210131: Ann Leahy’s Funding Update – January

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210131: Ann Leahy’s Funding Update – January

Ann Leahy’s January 2021 Funding Update


FairPlay Vouchers  – Round 4

Voucher applications open on 20th January 2021 and provide up to $150 which can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers.  There is a limit of 1 voucher per child per calendar year.  A child/young person (aged 5 to 17 years), or the parent, guardian or carer, must hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child/young person’s name on it to be eligible.  If there are significant issues that prevent the parent/carer/guardian from applying, a referral agent may apply on their behalf.  Voucher applications will close on 17th March 2021 and Round 4 vouchers expire on 12th May 2021.   Search the activity provider directory to check that: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay/find-provider your chosen activity is listed; and there is a registered provider near you.    For more information contact: Danny Nearhos Ph 4531 8526, Penny Pike Ph 4596 1006, email: southwestsportrec@nprsr.qld.gov.au; or fairplayvouchers@npsr.qld.gov.au  Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay/apply


Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Round 108 will open in mid-January and close at 11.59pm on 28th February 2021.  Grants from $500 and up to the value of $35,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community groups. New applicants are encouraged to watch the tutorials on the website. Further assistance with  registering or applying for a grant is available on Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm (excluding public holidays) via Ph 3247 4284 or 1800 633 619, email cbf@justice.qld.gov.au;  Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:  http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/corporate/sponsorships-and-grants/grants/community-benefit-funding-programs


Arrow Energy Brighter Futures Program – Round 1 2021

Applications will open Friday, 5th March 2021 and close on Friday 2nd April 2021 for small scale investments to meet community needs including local capacity building and assistance for one-off, local events or projects.  Preference is given to applications that: – address an identified area of need in the community; build local skills or capacity; or provide opportunities for community involvement. Priority is given to applications from communities within Arrow Energy’s areas of operation.  For more information Ph 1800 038 856, email: brighterfutures@arrowenergy.com.au; contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit: https://www.arrowenergy.com.au/community/brighter-futures


Wettenhall Environmental Trust – Small Environmental Grants Scheme

Grants offer varying amounts in support of groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. Projects meeting eligibility criteria around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education will be favourably received and should involve any of the following:- monitoring, recording and sharing data; delivering community education; providing community capacity building (e.g. skills training, organisation); research and science. For more information Ph 0431 219 980 email beth@wettenhall.org.au contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit: http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/


Connellan Airways Trust – General Grants

Applications are to be received by 15th February, 15th May, 15th August and 15th November 2021 for small grants to assist people of all ages living in outback Australia for educational, health, communication and transport needs.  To view eligibility guidelines and the application process, please visit:


For more information contact Connellan Airways Trust Executive Officer, Ph 1800 733 810 or email: info@connellanairwaystrust.org.au; or Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


Australian Government Manufacturing Modernisation Fund – Round 2

Applications close 21st January 2021. Supports small and medium manufacturing businesses, providing co-funded grants to transform manufacturing, enabling job growth and a more highly skilled workforce.  For more information on eligibility please read the Grant opportunity guidelines.  https://business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Manufacturing-Modernisation-Fund#key-documents

Ph 13 2846 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, or visit:  https://business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Manufacturing-Modernisation-Fund


Ann Leahy’s Scholarships Guide

The Guide is a summary of contact numbers and website addresses for scholarships at major universities, agricultural colleges, training and apprenticeship information, and a listing of scholarships in a range of areas such as rural industry, veterinary, medicine, pharmacy, teaching, sport, engineering and the arts. Year 12 students in the Warrego Electorate will receive a copy of the 2020/21 Guide, however, should any other students, teachers or mature age students require a copy it will be made available upon request from my Electorate Offices Ph 1800 814 479 or Ph 1800 625 430 or email warrego@parliament.qld.gov.au.


Western Downs Regional Council  – Community Hardship and Assistance Grants Program 

Applications opened on 1st June 2020 and close 1st June 2021 or sooner if all funds are expended.   Amounts of up to $10,000 in funding to provide ‘quick response’ financial assistance to eligible community organisations experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, including financial assistance to a community or sporting organisation to remain viable during the COVID-19 crisis as a result of lost income, financial hardship as a result of being unable to reclaim funds outlaid for an event or project cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, and projects to assist organisations develop alternate service delivery models.   To apply and for further information visit:  https://www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/living-here/grants-funding/community-hardship-and-assistance-grant/


Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) – Round 20

The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.  Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.  Applications for the Round 20 close on 25th February 2021 with successful applicants announced by May 2021.  Applications must address at least one of the following Program Objectives:  Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;  Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;  Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people; Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations to provide support to their communities, particularly where they are playing an increased role during the drought; and, Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.  Three tiers of grants are available:  Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;  Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval.  Tier 3 grants of up to $150,000 involve a two-stage application process. Applicants for Tier 3 must speak to FRRR before applying.  For more information contact Fiona Bradshaw or Ashley Eadon Ph 1800 170 020, email: toughtimes@frrr.org.au; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:  https://frrr.org.au/funding/disaster-resilience-and-climate-solutions/tackling-tough-times-together/


FRRR – Strengthening Rural Communities – Round 8

Applications close on 23rd February 2021 with grants available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.  Successful applicants in Round 8 will be announced by June 2021. Small and Vital Stream for grants up to $10,000 for communities with fewer than 15,000 people outside major cities for projects initiated and delivered by local community groups, not-for-profits and organisations that do not have DGR status. All requests will be considered, however priorities for funding are flood recovery, general support, healthy ageing and digital inclusion.  Larger Leverage Stream for grants up to $25,000 that support communities in remote or very remote Australia will be allocated to specific project focus areas of general support, healthy ageing, flood recovery and digital inclusion.

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project please contact Sue Devereaux at FRRR on 1800 170 020, email: info@frrr.org.au; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:



QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund (PRCF)

The QCWA are currently assisting farmers and their families with household support in flood and drought affected areas, in every part of Queensland.  Assistance is limited to one successful application per calendar year. Support is given in the form of grocery vouchers, store credit or being able to pay some overdue accounts such as utility bills. For more information, Ph 07 3026 1220 email: prcf@qcwa.org.au; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:  https://qcwa.org.au/Public-Rural-Crisis-Fund


Australian Government Support and National Services

Individuals, families, farms, and rural and regional communities can access a range of services and support to help them manage during times of hardship, including drought, and prepare for future conditions.   It is important that those in need of support do not self-assess their eligibility for assistance and instead seek advice from an expert, like a rural financial counsellor.  For more information on services and assistance available, please access the following link:  https://farmhub.org.au/


The Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland (RFCS-SQ)

Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland provides free, impartial, confidential, and responsive rural financial counselling services, supporting and assisting primary producers, and small and medium businesses experiencing financial hardship.  For more information, Small and Medium Business call 1300 732 777, Primary Producers 07 4622 5500 or visit: https://www.rfcssq.org.au/.  If you do not have internet access, please contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or warrego@parliament.qld.gov.au; for assistance.


Other Grants and Assistance available to Businesses and Employers, Individuals and Households:

To find information and stay up-to-date on the Australian Government’s latest support for businesses and employers, individuals and households visit:  https://ourcomeback.gov.au/#useful-links  or call 13 28 46.


For Queensland Government business grants and assistance visit: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/   or Ph 1300 654 687.


If you do not have internet access or you require assistance, please contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or warrego@parliament.qld.gov.au; for further information regarding any of these grant programs.




Ann Leahy MP — Member for Warrego

Shadow Minister for Local Government, Disaster Recovery and Volunteers

Roma Office       T: 4570 1100 or 1800 814 479 PO Box 945 ROMA Q  4455

Dalby Office T: 4519 0700 or 1800 625 430 PO Box 262 DALBY Q 4405

E warrego@parliament.qld.gov.au   F www.facebook.com/AnnLeahyLNP

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Maranoa Regional Council – Community Grants

Maranoa Council logo

For more information please contact your local development officer 1300 007 662.

Closing Date Details
Ongoing Natural Disaster and Drought Assistance

Primary producers are eligible for drought assistance if their property has been drought declared by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

If your vehicles garaging address is in an area where the Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme has been activated.

For more information please visit https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Community-and-environment/Community-engagement/Disaster-and-drought-assistance.aspx












The Tackling Tough Times Together

The grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.
Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly. Projects must demonstrate a focus on one of seven activity areas, from building community resilience to improving community health and social wellbeing.

Projects can apply for funding between $20,000 and $150,000.

To find out more or apply for a grant please visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal websiteRound 15 is open now.

For more informationhttps://www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together.php



Maranoa Regional Council is calling for community and not-for-profit groups to apply for financial assistance with the first round of the 2020-21 Community Grants Program open from Monday, 10 August 2020.

The Community Grants Program is an opportunity for community groups to undertake projects with the support of Council and Senex. The Community Grant categories are:

• Small Grant (co-funded by Senex) – $500 – $3,000

• Community Grant – $3,001 – $10,000

• Major Grant – $10,001 – $20,000.

Maranoa Regional Council is committed to helping community groups make our region a better place to live and work by providing grants for one-off projects, events and activities. Community Grant categories include:

Community Development

Culture and Heritage

Environment, Community Events

Sport and Recreation and Economic Development.

Tips, guidelines and application forms for Community Grants are available on Council’s website at www.maranoa.qld.gov.au/services/grants.

Community groups have until Friday, 9 October 2020 to submit their applications. For more information regarding Council’s Community Grants Program, please contact Council’s Economic and Community Development Team on 1300 007 662.

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ANZ Seeds of Renewal

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Grants of up to $10,000 are made to not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Consideration will be given to projects contributing to the development of education and employment opportunities that benefit communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer in rural, regional and remote areas. More information.

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Queens Arms Community Benefits Program

NOW OPEN Community Benefits Program: 

The Queens Arms Hotel Roma Community Benefits Program is designed to build relationships with community organisations to provide benefits to locals and visitors by supporting and promoting our vibrant and active community.  The program provides small one-off sponsorships and donations to a maximum of $2,500 per round (total in aggregate) to not-for-profit organisations based in Roma and the Maranoa region with the aim to support as many local groups as we can. Download our application here

Website: The Queens Arm’s Hotel

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Small Grants for Rural Communities

Small Grants for Rural Communities Round 33

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate.  The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is currently transitioning to an online grants administration system. Applications must be submitted via FRRR’s Grants Gateway online portal.  Please read the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to get started. Interested parties are encouraged to watch this introductory clip about the ‘Purpose Tree’ before applying.  For support with technical issues Ph 1800 170 020, or email: info@frrr.org.au.  Before applying, please review the Guidelines and Grants Gateway Application Form carefully by visiting the website.

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The Brisbane Broncos Charities Fund (BBCF)

The Brisbane Broncos Charities Fund (BBCF)

This ongoing grant fund provides encouragement, assistance and financial support for the underprivileged and disadvantaged youth of Queensland.  All charities applying for assistance must be endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). More information.

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Inger Rice Foundation – Grants for supporting children/family relationships

Inger Rice Foundation

Ongoing grants of amounts up to $5,000 are available through the program that seeks to fund incorporated organisations involved with supporting relationships between young children and their families/carers, in particular, children from pre-birth to primary school entry (0-5) within Australia.  Eligible activities include: Early intervention programs, Family support programs, Resources, Training required for implementation of programs, Eligible applicants include incorporated organisations. For more information contact the program administrator Ph 0438 897 933 email:  inger.rice.foundation@gmail.com  or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.

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Origin Community Sponsorship Program

Origin Community Sponsorship Program Application

Offers organisations and groups the opportunity to access financial assistance and in-kind contributions to support events and programs that benefit the community.

Origin’s Community Sponsorship Program aims to add value to community activities that make a positive contribution to one or more of the following areas:

–          Skills, education and training
Addresses local skills development and adds value to educational opportunities

–          Community safety, health and well-being
Supports safer and healthier communities including efforts by emergency services and public welfare support services

–          Environment and natural resources
Protects and enhances natural resources including agriculture, land, water and biodiversity

–          Sustainable population growth
Activities which assist communities to meet the challenges of increased population growth

–          Community events and activities
Activities which encourage community connection and promote a social environment

More Information

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Maranoa Regional Council – Community Support Service


Maranoa Council logo

Maranoa Regional Council’s Community Support Service provides individual and community support by linking people to services, acting as an information resource, coordinating community education courses and developing community projects.

We provide:

  • Information and support about what services are available in Roma and surrounding communities
  • Support and referral
  • Information and education opportunities on relevant issues
  • Client advocacy in line with identified needs
  • Funding information available to individuals and community groups
  • Assistance with the submission of forms, online applications, providing & sourcing information and referring to other services where appropriate.

The program also coordinates and assists with the Roma Inter-agency Meetings and the Service Provider Directory.

For more information please contact Council’s Community Support Officer – Roma on 1300 007 662.

Maranoa Regional Council
57 Bungil St Roma QLD 4455
Postal Address: P.O Box 42 MITCHELL QLD 4466



Information Submission

Below are PDF forms that you can download and fill out if you would like your information displayed on this site.

Activities and Events Form

Services and Business Form

Be sure to email them directly to romaforfamilies@gmail.com and attach a photo of your activity, business or logo.

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