How to collect grants for Charities. In this area, the resources are collected on how Noosa Region charities can raise funds for their activities.

We cover opportunities from:

Noosa Foundation Grants

The Noosa Foundation is restricted to supporting solely charitable groups registered by the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC) and similar regulators as having DGR1 status.

We are guided by donors on the types of charities they would like to assist.   We call each group of similar charities a Panel.  If your charity might like to be added to one of our Panels, begin with an email to us.

This area will be kept up-to-date with funding opportunities from the Foundation as they arise.

Other Noosa Funding Bodies

Noosa Shire Council has an extensive system of grants for charities, community, environment and arts organisations.  See the latest information on their website on this link.

Community Bank Tewantin-Noosa has an annual round of grants.  More information available on their website on this link.

External Funding Bodies

In this area, we collect information on funding bodies outside the Noosa Region but which might provide funds, or grants, to charities operating within the region.

Queensland Community Foundation

The QCF operates throughout Qld and has a sub fund specifically for the Sunshine Coast.

Their Central Fund grants focus on ORGANISATIONAL capacity building. They assist charities develop their structures, systems, people and skills in order to deliver improved outcomes.

Their regional grants program aims to support eligible charitable organisations, providing local service delivery, in areas such as aged care, family support, children, health and welfare, youth and arts.

Grant rounds are annual and typically open in September the year before and close in January.

Buderim Foundation Thompson Fund

A specialised grant by Sunshine Coast-based Thompson family for people in difficult circumstances.  It is administered by Buderim Foundation but covers Noosa region. 

More info

Foundation for Rural Regional Revival

FRRR is focused on rural and regional areas.  In the Noosa region context, that excludes Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Tewantin and effectively all the coastal belt.  It may apply to the hinterland areas.

They provide grants for: 

  • People Grants: Grants to strengthen local not-for-profits, community groups, volunteers, and to provide opportunities for skills, networks and leadership development.
  • Place Grants: Grants to build a sense of identity, and make your town and community more vibrant, healthy and connected
  • Disaster, Resilience and Climate Solutions Grants: Grants to support your community before, during and after a natural disaster or drought and to build your community’s climate resilience.

Australian Sports Foundation

ASF assists sporting organisations with fundraising

Sporting charities and organisations can fundraise via this site with ASF providing all the technical and statutory support.  This Foundation can also support talented individuals who are not registered as a charity so it is particularly valuable for that reason.

Search for Local Support Providers


GIVIT has several services that individuals may find useful.  You can donate time, money and items.  You can also find nearby providers for various services that you might need if you are experiencing problems.  In particular, you can search for emergency support resources. 

Business Mentoring Noosa

BMN provide a mentoring service to local small businesses and NPFs.   They only mentor individuals; not an entire Board. They provide an opportunity to bounce ideas around and to get 3rd party input on options for the business and personnel aspects of your NFP.

Potential Fundraising Tools

Listed below are a number of the fundraising tools the Foundation may be able to use itself, and possibly, make available to charities in the Shire.  These are samples under consideration and may not all become available. For more information on any of them, email us on

Donation Button

Use a “Donate Now” button on websites to collect monies for any charity via credit card, process the payment and forward the money directly to the charity

Foundation’s Donations

Accept EFT and similar payments from Foundations, Trusts and PAFs  and route to DGR1 registered charities

Giving Circles

A Giving Circle is, for example, 100 people giving $100 each = $10,000.  The group then decides who receives the funds raised.  Individuals can donate independently, and in their own time, and get a tax deductible receipt.  The funds are then paid to the charity of choice directly.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving comes about by payroll auto deduction for participating staff members of an organisation. This is by agreement with the organisation.  Individuals get a tax receipt annually for donated funds.

Monthly Automated

Much like you pay Netflix, you can request a particular sum is taken from your credit card each period.  Cancel any time.  Receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Bequests & Memorials

Leave a sum of money in your Will as a bequest after death. It can be a perpetual annual gift which has been raised by the investment income. 

A Memorial is a once off donation in memory of a person or occasion which acts in the same way (MORE)

Noosa Charitable Dataroom

One of the Foundation’s goals is to improve charitable giving in the region.  We can benchmark the region through data resources below:

List of ACNC Local Registrations

Following is a sample of a list of local ACNC registrations as at 18/9/23.  This is not necessarily comprehensive and not all organisations on the list are eligible to receive tax deductible charitable donations.