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2024-27 South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program

The 2024–27 South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP) is a three year $100 million funding program supporting the 12 South East Queensland (SEQ).

The aim of SEQCSP is to support SEQ councils to fast-track investment in infrastructure, planning and capability development projects which:

  • support economic investment in outer-urban areas or low socio-economic areas
  • invest in essential infrastructure and services
  • support the long-term sustainability of the local government.

The following councils are eligible to receive funding under 2024-27 SEQCSP:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council.

Funding details

The 2024-27 SEQCSP provides $100 million, delivered through a mix of:

  • $77.74 million in base allocation funding
    • Each council will receive a base allocation of $4 million plus an additional amount calculated based on weighted population and unemployment figures in its local government area.
    • Brisbane City Council’s allocation is capped at $7 million.
    • Councils can use their allocation towards multiple projects or for a single project up to the total amount of their approved allocation.
  • $22.26 million in competitive application funding
    • Councils can submit a maximum of 2 applications for competitive application funding.

Key dates

  • Applications open 23 May 2024
  • Applications close 5 July 2024
    • We will only consider extensions of time to submit late project proposals/applications in extraordinary circumstances (for example, natural disaster impacting a council area).
  • Announcements expected from September 2024.

Project works cannot start prior to the execution of the Project Funding Agreement between the council and the State.

All projects must be completed by 30 June 2027. Extensions of time beyond 30 June 2027 to complete projects will not be considered, and any unspent funds will be returned to the department.

Eligible projects

All councils may use their 2024-27 SEQCSP funding by applying it toward infrastructure and maintenance projects.

Additionally, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council and Noosa Shire Council are eligible to use their allocation program funding towards:

  • planning projects (no more than 20% of council’s total 2024-27 SEQCSP allocation) and
  • capability development projects (no more than 5% of council’s total 2024-27 SEQCSP allocation).

Project proposals can be a stage of a larger project, where delivery of the identified project stage can be achieved within the program period and meets the project eligibility requirements. The staged component must be identifiable as a discreet component/project within the larger project.

The hiring of a Project Manager directly related to a project is an eligible cost under the 2024-27 SEQCSP.

How to apply

Use the eGrant portal to access funding for both components. You must complete the application form online.

Project proposals

Your project proposal should include:

Project name and description

For the 2024-27 SEQCSP there is a greater emphasis on project names and descriptions. To help councils, a guide has been included in the program guidelines ( 388.2 KB).

Documents demonstrating the need for the project

Project proposals/applications must be supported by council approved documents demonstrating the need for the proposed project. These can include:

  • a council corporate plan or asset management plan
  • a council operational plan
  • local government planning documents
  • critical infrastructure condition reports, including non-compliance directives or notifications from regulators or other State agencies
  • council 10-year financial forecasting
  • community engagement response
  • state, regional or local economic development report
  • state or regional community and/or infrastructure plans.

Estimated commencement and completion dates

You should ensure proposed projects have all approvals in place at the time you lodge the application. This includes:

  • development approvals
  • regulatory approvals and permits
  • native title approvals.

If approvals are not in place, then current position and timelines for completing approvals must be clearly articulated for us to consider before endorsing/approving the project.

Reporting

There is an increased requirement for photographs of projects prior to project commencement and at project completion.

Use the eGrant portal to provide quarterly progress reports on endorsed projects.

Upon project completion, councils will be required to provide proof of expenditure and must include copies of a general ledger extract for relevant project detail payments that indicate monies spent in the delivery of the project.

Resources

More information

Email LGDgrants@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 27 May 2024