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Economic Development Grants Program

$5,000 per year is available for eligible individuals and organisations
Round Two 2017 18 open 16 February and close Friday 23 March 2018.

Economic Development funding aims to provide assistance for eligible organisations, groups or individuals to conduct projects, activities and events that will result in a demonstrated economic benefit to the Cook Shire region.


  • Improve the Cook Shire regional economy through immediate, medium and long term achievements
  • Provide opportunities for business success, economic development and economic diversity across the region
  • Expand organisations’ capacity to provide ongoing services that directly influence our regional economy

Priority Areas

Round one focus – Strengthening the tourism, innovation and digital opportunities within the Shire. Examples include:

  • Marketing and promotion of the Shire including Indigenous tourism initiatives
  • Projects that support investment attraction in the Shire including business startups and feasibility studies
  • Primary industry development including agriculture and aquaculture initiatives

Projects outside the priority areas will also be considered. Apply for up to $5,000 in either cash or in-kind support or a combination of both, per year.


Applicants must be an organisation that:

  • Has a majority of members or customers based within Cook Shire; and
  • Is a properly constituted not-for-profit organisation; or 
  • Is a properly constituted for-profit organisation (where the intended project will not return a direct benefit to the applicant); or
  • Is a charitable organisation registered or sanctioned under the Collections Act 1966; or 
  • Is a properly constituted organisation acting as auspice for an individual or unincorporated group.
Full eligibility requirements are available in the guidelines document available for download below.

Previously Funded Economic Projects


Community Development Grants ProgramApplications openApplications close
Round 1, 2017/2018 August 11, 2017 September 18, 2017
Round 2, 2017/2018 February 16, 2018 March 23, 2018

Download and save the guidelines and application form to your computer, read through the guidelines, complete the application in full and return to Council by the closing date.


A requirement of all accepted funding from Cook Shire Council is to acquit the grant by the specified time frame.

Download and save the acquittal form to your computer, complete the details and provide any attachments and return to Council by the due date.


For further information please contact the Development, Environment and Community team

P | 07 4082 0500     E | 


ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588