Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) is a perpetual charitable trust designed to provide sustainable funding for a range of charitable purposes within Queensland. The Gulf Area Community Social Development Trust is a sub-fund of the Queensland Community Foundation and aims to promote the interests and welfare of residents of the Gulf Area Community by supporting projects and initiatives that encourage educational, health, cultural, and social development.
QCF is a perpetual charitable trust designed to provide sustainable funding for a range of charitable purposes within Queensland.
The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships is assisting the administration of the Gulf Area Community Social Development Trust, by the QCF, by providing organizational support on behalf of the Queensland Government.
Within the context of the Trust purpose, the following objectives have been set:
- projects identified as a result of the assessment of the social impact of resource development and other major projects in the region
- social and community development activities
- personal development activities
- education of residents through bursaries/scholarships for secondary and tertiary studies where no other bursary or scholarship has been awarded to the applicant for the same period of study
- projects providing low scale infrastructure projects where an identified social issue can be improved by such a project
- improvement of the health of Gulf residents
- The Trust will consider applications up to $30,000 each.
- Recipients of any grant through the Trust must only be those organizations that have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status as endorsed by the Australian Tax Office.
- Any entity that does NOT have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status is ineligible for grants.
- Organizations that do not have DGR status, but would like to submit an application for funding, are encouraged to collaborate with a funding partner who holds the relevant DGR status and who would be willing to manage and acquit the grant.
- Applicant organizations must:
- Be an “eligible organization”
- Be capable of efficiently managing Trust grant funds and the associated project
- Have the capacity to properly keep separate accounting records for reporting purposes
- Demonstrate that it has competent members with the skills and capacity to carry out the development, implementation, and management of approved projects
- Ensure that the application is discrete in that it is not for a project which will be dependent on further funding being made available from the Trust
- Abide by the criteria set out in other sections of this document.
Unless excused by the Public Trustee, applicant organizations must state on the application form whether in relation to the project for which Trust funds are sought:
- There are any other Commonwealth or State funding sources for the proposed activities;
- An application has been made for funds from these sources and the current status of this application
- The project is in receipt of other funds (how much; for what purposes);
- Where applications include projects on land or property not owned by the applicant, the applicant must provide written evidence of the owner’s consent or, in the case of a complex business case, consultation with the Reference Group should be undertaken with the aim of developing the application to determine matters relevant to the submission.