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Economic Development Grants Program

$5,000 per year is available for eligible individuals and organisations
Round Two 2016/2017 opened on February 6 and closes on March 10, 2017.

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

  • Indigenous tourism initiatives
  • Inspiring innovation, entrepreneurship and start up capability
  • Utilising digital technology including NBN to enhance economic opportunities

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.


Community Development Grants ProgramApplications openApplications close
Round 1, 2016/2017 September 12, 2016 October 21, 2016
Round 2, 2016/2017 February 6, 2017 March 10, 2017

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 4069 5444     E | 


ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4069 5444