The RACQ Foundation helps community groups impacted by natural disasters throughout Queensland

When a natural disaster strikes, the RACQ Foundation is here to help those in need. Created following a series of natural disasters, the Foundation helps community groups in Queensland recover from severe weather events, other natural disasters and now drought. Since its inception in 2011, more than $7 million has been distributed and over 160 impacted organisations have been supported throughout Queensland.

From Southport, to Cape York, the RACQ Foundation supports community organisations throughout Queensland. View our maps that indicate the locations of community organisations we have assisted so far:

As of 1st February 2016, over 80% of Queensland had been drought declared by the State Government. The RACQ Foundation has recognised this and is now inviting community groups in Queensland who are supporting drought efforts in their area to apply for funding.

Committed to delivering assistance when Queenslanders need it most, the RACQ Foundation welcomes eligible Queensland community groups in need of help to download the online application form. Alternatively, please contact 07 3872 8603 or racqfoundation@racq.com.au if you would like to discuss your application and to find out upcoming application closing dates. 

If you would like to make a donation to the RACQ Foundation Fund, please contact racqfoundation@racq.com.au.

How to apply

Applying for funding from the RACQ Foundation is easy. We welcome applications from Queensland organisations with or without deductable gift recipient (DGR) status.

  1. If you are a community group in Queensland supporting drought efforts download the Drought Application Form (PDF 208KB). 
  2. If you are a community organisation in Queensland affected by all other natural disasters, download the General Application Form (PDF 238KB).
  3. Complete the form by typing directly into the form or printing and writing on the form.
  4. Email or post back to us with supporting documents.  

Download general application form Download drought application form

Successful applications

Over 160 community groups throughout Queensland have been approved for funding from the RACQ Foundation, totalling more than $7.1 million since it was established in 2011. 

Here’s how we have helped community organisations around Queensland:

RACQ helps local community groups with drought recovery efforts

Queensland Country Women's Association received $50,000 from RACQ Foundation to support drought affected Queenslanders through their Public Rural Crisis Fund.

Show goes on after Laidley flood with help from RACQ Foundation
The Laidley community is continuing to enjoy a host of cattle and horse events at the local showgrounds after last year’s floods, thanks to repairs and a $25,000 helping hand from the RACQ Foundation.
No stopping the Goodna Bowls Club despite flood damage
They lost everything and recovery has been slow, but that hasn't stopped the Goodna Bowls Club members from continuing to bowl throughout the challenging aftermath of Queensland's "summer of horror".
RACQ Foundation supports cyclone trauma victims
Hit by two Category Five cyclones in five years has left many people in Far North Queensland suffering from trauma and relying on support agencies such as the Dr Edward Koch Foundation to help them through.
Ipswich residents move home with help from RACQ Foundation
But under the Apprenticeships Queensland program, funded with a $200,000 payment from the RACQ Foundation, apprentices, trainees and local tradespeople were repairing the damage caused by the floods for a total of more than 30 low-income home owners and their families.
Aussie Helpers repairs flooded farms with RACQ Foundation support
Founded by Brian and Nerida Egan 10 years ago to help farmers recover from natural disasters, Aussie Helpers is using $200,000 provided by the RACQ Foundation to help farming families in the Fitzroy Basin, Darling Downs and Surat Basin.
Donation puts little athletes back on track
It was more than a year ago, but Joanna Spyro still remembers how she felt when her beloved Goodna Little Athletics club, which she had managed for the past eight years, was inundated with flood water. Flood waters that ravaged most of the state had washed away more than $100,000 worth of club equipment, most of which was brand new. A donation from the RACQ Foundation has helped replace it.
RACQ Foundation funding helps charity supply food to flood victims
Kingston charity group, Loaves & Fishes Street Meet Care Service, has received a welcome funding boost of $38,220 from the RACQ Foundation, helping it meet a dramatic increase in demand for food parcels following the 2011 floods.
RACQ Foundation nets a $200,000 goal for Brisbane netball association
Around 3000 Brisbane netball players are back on the courts thanks to a $200,000 donation from the RACQ Foundation. The Metropolitan Districts Netball Association received the funding to repair the extensive damage caused by last year’s floods to its Coorparoo headquarters on Brisbane’s eastside.
Queensland Theatre Company frocks up after flood loss
The Queensland Theatre Company is well on the way to replenishing its valuable stockpile of elaborate costumes ruined in the 2011 floods, with a $110,000 contribution from the RACQ Foundation.
Murphy’s Creek Fire Brigade swings back into action

The volunteer fire brigade at the Upper Lockyer township of Murphy’s Creek is ready to tackle emergencies head on from new headquarters built with funding assistance from the RACQ Foundation. A $120,000 RACQ Foundation donation has enabled an extra room for training and meetings to be built into the brigade’s new headquarters, making it bigger and better than the original building, which was inundated during the 2011 floods.

The RACQ Foundation collects information to help with the assessment and management of funding. The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited and its associated entities (RACQ Group) provide administrative services to the RACQ Foundation and, as a result, the information collected will be made available to the RACQ Group. Information will be made available only to areas of the RACQ Group necessary for the purposes of administration, assessment, notification, marketing and promotional activities. Your information will not be disclosed to any other parties unless authorised or required by law.

The RACQ Foundation or its representatives may contact applicants and/or identified referees for more information. Details of successful applications may be used in the RACQ Foundation’s promotional material including media releases, annual reports, brochures and on the RACQ Group website.

Funding is only available to Queensland based community organisations.