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The provision of grants to community organisations is an important way for local governments to support their local communities.

Types of grant

The types of grant programs and activities usually funded by local governments include direct grants or indirect subsidies for the following:

Donation-type grants

Shopping-type grants

Investing-type grants

Grants policy

In order to allocate grants to community organisations, a local government must adopt a community grants policy consistent with the requirements of sections 194-195 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 and for Brisbane City Council, sections 186-187 of the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012.

The local government must allow the public to inspect the policy at the local government office or on their website. The public must also be able to purchase copies of the policy from the local government.

Visit the community grants policy web page for more information on issues to consider when developing policy.

Reporting requirements

Section 189 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 and section 181 of the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012 require that the local government's annual report contain a summary of its expenditure on grants to community organisations for the year.

In addition, the annual report is required to state any expenditure by councillors of their discretionary funds to community organisations including which organisations received grants and the amount and purpose of each grant.