External Funding/Grants

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Starlight’s Wish Granting program is available to children and teens dealing with long term, chronic health conditions. Starlight Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, including travel wishes, hero wishes, experience wishes, and gift wishes. Referrals need to be made by a health professional.

To find out more about the Wish Granting Program visit https://starlight.org.au/starlight-wish  and a Family Relationship Coordinator will contact you.

Make a Wish Foundation

Children between the ages of 3 and 18 with a life threatening medical condition are eligible to receive a wish. Children are welcome to fill out the form themselves; however, it must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Find out more here

Variety – the Children’s Charity

Variety – the Children’s Charity supports kids and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with a disability.

Our work allows kids to gain mobility, to get out and about in the community, to communicate, achieve independence and increase their self-esteem. We make sure the kids who miss out, can always join in. Find out more here

Aussie Kids Charity

The Inclusive Kids Fund is a Sunshine Coast charity that aims to provide much needed funds that will create better inclusion into community life for children that would otherwise be isolated through poverty, family breakdown, disability or severe illness. This fund targets young individuals aged 0-18 years; fast tracking immediate financial support not covered by other forms of funding. Find out more here

Little Legends Foundation

The Little Legends Foundation operates with the charitable purpose of providing aid and support to Australian children suffering from chronic illnesses, a range of different disabilities and disadvantages.

The Little Legends Foundation is able to bring positivity, love and happiness at a time when it’s needed the most! We achieve this by granting a helping hand, providing activities, entertainment and hosting events for our Little Legends. Find out more here

Variety Queensland Grants

If you or someone you know needs a helping hand, visit Variety Queensland Grants.

Variety provide individual grants to help kids and families facing challenges, by giving them access to such items as Medical Equipment, Mobility Equipment, Communication Devices, Learning Aids and Wigs. 

Youngcare’s Home Support Grant

Support to stay at home or move home​.

The Youngcare Home Support Grants are available for individuals aged between 16 and 65 who have a physical disability and who need essential funding to either remain living at home or move back home from inappropriate housing such as Aged Care.​

The Youngcare Home Support Grant provides up to $10,000 ($20,000 in extreme situations) for essential equipment, home modifications and services,  and household items and utilities.​

Youngcare’s Home Support Grant can provide funding where there are critical gaps in an NDIS participant’s plan, but there is still clear evidence of need. The grant also seeks to bridge the gap in essential services and support for families in need, during the transitional period while they gain access to the NDIS.​

For more information click here

Hand Heart Pocket – The Charity of Freemasons Queensland

The Hand Heart Pocket Benevolence Assistance Program provides individuals and families with a hand up in times of exceptional need, including those affected by a natural disaster or life-changing event. Benevolence Assistance is available to all qualifying members of the community. For more information click here.

Dylan Alcott Foundation

The Dylan Alcott Foundation is a charitable organization with the core purpose of helping young Australians with disabilities gain confidence, fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams. For more information click here.​

CFR.I.S.E Responsibility.Independence.Self-care.Education.

CF R.I.S.E. helps people with CF gain the knowledge and skills they need as they grow up to more independently manage their CF. Our flexible toolset is designed for people with CF to use with their caregivers and care teams to support the transition from pediatric to adult care. For more information click here.​

Ronald McDonald Family Retreats

Six holiday retreats throughout Australia are available for families of children with a serious illness. For more information click here.​

Uniting Care

Uniting Care provides support such as counselling and wellbeing, family support, homeless support.  For more information visit here.

Little Windmills

When kids from remote, rural and regional Australia are doing it tough little windmills steps in to lend a hand.​

They financially assist families who have children who are seriously sick, injured or have special needs.  By subsidising medical costs, travel and accommodation as well as providing essential equipment and services, they relieve some of the financial burden on families and allow mums and dads to focus on what’s important, the wellbeing of their little one.  For more information click here.

Aspirations4Kids in Sport

Aspirations4Kids in Sport assists Queensland School children who face unique challenges of hardship, disability, chronic illness and remote living issues.  They fund Queensland school students facing hardship who are aged 10 – 19  and enrolled in State, Catholic or Independent school so they can play their chosen sport.  Events that are funded must be aligned with Queensland School Sport, School Sport Australia or as result of a school sport pathway selection. Find out more here.

Aussie Kidz Charity

Aussie Kidz Charity grants can be applied for to provide your child, under the age of 18, with specialised equipment and services such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc. You may only apply once per year per child. For more information click here.

Magpie Creek Farmstay

Magpie Creek is a working thoroughbred farmstay, located about an hour’s drive south of Brisbane. Enjoy the natural attractions of the Lamington National Park or the Cedar Creek Falls. Click here for more information about Magpie Creek.

Contact Jenny and mention that you are a Cystic Fibrosis Queensland member to receive the discount.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust is a one-time only grant to assist with essential needs during an unexpected crisis. Applications must be made through a social worker. A detailed list of all of your income and expenses is required on the application form.

No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)

No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.

NILS is offered by 170 local community organisations in over 600 locations across Australia. Chances are there’ll be a local NILS provider near you or one who can help over the phone.​

To be eligible for NILS you must have a healthcare or pension card, earn under $45,000, have lived in your current residence for three months, and have a willingness and capacity to repay the loan. There are no credit checks.​

NILS is a leading example of Circular Community Credit. When a borrower makes a repayment, those funds then become available to someone else in the community. Clients recognise that repaying their loan means someone else is given the same opportunity they were – consequently, the repayment rate is constantly 95 to 97 per cent. 

Find your local provider and make an appointment by phoning 13 64 57 or visit https://nils.com.au/

Career Development Service

If you are at a career crossroad, seeking a change in direction or simply wanting to explore information about a potential pathway then this service could be for you​

Members can choose from a range of packages and all sessions will be led by an experienced Career Counsellor all of whom are approved by the Career Development Association of Australia. Topics available include: Career Confidence, Goals and Direction. To make your first appointment contact services@cfqld.org.au

Steve Waugh Foundation

The Steve Waugh Foundation (‘the Foundation’) will support children and young adults aged 0-25 years who have a rare disease with a prevalence of at least 2:100,000.

You must be an Australian Citizen or an Australian permanent resident of at least five years to gain assistance from the Foundation. To read more, view their website.