The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) was established in 1994 under the Gaming
Machine Act 1991. The fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing
approximately $53 million per year to Queensland communities.
Applications are processed and assessed by the Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) within
the Office of Liquor and Gaming (OLGR) in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
Eligible applications are considered by the Gambling Community Benefit Committee (the
Committee) on a quarterly basis. Independently appointed by the Attorney-General and Minister
for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills (the Minister), the Committee has the
responsibility of making recommendations to the Minister on funding eligible community groups.
To allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide
services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.
How much funding can an organisation apply for?
Applications can be submitted for funding of between $500 and $35,000. If the cost of items
requested or purchased is more than the approved amount, it is the organisation’s responsibility
to fund the difference.
How does an organisation apply?
Organisations must register and apply for funding on the GCBF online portal. Before registering
or applying, representatives of the organisations must thoroughly read and understand these
guidelines. The guidelines are updated every round. Please ensure you review the guidelines
each time you apply.
How often can an organisation apply?
An eligible organisation can submit one application per funding round provided it does not have
an approved application from a previous funding round that has not been acquitted.
A legal entity is permitted to sponsor multiple organisations in any one funding round, provided
the legal entity does not have an approved application from a previous funding round where the
acquittal due date has passed.
There are four funding rounds per year. Funding rounds open approximately six weeks prior to
the closing date and applications can only be submitted when a round is open. Funding rounds
close at 11.59pm on 28 February, 31 May, 31 August and 30 November.
Applications cannot be submitted if they are lodged after midnight of the closing date.