Community grants program

Mackay Airport is proud to contribute to the growth of our community – and what better way than to provide much needed financial assistance to our hardworking not-for-profits? Each month, applications will be accepted from community groups for a $1000 cash grant to help fund a specific project, event or equipment purchase.

Grants will be delivered across a range of key areas that we believe are important for the growth and sustainability of our wonderful community:

  • Health and wellbeing > Initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of the Mackay region, including education and awareness on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and making that achievable for everyone.
  • Safety > Initiatives to improve the safety of the Mackay region, including personal and workplace safety measures.
  • Education > Initiatives to provide educational opportunities for the Mackay region or to upskill the organisation’s members.
  • Environment > Initiatives that provide protection and/or awareness about protecting our environment.
  • Arts and culture > Initiatives that support and celebrate the Mackay region’s artistic and cultural community.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander > Initiatives that support and celebrate the Mackay region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Community care > Initiatives that are focused on providing a benefit to the Mackay region.


Is your organisation eligible to apply?

Your not-for-profit organisation is eligible to apply if you fall within the following criteria:

  • Registered not-for profit / Incorporated organisation
  • Operate within the Mackay Regional Council Local Government Area
  • Hold appropriate insurances for the organisation’s operation
  • Demonstrate sound health and safety practices and standards
  • Are applying for a grant to help fund a specific project, event or equipment purchase
  • Have not received an ‘I Fly Mackay’ grant in the previous 12-month period


The following organisations are not eligible to apply:

  • Individuals
  • Political parties
  • Government entities (except for schools)
  • Commercial sponsorships
  • Religious groups (except for projects that support a non-religious purpose)
  • Retrospective requests (ie for projects or events that have already occurred)
  • Debt retirement, budget deficits, endowments or bequest programs
  • General fundraising appeals
  • Entities that do not meet the set eligibility criteria


How can you apply for a $1000 cash grant?

To be eligible for consideration, all grant applications must be submitted online through the Mackay Airport website.  Applications open on 1st and close on 21st of each month.


What happens once you apply?

The winner is published on this page under Mackay Airport Community Grant Winners.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

Successful applicants will be notified and will have a few items to check off as part of the grant acquittal process:

  • Book a time to receive your funds – and get a photo with us to celebrate!
  • Complete the ‘I Fly Mackay community grant acquittal form’ – including supplying receipts for purchases made with your grant
  • Provide a minimum of 4-5 images of the project/event/equipment purchase that the grant helped to fund – we’d love to see how you went
  • If invited, participate in a media opportunity to promote your organisation’s grant and what it’s supported
  • Provide recognition to Mackay Airport for their support – tag us in a Facebook post, mention us in your newsletter – we all know a little thank you can go a long way



Mackay Airport Community Grant Round Winners

As an Aged Care Facility, Nanyima staff provide their residents with opportunities to be active in the community, and pursue pastimes that interest them. The grant application was initiated by the facility’s Diversional Therapist, for the purchase of a projector and DVD player. With many residents having mobility issues, this equipment enables them, their family members, volunteers and community members to watch a movie together, without having to travel into town.
Walkerston Cricket Club provides inclusive sporting and social opportunities to the broader residents of Mackay, in particular Walkerston and the Pioneer Valley. The club has enjoyed significant growth in the 2017/18 season, partially due to the introduction of Women’s cricket.

Initially kicking off the season with two Women’s teams, developmental training regimes introduced by experienced coaching personnel has seen a growth in engagement, resulting in a third team forming during the season. The instigation of a fourth grade men’s team has been vital in transitioning juniors into the senior competition, ensuring that younger players continue to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle into their senior years. In response to the influx of new members and a commitment to maintaining a high-quality training environment, the club has committed significant funds to improve lighting and training nets, and is seeking assistance to purchase match weight senior cricket balls to be used across all grades.

The Walkerston Cricket Club believes that by providing an inclusive environment with quality facilities and equipment, more players will be attracted to the game, resulting in an overall improvement in the health and wellbeing of our community.
In 2007, Israel Cora at the age of 25, was tragically killed while working on a council drainage project on Broadsound Road.

On his 10 year anniversary his family and friends created a memorial football team to celebrate his life and to raise awareness of the importance of Workplace Health and Safety. Since then, Hunters have competed in the annual Mackay Indigenous Rugby League Carnival, a two day event showcasing the talent of local indigenous sportsmen and women.

This year to help promote a healthy lifestyle in the local community, Hunters have opened their training sessions to the broader community and have plans to form U15 and U17 teams in the future. They have been overwhelmed with the response and will use the funds to purchase additional training equipment to accommodate the increase in participants. This initiative is testament to the great strength of Israel’s family and friends, who have out of tragedy, bonded together to promote positivity and Workplace Health and Safety awareness throughout our community.

The Mackay Hospital Foundation’s (MHF) role is to fill the gap in government funding to ensure our local hospitals continue to deliver unsurpassed health services. Through fostering strong community partnerships, MHF raises funds to provide :

  • Innovative health services
  • Modern state-of-the-art equipment
  • Medical and health technology
  • Support services for patients and staff
  • Staff education, training and research
  • Valuable community based volunteer programs

Helping local families on their childhood heart disease journey

Childhood heart disease causes significant emotional, physical and financial stress to many local families, especially when a child is required to undergo regular testing and treatment. Frequent trips to Brisbane can turn family life upside down as parents juggle caring for sick children and their siblings, working and running a household.

MHF is raising $130,000 to purchase a dedicated Echocardiography Ultrasound machine for Mackay Base Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Care Service. This equipment will provide patients with first-rate care right here in Mackay.

Sarina Surf Life Saving Club’s (SSLC) mission is to operate as a proactive and effective body within the Sarina community, providing best practice lifesaving services, education, sport, beach safety advocacy and community leadership. From October to March each year SSLC provides beach patrol at Sarina Beach as well as roving patrols of Grasstree Beach, Campwin Beach and Johnson’s Inlet. Last summer, the club’s dedicated patrolling members provided 3500 hours, performed 4 rescues, assisted 80 first aid incidents and undertook 955 preventative measures to keep over 8000 beachgoers safe.

SSLC provides First Aid not only on patrolled beaches, but members also volunteer at various community events throughout the year. The club will use grant funds to purchase a Defibrillator Training System to enable instructors to assist members to become proficient in the use of a defibrillator as part of First-Aid training, compulsory for all patrolling members. SSLC’s primary objective is to have 0 preventable deaths in its patrol zone in the 2018/19 season.

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Community Accommodation and Support Agency (CASA) is a nationally recognised non-government Not for Profit community organisation delivering housing and housing support to the Mackay Regional Council area. It has been operating for over 30 years and is well respected within the community. CASA is unique in Mackay in that it combines housing provision with housing support services in the one organisation.

CASA's Home and Community Care workers travel quite a distance to attend and assist their clients. Having a reliable mobile phone will enhance the workplace health and safety of our workers by enabling them to contact another worker or call the office and/or emergency services in an emergency situation.