Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund

Up to $10,000 is available from Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund to support community projects that build stronger communities in Brisbane.


Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund

Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund (LMSIF) supports community projects that build stronger communities in Brisbane. Projects must contribute to the Brisbane Vision by helping achieve the aspirations to be a:

  • friendly and safe
  • active and healthy
  • clean and green; or
  • vibrant and creative city.

The number and types of projects approved will depend on the number of applications received, the available program budget, whether a project meets the assessment criteria, and the comparative priority and benefit to the community of the applications.



Priorities to be met in an application can include:

  • improved provision of, access to and the quality of, community facilities
  • supporting community activities in the areas of recreation and sport
  • supporting community arts and cultural activities – e.g. Christmas carols, Australia Day ceremony
  • contributing to the appreciation of Brisbane’s history and heritage
  • responding to groups in the community – e.g. young people, refugees, people in need
  • improving the environment
  • contributing to the community safety
  • contribute to improved health and well-being
  • purchasing equipment to resource community organisations
  • creating opportunities for residents to be informed and involved in their community



Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund (LMSIF) allocation to each Ward will be published online. The program also includes an allocation for the Lord Mayor in support of projects of benefit to multiple wards across Brisbane.

The minimum grant amount is $250 (GST exclusive). The maximum funding total is $10,000 (GST exclusive) per community organisation per financial year, except where a community organisation is applying on behalf of not-for-profit community organisations that do not have a bank account (that is, as a sponsor). The maximum allocation for Councillors is $10,000 per project.


Eligible Projects

Eligible projects must:

  • be for a community purpose
  • meet the guidelines of the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund Program
  • identify the community benefit of the funding
  • identify additional funding support or in-kind support to be provided
  • contribute towards the Brisbane Vision and meet at least one Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund priority
  • be implemented within 12 months of the date on the approved letter
  • be undertaken within the relevant Ward boundary and be of benefit to the local community (a project can be jointly funded between adjoining Wards for financial and community benefit)
  • not be used for operational funding of the community organisation or the Councillor’s Ward office

Eligible projects include:

  • applications for facility improvement projects for schools must include a documented Usage Agreement with a community organisation(s) outlining the scope of community access to and usage of the facility
  • projects involving schools must demonstrate engagement with the wider community
  • applications involving schools must be made by a community organisation (not the school), for example the Parents & Citizens Association or equivalent
  • application must provide project budget details and clearly indicate how the grant funding is to be spent (i.e. a description of “contribution or sponsorship towards an event/project” is not an adequate level of detail)
  • community events (including Australia Day ceremonies, fetes and those events that charge an entry fee, i.e. fundraisers with a cover charge and festivals with a site entry fee)
  • equipment hired for the purpose of a community event
  • funding towards community sporting organisation’s equipment and activities within the ward
  • community facility improvements and equipment
  • capital works of Council that:
    • are for a community purpose
    • have proposed project funding up to $10,000
    • meet Council’s asset guidelines and are supported by the Manager, Asset Services Branch or Regional Manager, Asset Services Branch
    • are approved by the Establishment and Coordination Committee, having regard to Council’s corporate plan, long-term assessment plan and annual report


Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be:

  • Councillors; or
  • not-for-profit community organisations



Applications close 14 June 2019.


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