When developing the community grants policy and allocating grants under the policy, the local government and councillors must comply with the local government principles contained in section 4 of the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010 which are:

  1. transparent and effective processes, and decision making in the public interest
  2. sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services
  3. democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement
  4. good governance of, and by, local government
  5. ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and local government employees.

When local governments are developing their community grants policy they should consider how or whether the policy:

Once the community grants policy has been approved by the local government, the council should undertake meaningful community consultation.

The local government must also make sure the policy is available for inspection by the public at the local government office and on the website.

This toolkit can assist with developing a community grants policy.