloadable Forms:


Past Successful Applicants: 

2014 / 2015

Hughenden Jockey Club - Stage 1 Administration and Amenities Block - $15 000

The Hughenden Jockey Club was able to race locally at the Hughenden Racecourse again in 2015 - without the facilities funded by the Community Small Grants Fund, the races would not go ahead.  For the community, it has built part of new facility and enhance a badly neglected grounds area for use by other clubs for functions and events as well as opening it up to public and private functions.

These race events have been around for over 130 years and if lost, would have been another major blow for our already struggling community.   The building of these new facilities at the Hughenden Racecourse will allow for more general community use and building better partnerships with the adjoining Flinders Hack and Pony Club and the Flinders Horse Sports who currently adjoin the racecourse grounds.  

The Hughenden Races were once a major event in the community bringing many genres of people together as a vibrant and healthy centre.  Regionally this club has the opportunity to build their event into a major regional experience bringing people from adjoining shires and further afield to enhance the local economy and promote the local area and region.  Building the event with marketing for tourism opportunities in the future will not only enhance the event itself but add to the economic growth within Hughenden and adjoining towns.

These facilities will also bring the club in-line with essential minimum venue and equipment standards required by Racing Queensland, without adhering to these standards the club will not only be able to race but will more than likely face losing the club and events.

These facilities will also be available for use when the Flinders Hack and Pony Club and the Flinders Horse Sports Club have gymkhanas, horse skill schools and general pony club events.  With the availability of new showers and toilets it will allow for camping opportunities to also build all of our events.  


Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre - Outdoor Area Upgrade, Installation of New Turf - $3000

The Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre is a non for profit service. The centre is community based and offers an Approved government kindergarten program two days a week and 5 days of quality child care for families 48 weeks a year. At present the services employs 8 staff.  The Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre is standalone service which receives no financial support from local council.  This is rare, with many other remote area Centres relying heavily on Council support to operate.  We are supported by limited federal government funding and fees paid by parents.  The Centre supports the community by setting fees at an affordable rate and providing qualified educators to support young children and their families who live and work in the community. 

Upgrading to new natural and artificial grass, has allowed the children to engage in quality experiences in their natural environment and be able to experience physical play in a safe and secure area. The childcare centre engages children in physical activities for good health and the skills they learn will benefit them into the future.  This new outdoor environment has become more inclusive, promotes competence, allows independent exploration and learning through play and children gain an understanding of becoming sustainable and developing links with the local community.  This project will also support the Centre’s future sustainability plans.

Children will benefit from this upgrade by being able to play in a safer environment, without having to worry about the sand on the footpath and prickles in the grassed area of the outdoor play area. Our daily program allows for children to have long physical activities outdoors as this an important part of the life style we experience living in Hughenden. This upgrade will allow more regular access to the outdoor environment for all ages and will incorporate more natural features for children to explore this environment.


Queensland Country Women's Association (Hughenden Branch) - Painting the Exterior of Building - $5400.00

The outside of the Q.C.W.A. building was repainted to preserve the structure for the benefit of the Hughenden Branch as well as meeting groups and those who use the Q.C.W.A. accommodation facilties.  This group has a strong emphasis on friendship and as a local fundraiser for charities.