Flexible Funding Grants Program

Program purpose

To assist the region to recover after the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough – 25 January to 14 February 2019, a Community Recovery Package was made available and funded by the Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements under Category C. The package included a Flexible Funding Grants Program. The purpose of the Flexible Funding Grants Program is to fund projects that support local communities to recover from the impacts of the disasters and/or contribute to their future disaster preparedness.

Program status

The program concluded in June 2021.

Administering agency

The (then) Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS) – currently Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy – led the implementation of the program with administrative support from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

Outcomes achieved:

As part of the DRFA Category C assistance, a total of $15.5 million was available under the Flexible Funding Grants Program released in 2019 and 2020. The objective of the program is to provide funding to nongovernment organisations, community groups and local governments to deliver projects that:

  • drive disaster recovery and build awareness and resilience within communities impacted by the Monsoon Trough
  • support communityled engagement activities, development of local recovery initiatives and encourage partnerships and collaboration
  • proactively reduce future risks in line with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and minimise community dependence on government assistance.
  • From a total of 260 applications, 187 were approved with 174 projects completed.
  • There were 174 grants administered for a total of $13.61 million.


More information

A copy of the full evaluation report is available on the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) website.

(QRA Reference CM DOC/22/70590)