What is the RACQ Foundation?

The RACQ Foundation was established following a series of natural disasters that wreaked devastation on lives and property across Queensland in late 2010 and early 2011. The Foundation helps impacted community organisations to recover from flooding, weather events, drought, bush fire and other natural disasters.

 

Background

As at 1 February 2016, over 80% of Queensland had been drought-declared by the state government. Some areas have been drought-declared since 2013. The drought has had a devastating impact on rural communities throughout Queensland, spreading from individual farmers to local
businesses and entire communities. The Foundation’s priorities are to help affected community organisations rebuild after these events and help charitable organisations provide assistance to victims of floods, cyclones and other natural disasters.

Along with natural disaster recovery, the Foundation is also looking to provide funding to eligible community organisations or charities that are seeking to provide support or recovery services to vulnerable Queensland residents and the communities impacted by COVID-19. Applications from impacted community organisations are also welcome.

 

Funding Priorities

Drought Relief

The RACQ Foundation’s priorities are to assist:

  • Queensland community organisations that have been significantly affected by drought; and
  • Queensland community organisations that are providing drought assistance; and
  • Deserving charities or other organisations with a charitable purpose that help Queenslanders who have been impacted by drought.

As a general guide, the RACQ Foundation will consider funding for programs:

  • that will directly benefit people located only within Queensland;
  • that include minimal overhead costs and salaries which are directly related to the programs;
  • with a preference for small and medium sized organisations (annual turnover of less than $5m);
  • delivered by Queensland community organisations either with or without DGR status;
  • for amounts up to $50,000, with funding for amounts up to $200,000 considered in exceptional circumstances only; and
  • from organisations that are incorporated and/or have an ABN.

Natural Disasters

The RACQ Foundation’s priorities are to assist:

  • Queensland community organisations that have been significantly affected by natural disasters to help them regain their position prior to the disaster; and
  • Queensland community organisations mitigate the impact of future natural disasters on buildings and other capital works; and
  • Deserving charities or other organisations with a charitable purpose that help Queenslanders who have been impacted by a natural disaster.

As a general guide, the RACQ Foundation will consider funding for programs:

  • that will directly benefit people located only within Queensland;
  • that include minimal overhead costs and salaries which are directly related to the programs;
  • with a preference for small and medium sized organisations (annual turnover of less than $5m);
  • delivered by Queensland community organisations either with or without DGR status; and
  • for amounts up to $50,000, with funding for amounts up to $200,000 considered in exceptional circumstances only

COVID-19

The RACQ Foundation’s priorities are to assist:

  • Queensland charities or community organisations that have been significantly affected by COVID-19;
  • Charities or community organisations with a charitable purpose that help Queenslanders who have been impacted by COVID-19; and
  • Queensland charities or community organisations whose activities and purpose aligns with the RACQ Foundation.

As a general guide, the RACQ Foundation will consider funding for programs:

  • that will directly benefit people located only within Queensland;
  • with a preference for small and medium sized organisations (annual turnover of less than $5m);
  • delivered by Queensland community organisations either with or without DGR status; and
  • for amounts up to $20,000.

 

Eligibility

Drought Relief

To be eligible for funding your organisation must meet each of the criteria outlined below:

  • Your organisation must be either:
    • a small to medium community organisation; or
    • a charity or other organisation with a charitable purpose.
  • The project must benefit Queenslanders who have been significantly affected by drought
  • The project must be completed within 12 months of funding.
  • The funding must be used to:
    • pay for material items or something tangible; or
    • have a positive community impact.
  • Applications to the RACQ Foundation are expected to be for amounts of up to $50,000, with funding up to $200,000 considered in exceptional circumstances only.
  • Applicants may only apply for funding once every 12 months.
  • The RACQ Foundation Trustee Board may, in its absolute discretion, resolve to provide funding to organisations that do not strictly meet the above criteria and may provide funding in addition to the cap.

Natural Disasters

To be eligible for funding your organisation must meet each of the criteria outlined below:

  • Your organisation must be either:
    • a small to medium community organisation; or
    • a charity or other organisation with a charitable purpose.
  • The project must benefit Queenslanders who have been significantly affected by flood, other weather event or natural disaster or seek to prevent such events from negatively impacting on Queensland communities.
  • The project must be completed within 12 months of funding.
  • The funding must be used to:
    • pay for material items or something tangible; or
    • have a positive community impact; or
    • cover the costs incurred by the organisation in relation to the cleaning and restoration of property with any disaster mitigation works forming a component of the overall funding.
  • Applications to the RACQ Foundation are expected to be for amounts of up to $50,000, with funding up to $200,000 considered in exceptional circumstances only.
  • Applicants may only apply for funding once every 12 months.
  • Organisations that have not considered their insurance requirements to ensure their assets have adequate insurance covered (or the available level of insurance) may not be able to obtain funding for these assets.

COVID-19

To be eligible for funding your organisation must meet each of the criteria outlined below:

  • Your organisation must be either:
    • a small to medium community organisation; or
    • a charity or other organisation with a charitable purpose.
  • The project must benefit Queenslanders who have been significantly affected by COVID-19.
  • The project must be completed within 6 months of funding.
  • Any activity that you are seeking funding for must comply with current