June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Grant

Mackay Regional Council are offering a one-off financial assistance grant to not-for-profits in our region who have been impacted by COVID-19.  

$1.2 million is on offer to support clubs and groups who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Applicants can apply for up to $5000 to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  Funding is available across three categories based on the turnover of the organisations and the level of impact from the pandemic to the values of up to $1000, up to $2000 and up to $5000.

The grant opens on Thursday, June 25 and will close on Friday, July 10.


Queensland Government Return to Play

The Queensland Government Return to Play is a guide for Queensland sport, recreation and fitness industries in getting Queenslanders active, and to restart activities in a staged approach to keep everyone safe, healthy and moving. This staged approach is in line with directions from the National Cabinet and Queensland’s Roadmap to easing restrictions.

For local sporting clubs to resume training in stage two and possibly competitions in stage three (pending State and Federal Government directives), council requires a Return to Play plan to be sent to outlining the steps that the club will take to comply with the Queensland Government Return to Play Checklist and Industry Plans.

Click here for further information on Queensland Government’s Return to Play.

As part of Return to Play, the Queensland Government is helping community sport, recreation and fitness organisations with a range of funding and grants.

COVID SAFE Restart Package

Active in the City

Active in the City is continuing with Time Out Tai Chi, Balance Minder by Leanne Simpson, and Zumba with Elena. Our Active in the City program is a great way to get fit and meet new friends.

An initiative of Mackay Regional Council, this ever-changing program provides a range of exciting physical activities and is free of charge.

All activities cater for varying levels of fitness and ability and are suitable for beginners.

For further information and to register for certain activities visit

Active in the Regions

Active in the Regions program delivered by Live Life Get Active are back in the Park.
Commencing Wednesday, July 1 free cross training sessions to be held at The Field of Dreams, Sarina and Camilleri Park, Blacks Beach.

Registration is essential, for more information visit

Active in the Regions (Activate Your Health) is an initiative proudly funded by Council, North Queensland Sports Foundation and North Queensland Primary Health Network

Virtual Clubs Connect on Facebook

Due to social distancing requirements, we haven’t been able to meet face-to-face, instead we will bring the clubs to you virtually over the coming weeks as we return to play!

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Volunteers Portal

Mackay Community Directory has a  Volunteers Portal

This will provide an opportunity for your organisation, group or sporting club to list their volunteer needs. These vacancies are then displayed along with your organisation’s details on Mackay Community Directory Volunteers Portal.

Volunteers are able to search local volunteer jobs by category, organisation or keyword.    

For more information on volunteer job ads visit here.

For a step by step guide on how to create a volunteer job ad click here.

Council's junior sporting grants

Mackay Regional Council is proud to support the community with a variety of grant and funding opportunities.

Council's sporting grants aim to provide financial assistance toward the cost of team levies, registration, uniforms, travel and other costs associated with junior sports persons participating in national and international competitions. This grant is offered all year round.

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Tool to find funding opportunities – Funding Finder

Have you checked out Funding Finder lately?  Pop on and check out the new "disaster grant" button that will provide a quick list of all recovery grants on offer.

Funding Finder is a one-stop-shop for grants from across the nation.  It is an easy-to-use search engine for all the business and community grants on offer now and coming up.

To find Funding Finder, look under the Community tab on the Mackay Regional Council website or click below.
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Council community grants

Council’s Community Grant Program aims to provide assistance to local community groups/organisations who make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Local Government area.

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My Community Directory and Diary

Do you represent a club or organisation that provides sporting or recreational activities?

Help us promote local activities towards improving health and well-being and connecting communities by listing on the Mackay Community Directory. Here’s seven reasons why you should list:

  • It’s FREE and simple
  • Publish and promote your organisation to your community
  • Stay up-to-date! Edit or update your listing at any time
  • Add events – open days, sports day sign-ons – to the diary
  • Keep connected! Social media feed integrates into your listing
  • Get information on the go – use the Access My Community app
  • Need help with your listing? Help desk support Monday - Friday, 8am-7pm.
List your club/organisation
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