Community Fund

for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3

We are thrilled to announce the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 Community Benefit Fund recipients. A total of 10 community groups have received up to $3,000 worth of funding to deliver positive initiatives from Broadbeach south to Burleigh Heads.

Community Fund recipients

  • Volunteering Gold Coast

  • Serving Our People

  • Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

  • Country Women's Association, Mermaid Beach

  • Seed the Ground

  • Mermaid Beach AEME Surf Life Saving Club Inc

  • Friends with Dignity

  • Gold Coast Youth Service

  • Burleigh Heads Community Kindergarten

  • Miami State High School P&C Association

The Community Fund is set up to support valuable grassroots initiatives along the project alignment. This fund is designed to give back to the community, and support projects and organisations that are aligned with the values of project partners.

Projects and initiatives have outlined that they will:

  • demonstrate positive and lasting benefits to Gold Coast community, specifically in the southern part of Broadbeach, in Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami and Burleigh Heads.

  • enhance community operations through programs, infrastructure or equipment.

  • demonstrate they have encouraged or promoted sustainability.

The project team has partnered with Bendigo-Adelaide Bank to administer the Community Fund via their Community Enterprise Foundation.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to apply for the Community Fund.


Who could apply?

Community groups, sporting organisations and not-for-profit groups, located along or providing benefit to the community along the GCLR Stage 3 project alignment (Broadbeach south to Burleigh Heads, near the Gold Coast Highway).

When was the application period?

The application portal opened on Monday 29 January 2024 and closed on Friday 1 March 2024.

What is the total value of the fund?

The total Community Fund for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 is $30,000.

How much could submissions be made for?

Community Fund allocations for successful applicants’ initiatives or projects are delivered in allotments of up to $3,000.

How were the recipients decided?

The Bendigo-Adelaide Bank Community Enterprise Foundation team reviewed applications under the criteria. A panel of project stakeholders assessed the submissions that complied. All applicants have now been advised about the outcome.

Could organisations, clubs or groups not on the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 construction alignment apply?

Organisations located outside of the Broadbeach south to Burleigh Heads alignment could apply if their submission benefits the community in the areas along the alignment. Groups and organisations located outside the alignment area who benefit communities between Broadbeach south and Burleigh Heads were encouraged to apply. Groups and organisations located outside the alignment which do not benefit the community along the alignment were not eligible unfortunately.

When will funds be distributed?

Funds are scheduled to be distributed in mid-2024.

Need more information?

Contact the GCLR Stage 3 Community and Stakeholder Engagement team via email at or phone 1800 312 600 for more information.