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Community benefit funding programs

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) distributes revenue from gaming taxes to various not-for-profit community groups throughout Queensland.

We invite all eligible organisations to submit grant applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund during the application periods noted below.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Geographical area
Whole of Queensland.

Available funding
Grants up to the value of $35,000 (inclusive of GST) are available.

Apply for funding

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund Round 90 is now closed. A new, easier way to apply for funding is coming in November 2016.

Opening the next GCBF funding round

The Gambling Community benefit Fund (GCBF) round 91 is expected to open in mid-November and close mid-January 2017.

Actual dates will be confirmed in early-November. The opening of GCBF round 91 will also be promoted through the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation’s Facebook and Twitter updates.

This first funding round of the new grant system will be extended to allow applicants time to familiarise themselves with the new process.

Benefits of the new Community Benefit Funds grants portal

The new, user-friendly online grants portal:

  • can be used on most devices and operating systems
    • Browsers - Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox
    • Devices - Windows and Apple compatible tablets, pc, laptop (not smartphones)
  • will reduce the time it takes to apply for grants
    • You can apply via an online, interactive smart form (i.e. no more PDF applications forms means Adobe Reader is not required; applications cannot be submitted via email).
  • allows you to register your organisation quickly and manage your registration details
    • You can register online using an interactive smart form to your unique organisation number and password (i.e. no PDF registration form) and update or change your organisation details (including address, accountable officer and bank account details).
  • provides the status of your application in real-time and gives you access to your application history
  • allows you to submit acquittals online
    • You can submit variations to approved items and apply for extensions to your acquittal due date.
    • You can scan and attach invoices against approved line items and immediately view whether you have any funds un-acquitted.

If you are already registered with the Community Benefit Fund Unit

Re-registering your organisation

Due to the system upgrade, if you are already registered with CBFU, you will need to re-register.

To do so, when the new grants portal is launched you must login and register as either a legal entity or sponsored organisation before being able to submit an application. Old ‘business partner’ numbers will no longer be valid. A new ‘organisation number’ will be issued at registration.

Providing bank account details

Instead of submitting a bank statement with each funding application, you will only have to provide your bank details once.

When registering your organisation, you will be required to submit a completed ‘bank form’ (downloadable from the portal), which has been signed and stamped by your bank. You can update this if your bank account details change.

Acquitting existing grants and open agreements

Submitting acquittals by email must be completed by 14 October 2016. After this date, you will only be able to submit your acquittal online via the new grants portal (once it is live).

If you have an open agreement, CBFU will email you a new organisation number and grants portal password in November 2016. You can then login and submit your acquittal online.

Learning how to use the new grants portal

Soon you’ll be able to access step-by-step tutorials and other handy information about the new grants portal here. Please check back closer to November and look for our Facebook and Twitter updates.

To learn more about the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, the funding process, eligibility criteria and funding application hints and tips, read the Gambling Community Benefit Fund - an overview of the funding process

Review of applications

The Gambling Community Benefit Committee members have been appointed for a 3-year term, ending on 23 August 2017. Committee members are responsible for reviewing and recommending eligible funding applications to the Minister.



  • Brisbane: (07) 3247 4284
  • Outside Brisbane: 1800 633 619 (freecall)

Note: Freecall for standard telephone only. When using a mobile phone, standard mobile charges will apply.


Last reviewed
16 September 2016
Last updated
17 October 2016

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