Better Suburbs Grants Announced

More than $400,000 will be given to Brisbane not-for-profit community organisations as part of the first round of the 2022-23 Lord Mayor’s Better Suburbs Grants’ Community Support Category.


A total of 49 not-for-profit community organisations were awarded funding in the Community Support category.


Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the funding will go towards for the delivery new projects and activities, allowing community groups to undertake facility improvements, purchase operational equipment and create projects and activities for their community.


“These organisations are at the forefront of helping some of our residents when they need it the most and it is vital, that we support their ability to continue this work,” Cr Schrinner said.  

“This round of funding gives community support organisations like Foodbank Queensland the opportunity to meet additional demand by purchasing a demountable office for its staff, and allow Fareshare Australia to invest in a freeze-dry machine to develop long-life meals for those experiencing hardship.” 


Other organisations recognised include community sporting groups, garden centres, church groups, men’s sheds and museums, showing the variety of groups eligible for these grants.


“These not-for-profits and community groups work hard to help make Brisbane an inclusive, resilient, connected and healthy city and these grants help them build stronger communities for our city.”


Applications for the next round of the Lord Mayor’s Better Suburb Grants Community Support category opens on 20 March 2023.


For more information about the Lord Mayor’s Better Suburb Grants, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.


Better Suburbs Grants Announced today are Community Support Category

Applicant Project Title Project Description Amount Proposed*
Foodbank Queensland Limited Purchasing Demountable Office Space to Meet Increased Service Demand FBQ needs to hire a demountable container to provide more office space. This demountable container is a necessary solution to the increase in need in our community and lack of current space. It will provide safer workstations for staff. $4,536.00
Runcorn Rockets Basketball Club Inc. Women in coaching development program The Women in Coaching development program is a series of tailored training and skills development sessions for females, along with providing support manuals and assistance to women looking to explore opportunities for volunteer and paid positions within the sport. $7,400.00
Wolston Farmhouse (auspiced by National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Limited) Wolston Farmhouse cafe design The proposed project will result in the design of an all-weather kitchen area, ensuring the on-site facility is usable in all conditions and complies with the heritage architecture of the property. $4,124.30
Everton Park Junior Rugby Union Club Inc. Lighting upgrade to LED Replacement of existing metal halide field light fittings with LED to meet requirements of minimum LUX required for amateur level club competition and match practice to meet Australian standards. $11,000.00
Graceville Community Garden (auspiced by Benarrawa Community Development Association Inc.) Planning and governance for Graceville Community Garden To engage a consultant to facilitate and assist in the development of a strategic plan, an operational plan and governance practices; and engage a consultant to facilitate and design a concept plan for the site. $5,475.00
Nundah Memorial Hall Association Inc. Internal painting Internal painting of the walls, front doors and windows of the heritage memorial hall located in Nundah. $9,900.00
Wynnum & District Rugby Union Club Inc Development of a Strategic Infrastructure Maintenance and Development Plan (SIMDP) for Elanora Park Preparation of SIMDP that will improve organisational governance, facility utilisation, infrastructure, supports community events and greenspace activation and long-term sustainability. $10,000.00
Fareshare Australia Inc. From rescued surplus food into freeze-dry long life meals. Project is to invest in a freeze-dry machine to develop a new range of shelf-stable long-life products to be deployed as part of various food programs. Freeze-drying will tackle food waste during gluts and ensure access to nutritious, tasty meals for people in hardship. $9,990.00
Indooroopilly Canoe Club Inc. Planning and design works The project is to engage architectural design services to redesign the canoe shed to make it more flood resilient, increase boat storage and improve the facility offerings. $10,000.00
Jigsaw Group (Aus) Limited Upgraded computing equipment to better support Brisbane young people with disability to train for employment Update computing equipment which trainees with disability use as they prepare for employment. The equipment improves efficiency with better processing times to improve the quality of Jigsaw’s working environment and supports trainees to achieve their goal of being job-ready and securing a mainstream job. $8,372.71
Communify Queensland Ltd Tables for Talking Purchase 30 stackable chairs, and 6 flip-able/foldable tables for the Acacia Ridge community centre to provide adequate seating and tables for clients, workshops and events. $10,000.00
Hendra Pony Club Inc. Bathroom refurbishment Internal refurbishment of existing toilet block including the replacement of cubicle partitioning and vanities and installing vinyl flooring at Hendra Pony Club. $10,036.95
Indooroopilly Activity Hub Inc Toilet Hand Dryers Replace hand dryers to assist with current toilet refurbishment to support activities at the Indooroopilly Activity Hub. $5,247.00
Norman Creek Catchment Co-ordinating Committee (N4C) Inc. Enabling videoconferencing capabilities The purchase of a videoconferencing system for the headquarters of N4C to allow for hybrid meetings thereby increasing members’ inclusion in other activities too. $9,515.62
Stepping Stone Clubhouse Inc. Healthy Active Living Program This project is a comprehensive fitness and wellbeing program for the members of the Clubhouse.  The project aims to improve the overall health of members and design procedures to sustain long term health goals as part of their journey of recovery from mental illness. $10,000.00
Toombul Croquet Club Inc. Croquet lawn maintenance The croquet lawn maintenance project includes top dressing, aeration and fertilizer to improve the playing surface. $5,837.70
Western Districts Netball Association Incorporated Update Policies and Strategic Plan with focus on flood resilience and disaster management planning Complete review of existing by-laws, policies and strategic plan including flood resilience strategies and disaster management planning.  Ensure inclusivity for all members in policies. $6,500.00
Annerley Baptist Church Purchase equipment to support community meals and community food needs The project is seeking funds to upgrade several items that will be used to support the community through the purchase of two new refrigerator/freezers and a portable PA system. $2,815.00
Arise Women Support Association Inc. Women Wellness Program The Wellness project will offer a series of workshops and events to help participants develop skills in stress reduction and self-care to share with broader African women’s community by becoming ‘champions’. $11,000.00
BallyCara Limited Caras’ & Co – Connect, Create & Cultivate Purchase resources to facilitate the creation/overhaul of the outdoor environment to provide a social, sustainable, creative and therapeutic environment that empowers the community to participate in creative and sustainable projects and activities. $8,000.00
Coffee Brigade Brisbane Inc. Powering up: Solar battery for the Coffee Brigade Purchase a solar battery to add to new solar panels for organisations new premises.  Increases their sustainability by minimising electricity costs and helping to stop sources of carbon through this innovative technology. $10,000.00
Inch Housing Inc. Operational equipment upgrades for Social Housing provider To upgrade conferencing capacity, seating and workstations to meet contemporary standards. $9,970.01
Mount Gravatt Men’s Shed Inc. Wood Lathe for Disabled Operators To purchase a wood turning lathe suitable for wheelchair-bound operators and those unable to stand for any period of time without experiencing pain. $6,460.00
Somali Community Association of Queensland Inc. Purchase equipment to support community activities. Purchase two computers, a printer/scanner and laminator to meet the increasing demands on the administration of the organisation.  Purchase of a lawn mower to maintain grounds and purchase marquee for use community activities and events. $7,924.83
The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society Track Extension Survey to Aqua Park Survey a track from museum to aqua park to support the experience of tram travel at The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society. $5,500.00
The Community Place Inc. Implement Landscape Architect Plan Implement landscape plan to increase the use of the outdoor space by the community and also address the development assessment conditions for The Community Place at Kalinga. $9,880.00
Toowong and District Historical Society Incorporated Purchase of AV equipment for guest speaker program and community events The project will purchase AV equipment  for speakers to use at meetings and community functions. $1,931.60
Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation Yili Yuingin Project (YYP) To operate a weekend program throughout 2023, to nurture bonds between young people, families and mentors to reduce risk of young people re-offending. $8,270.92
Camp Hill Carina Welfare Association Exercising with Parkinson’s Program The project will deliver new regular exercise and participation programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. The project will also enable to people to be trained to continue the exercise program beyond the funding of the grant. $10,000.00
Kyabra Community Association Inc. Richlands Community Centre upgrade of community meeting room Project includes new carpets for the community meeting room and purchase of a moveable room divider and equipment for the mobile playgroup. $6,708.00
Ridgettes Netball Club Incorporated Equipment and Promotional Material Install signage to attract new members to Ridgette’s Netball Club at Bill Brown Recreation Reserve, Bracken Ridge. $540.00
Shed West Community Mens Shed Inc. Building Capacity to Serve the Community: Optimising storage space Request to purchase materials to build new mobile storage cabinets and create a tidy, safe work space. $6,499.00
The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Incorporated Training Room External Refurbishment Upgrade windows and paint the exterior to support coast guard training at The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Manly Harbour. $10,000.00
The University of Queensland Touch Football Association Incorporated University of Queensland Touch Football Association Strategic Plan The project will develop a 5 year strategic plan that will help increase the opportunity for community members  to play touch football at all levels, and have access to the best facilities and ensure the longevity of the association. $11,000.00
Wests Bulldogs Rugby Club Inc Strategic Plan Preparation of a 3-year Strategic Plan for the rugby club. $10,000.00
Wolston Park Centenary Cricket Club Inc Developing a Strategic Plan and Governance Review To engage a consultant to assist in developing a Strategic/Business Plan. $10,000.00
Wynnum Tennis Association Incorporated External Clubhouse Painting Externally paint clubhouse to maintain the integrity of the building at Wynnum Tennis Association. $6,956.30
Australian Pensioners’ & Superannuants League Queensland Incorporated Kitchen Renovation Designs Project The project will develop design and technical drawings as the first step required to enable the renovation of the kitchen. $7,500.00
Brisbane Dog Training Club Inc. Facility Planning The project will develop a facility plan and detailed building plans to support dog training and events at Brisbane Dog Training Club, Jamboree. $8,273.00
Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Incorporated Linemarking trike for BMTA BMTA’s groundsmen walk over 8km/week linemarking 11 touch football and six soccer fields. The purchase of a linemarking trike will reduce fatigue and speed up the process of this important, tedious task. $10,000.00
Brisbane Visual Arts Community Inc. Internal Works – New storeroom and installation of new doors Works to build in 2 new storage rooms and remove existing roller door and replace with set of double doors to comply with fire exit regulations. $11,000.00
Centenary Suburbs Men’s Shed Inc. Upgrade drilling equipment The Centenary Suburbs Men’s Shed seeks to purchase a mill-drill and accessories to replace outdated equipment and allow more complicated drilling and milling operations. $10,693.00
Chermside Bowls Club Inc. Replacement of Kitchen Gas cooktop and griller Replace the current cooktop and stove. New units will be more efficient to use and cut down on operating costs. $10,000.00
East Brisbane Croquet Club Inc Replace Shade Shelters Replace shelters to provide shade for croquet members at East Brisbane Croquet Club. $11,000.00
Gibson Park Committee Inc Strategic Plan A strategic plan for the group, and associated partners on site, to enhance governance and sustainability. $10,000.00
Hemmant Community Hall Inc. Replace Concrete Driveway Replace concrete driveway to prevent water from entering into the Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club on the ground level of Hemmant Community Hall. $11,000.00
Kedron Football Club Incorporated Purchase of ride-on mower To replace a 10-year-old ride-on mower so that fields and lawns can be maintained and presented in the best possible condition. $9,000.00
Queensland Contract Bridge Club IT equipment for the Bridge Club Purchase of 24 x Bridgemate Tabletop Units and 1 x Auto Dealer to assist in the operation of the Bridge Club. Bridgemates are handheld computers which wirelessly send score info to a central database. The Auto Dealer is a machine connected to a laptop which can automatically deal decks of cards. Current machines 5+ years old and are running out of useful life. $9,315.00
Women’s Mentoring Foundation Ltd Creating pathways to employment for CALD migrants To create pathways to employment and further education opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse migrants through grief and trauma coaching, professional skills development, and networking and mentorship. $5,000.00


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