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Queensland Funding and Grants (5)

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) Third sector by valeria80 on August 19, 2008

Community Celebration Fund

2009 It’s the 150th anniversary of Queensland’s separation from New South Wales.

The Queensland Government has provided a total of $4 million to help communities celebrate Queensland’s 150th birthday. The funding is to be allocated over three rounds. The first round saw funding of over $400,000 granted, while the remaining $3.5 million is due to be allocated over the remaining two rounds.

The grants range from $2,000 to $10,000 and are available to community groups, educational institutions, incorporated organizations and local councils within Queensland, for projects which will commemorate the historic occasion in a way that is meaningful for them.

Granted – Funding Applications Help

Granted is a not-for-profit organisation that provides advice to community sector organizations that are developing funding applications.

They provide free assistance to organizations that: are not-for-profit focus on making a positive social or environmental impact have limited resources to prepare submissions



Queensland Funding and Grants (4)

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) Third sector by valeria80 on August 19, 2008

Community Help Grants

NRMA Insurance is providing grants of up to $5000 for projects that help make your community safer and more sustainable. Community groups can apply for grants in the areas of emergency services, crime and injury prevention and the environment.

The Writing Wizards

The Writing Wizards have been providing professional writing services throughout Townsville and North Queensland since 2001. They assist companies, including community organisations, with the preparation of funding applications, grant writing and policy and procedure manuals.

The Cowboys Community Fund

The NQ Toyota Cowboys, supported by Coca-Cola, have launched a charitable trust – The Cowboys Community Fund. The fund’s main aim is to provide encouragement and financial assistance in improving the quality of life for young people in North Queensland. The trust raises funds through a variety of activities, which are then distributed to charitable community causes.

Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG)

The Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG) is designed to help Australia’s volunteers support their vital work. This funding, provided by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, will provide grants of up to $3,000 (GST inclusive) for community organisations to help them purchase portable and tangible items of small equipment that will make the work of their volunteers easier, safer and/or, more enjoyable.


Queensland Funding and Grants (3)

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) Third sector by valeria80 on August 19, 2008

Integrated Grants Information Service

Through the Integrated Grants Information service, Queenslanders can access information on State Government funding and grants programs and find all of the grants they may be eligible to receive from all departments, through an online wizard.

Australian Giving Centre

The Australian Giving Centre is a service that provides an opportunity for community organizations to receive donations through their websites.

Interested organizations are required to have a website. They can then sign up with the service to gain the facility for receiving online donations.

The ABC of Auspicing

If you are not eligible for a grant to do something in your area, than you can sometimes remedy this by working with an organization that is eligible. Some organizations provide an umbrella for groups that are not incorporated.

Auspice Agreements have to be designed with care, because there is a chain of responsibility to be organized. The funding body (let’s call them A) is giving the money to the auspicing organisation (B), which is giving it to the group who has applied for the funding (C). The funding body (A) does not have a contract with (C), and has not got a comeback against (C) if things go wrong. The only remedy (A) has is to take up a grievance with the auspicing body (B). Therefore it is (B) that is taking the risk, if any, and needs to have insurance – provisions in the Agreement, that will enable it to intervene where necessary to keep things on track.


Queensland Funding and Grants (2)

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) Third sector by valeria80 on August 19, 2008

Smart Supplies Community Rebate Scheme:

Smart Supplies, a Queensland-based IT consumables retailer, has developed an online scheme that provides a fundraising opportunity for not-for-profit groups.

The Smart Supplies Community Rebate Scheme works liks this: Everyone who purchases IT consumables through the company’s website can nominate to support one of the not-for-profit groups registered in the scheme. 2% of every purchase made by that supporter then goes to the nominated group.

VaultOne Rebate Scheme

VaultOne is a financial services company that offers a free fundraising service for community groups.

The company has access to 80+ authorized agents and 30+ lenders, including the major banks, and offers financial planning, superannuation packages and general insurance. VaultOne donate 30% of their agents’ finance approval fees and their train commission fees to not-for-profit organizations.

Donation Home Loans

Donation Home Loans, a mortgage broker, donates a sizable proportion of their ongoing commissions to client-nominated charities, schools, non-profit organizations and clubs.

Regional Partnerships Program Grant Funding

The Regional Partnerships Program is funded by the Australian Government and administered through the Department of Transport and Regional Services. It provides funding for new projects that generate economic activity, capacity building and community benefit.

The North Queensland Area Consultative Committee (NQACC) works in partnership with local governments, regional development organizations, community groups and individuals to assist them with gaining funding through the Regional Partnerships Program. NQACC provides information and assists in developing applications for the program.


Queensland Funding and Grants (1)

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) Third sector by valeria80 on August 19, 2008

Gambling Community Benefit Fund:

The fund distributes one-off grants of up to $30,000 to Queensland-based, not-for-profit community groups in order to benefit Queensland communities. There are four funding ’rounds’ each year, with closing dates of 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December respectively.

DET Community Employment Training Programs

The Department of Employment and Training provides funding to elegible organisations and individuals for community employment and training programs. There are a wide range of funding opportunities available.

Arts Queensland Grants

Arts Queensland have annual one-off grants available to individuals, collectives and not-for-profit organisations working in any art form, for funding programs that support the arts, economic development and innovation.

Townsville City Council Community Grants:

Townsville City Council offer a range of cultural, sport/recreational and general grants designed to support projects that enhance the local community.

Partnership Grants:

The Office for Women is looking for organisations willing to become involved in delivering programs related to its five goals. These goals are:

*improving women’s health and well-being

*promoting opportunities to help women balance work, family and lifestyle

*improving women’s capacity to achieve economic security

*enhancing women’s safety

*increasing women’s participation in leadership, decision-making and community building

There are funds available for general community projects, events and activities.


Types of volunteering

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) Third sector by valeria80 on August 19, 2008

Governance volunteering: is on board and management committees. These volunteers provide direction and leadership for not-for-profit organisations. Governance volunteers carry a high level of responsibility and accountability

Informal volunteering: takes place in local communities in response to specific social needs. Volunteers work in largely unfunded, less structured settings, and this group may include neighbourhood groups, self-help groups, recreational, sporting, social and special interest groups and mutual aid activities.

Social Action volunteering: is usually cause driven and in response to specific social or community needs. This type of volunteering is typified by strong passion, and clearly identified outcomes, and takes the form of community action, advocacy and campaigning.

Project volunteering: reflects short term volunteer engagement, often by volunteers with specific skills, with clearly delineated outcomes and timeframe. This is an option particularly suited to professionals, corporates, retiring baby boomers and students.

Formal volunteering: takes place in traditional structured settings. Volunteers have clear ongoing roles with clear lines of accountability and responsibility. Volunteers are usually part of the service delivery team, within a managed environment.

Queensland (Aus)-State Administrative Structure (Links)


*Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning

*Minister for Public Works, Housing and Information and Communication Technology.

*Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Sport


*Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts.

*Minister for Health.

*Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations.

*Minister for Main Roads and Local Government.

*Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Women.

*Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry.

*Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries.

*Minister for Mines and Energy.

*Minister for Natural Resources and Water and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland.

*Minister for Communities, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Seniors and Youth.

*Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland.

*Minister for Emergency Services

*Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation.

Queensland (Aus)-State Administrative Structure (The Cabinet or Ministry)

Queensland has 18 Cabinet Ministers. Each Minister has a portfolio through which the various State Government departments and statutory authorities are administered.

Cabinet meets to determine government policy. All Ministers must take collective responsibility for, and must publicly support decisions made by Cabinet, regardless of their own opinions. Cabinet decisions requiring executive action must be approved by the Governor in Council to give them effect.


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Queensland (Aus)- State Administrative structure (The Legislative Assembly)

The Legislative Assembly – also known as ‘the House’ – has 89 elected members one for each electorate throughout the State. Members are referred to as MPs (Members of the Legislative Assembly).

The Legislative Assembly must meet in session at least once a year and a general election must be held at least every three years.

Federal representation:
House seats    28
Senate seats   12


Queensland (Aus)- State Administrative structure (The Governor)

Posted in Australia, Queensland (Australia), Queensland (Australia) - Basics by valeria80 on August 14, 2008

The Governor is the Sovereign’s personal representative and is an integral part   of the parliamentary system of government.

The Governor summons and dissolves Parliament, grants Royal Assent to Bills (proposed laws) passed by the Legislative Assembly and issues ‘writs’ for

State elections

Under the Westminster system, most Royal powers are only exercised on the advice of Ministers. The Executive Council, which comprises members of the Ministry, is the formal means for Ministers to give this advice to the Governor. When the Governor acts on the advice of Executive Council, the Governor acts

as the ‘Governor in Council’. The Governor in Council gives effect to the

decisions of the Ministry.

Following each State election, the Governor calls on the leader of the political party which has the support of a majority of Members of the Legislative

Assembly (that is, the party with the most seats in Parliament) to form a ‘Government’ to take responsibility for governing the State.

For more information