Community benefit funding programs
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) administers the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). The fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $53 million per year to Queensland communities.
We invite all eligible organisations to submit grant applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund through the new online grants portal.
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 91 is now open and will close at 11.59pm on 13 January 2017. This round would normally close on 30 November 2016, however we have extended this round to give you time to familiarise yourselves with the new process (see below).
Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)
Whole of Queensland
Grants from $500 to $35,000
A quick look at the new online grants portal
OLGR has launched a new, user-friendly online grants portal that allows you to:
- access the portal from most devices and operating systems
- browsers - Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox
- devices - Windows and Apple compatible tablets, PC, laptop (not smartphones)
- use your unique organisation number or organisation name and password to login and manage your registration details
- apply for grants online (no more PDF readers and emails required)
- check the status of your application in real-time and view your application history
- submit your acquittals online (including applying for extensions to acquittal due dates, submitting variations to approved items and checking for un-acquitted funds).
Apply for funding
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) round 91 is now open and will close at 11.59pm on 13 January 2017.
Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the new grants portal
Step 2: Read the round 91 funding guidelines
Ensure you have a copy of the current funding round guidelines and refer to these while writing your funding application.
Step 3: Register your organisation
Your organisation must register as either a legal entity or sponsored entity before being able to submit an application (unless you have an existing open agreement with GCBF). Old ‘business partner’ numbers are no longer valid. A new ‘organisation number’ will be issued at registration.
If your organisation currently has an open application ( i.e. the grant has not been acquitted), your organisation details will already be registered in the new GCBF online portal. Simply type your organisation name and select from the drop down list, then click ‘reset password’. The password to access the portal will be emailed to the registered organisation's accountable officer.
To register your organisation visit www.gamblingcommunityfund.qld.gov.au.
Step 4: Provide your bank account details
When registering your organisation, you will be required to submit a completed ‘bank verification form’, that has been signed and stamped by your bank. You can update this if your bank account details change. (You do not need to submit a bank statement with each funding application).
Please note: If CBFU has already transferred your registration details to the new system, you will be required to submit a bank form when you submit your next application.
Step 5: Complete and submit your funding application
Once you have registered and received your organisation number, you can log in to the GCBF online grants portal and start your application. You can exit the process at any time after clicking the ‘save’ button. When you next log in you can easily access your draft application to complete and submit it.
To submit an application visit www.gamblingcommunityfund.qld.gov.au.
Step 6: Acquitting existing grants and open agreements
You can now acquit your approved grant online through the new grants portal. This includes applying for extensions to acquittal due dates, submitting variations to approved items and checking for un-acquitted funds.
Please note that if you have an incomplete acquittal (up to, and including, funding round 89) you must submit your acquittal documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessing applications for funding
Applications are processed and assessed by the Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) and considered by the Gambling Community Benefit Committee on a quarterly basis. Independently appointed by the Minister, the committee has the responsibility of making recommendations to the Minister on funding to eligible community groups. The Gambling Community Benefit Committee have been appointed for a 3-year term, ending on 23 August 2017.
A Grants Officer is available to assist you with any enquiries about registering or applying for a grant. Officers are available Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm (excluding public holidays).
- Brisbane: (07) 3247 4284
- Outside Brisbane: 1800 633 619 (freecall) Note: For standard telephone only. When using a mobile phone, standard mobile charges will apply.
Send an email enquiry to email@example.com.