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Community benefit funding programs

Not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland can apply for grants from $500 to $35,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). This fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $54 million per year.

The fund allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups, to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) administers the GCBF. We invite all eligible organisations to submit grant applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund through the GCBF online grants portal. Please watch the tutorial videos below before applying through the grants portal.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 97 is now open and will close at 11.59pm on 31 May 2018.

Apply for funding

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the new grants portal

Video transcript

Step 2: Read the funding guidelines

Ensure you have a copy of the current funding round guidelines and refer to these while writing your funding application.

You can also access previous funding round guidelines.

Step 3: Register your organisation

Video transcript

Your organisation must register as either a legal entity or sponsored entity before being able to submit an application. Old ‘business partner’ numbers are no longer valid. A new ‘organisation number’ will be issued at registration.

To register your organisation visit

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: Apply online for a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant

Video transcript

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

Step 6: Acquitting existing grants

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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.

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 28 February 2018.



  • 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.


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Last reviewed
26 April 2018
Last updated
26 April 2018
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