Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Up to $35,000 is available from GCBF to help not-for-profits groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $52 million per year. Established in 1994 under the Gaming Machine Act 1991, the fund returns to the community a portion of state revenue raised through gambling taxes.

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 Fund (GCBF) aims to fund not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.



Applications can be submitted for funding between a minimum of $500 (including GST) and a maximum of $35,000 (including GST).

If the cost of any item is more than the approved amount, it is the organisation’s responsibility to fund the difference. An eligible organisation can submit one application per funding round to GCBF provided it does not have an existing open grant agreement with CBFU.



All organisations must:

  • have not-for-profit objectives;
  • be community based; and
  • be registered (have a business partner number) with CBFU as a legal entity or sponsored organisation prior to submitting an application form. (Please note having a business partner number does not guarantee your organisations eligibility).

All legal entities must:

  • have an active ABN;
  • have a valid bank account in the name of the legal entity registered with CBFU;
  • agree to the terms and conditions as set out in the funding guidelines. The Particulars referred to in the terms and conditions comprise of both the funding guidelines and your completed funding application;
  • ensure that if sponsoring organisations, the sponsored organisation has not-for-profit objectives; and
  • agree that if sponsoring organisations, they accept legal and financial responsibility for the grant.

Organisations must be one of the following:

  • Incorporated or registered by an Act of Parliament (other than those listed below);


  • A sponsored organisation applying through an organisation (legal entity) incorporated or registered by an Act of Parliament;


  • A local Ambulance Committee, Rural Fire Brigade or State Emergency Service Group applying as a sponsored organisation through their relevant department as their legal entity.



Applications close 31 August 2018.


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