Council is always interested in hearing from local community groups and organisations who would like to partner with Council and discuss any ideas or visions they have for the region.

Council may provide assistance with sourcing external grant funding including with assisting with your preparation of a grant application where applicable.

We endeavour to provide community groups with advice on grant programs that meet their needs as they become available.

Grant Funding Finder 

Never miss a grant opportunity again by signing up with Grant Funding Finder!

Council has partnered with one of Australia’s most powerful grant search engines to bring to local businesses and organisations a FREE one stop search engine for business, event and community grants.  Grant Funding Finder gives you access to one of Australia's most comprehensive and up to date funding databases, making grants accessible and easy to find.

Grant Funding Finder features advanced filtering which allows you to narrow down your search by activity, industry, and current & future grants to suit your needs. The website also has other invaluable information and tips for making grant applications.

Follow this link to the Grant Funding Finder web page.


Strengthening Rural Communities - Rebuilding Regional Communities

From February 2022 until February 2024, a special funding stream to support communities adversely affected by the COVID pandemic is available in partnership with the Australian Government.

The Rebuilding Regional Communities stream runs in parallel with our Bushfire Recovery and Small & Vital streams within our flagship Strengthening Rural Communities program.

The Rebuilding Regional Communities stream received grant funding from the Australian Government.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that assist communities to recover from and adapt to the impacts of the COVID pandemic.  Funds can support community-led, place based initiatives that:

  • Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID pandemic for remote, rural and regional communities;
  • Reduce social isolation and foster stronger, more resilient remote, rural and regional communities; and/or
  • Sustain local, regional, rural and remote organisations and their work. 

RRC EOIs due 5pm AEST 12 April 2022

Closes: 5pm AEST 31 May 2022


NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

What is the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund?

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives. The Fund aims to enrich these business events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions, while helping secure successful conferences and events for their future. 

The four streams of the program are:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event – To encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events. 
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event – To assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. The business event should have been held previously in a capital city, interstate or overseas and funding is being sought to bring the event to a regional NSW location.
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event – To support events that are held in regional NSW and may rotate between locations. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.
  4. Support for a Business Event Project – To assist rural and regional NSW to implement business event projects or initiatives aimed at driving growth in the visitor economy of regional NSW. This may take the form of a business event series or roadshow; a specific element of a business event where the main event is being held in a capital city or interstate; or a small-scale infrastructure project designed specifically to support growth in business events.

What level of funding is available?

An Applicant may apply for funding based on the following scale:

  • Up to $15,000 (ex GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)
  • Up to $30,000 (ex GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)

Further details can be found at this link.

Applications submitted prior to 6 pm AEDT Wednesday 1 June 2022 will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis until the funds have been expended. Funding is to be matched dollar-for-dollar by local communities, councils, entrepreneurs, associations, corporations, professional conference organisers or grants received by other local, state or federal government agency. 


Veolia Mulwaree Trust Community Grant Program (over $1,000)

Grant applications may cover a wide range of projects undertaken by not-for-profit community organisations which comply with the​ ​Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s community grants guidelines​.   

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the ​Trust’s funding guidelines​ carefully. Before starting an application, confirm that your organisation is located within an area eligible to apply to the Trust by ​checking this map​.

Organisations are encouraged to view the Trust’s ​recently funded projects​ as a guide to the types of projects which may be successful. Checking these ​frequently asked questions​ ​will also assist prospective applicants. For enquiries relating to the Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s funding programs please contact the office on (02) 4822 2786.

Applications to the Veolia Mulwaree Trust's second funding round of 2022 will open on Tuesday 26th April and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2022.



Community War Memorials Fund

Applications to Round 1 of the 2022/23 Community War Memorials Fund are currently open and close on Monday, 25 July 2022.

The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW. Since the establishment of the program in 2008, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including conservation assessments, honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.

Two application rounds are run each year. The rounds open on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Grant applications are assessed by the State War Memorials Committee which is comprised of senior representatives of the Returned and Services League of Australia NSW Branch (RSL NSW)  Public Works AdvisoryHeritage NSW and the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs.  

The below table outlines key dates for the 2022/23 Community War Memorials Fund application rounds. 

For further information, and link to application process:

  • Applications for Round 1 close Monday 25 July 2022 @ 5pm
  • Applications for Round 2 close Monday 13 February 2023 @ 5pm


Community Building Partnership 2022

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes, while also promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.  
Since 2009, the Community Building Partnership (CBP) program has awarded more than $399 million to over 18,000 projects.  

In 2022, there is a maximum of $400,000 to allocate in each electorate. Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $150,000. The average grant awarded is around $20,000.  

Projects with contributions from their own, or other sources, will be considered favourably. Local councils, including their section 355 committees, are required to provide matched funding to the CBP grants.  

As total funding will be divided equally among the state electorates of NSW, applications will be assessed against other proposed projects within the same electorate.

CBP2022 Round Information

CBP2022 Program Guidelines

Applications close Friday 10 June 2022 at 5pm AEST sharp


Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative 

Improving access to programs and resources to help young people recover, build resilience, strengthen community networks and improve mental health and wellbeing.

The resilience of children and young people has been tested over the past two years by drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19. The $10.3 million Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative will support our young people’s recovery within their regional communities. 

This program has been funded through the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative and the NSW and Commonwealth governments flood and storm Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative will improve access to programs and resources to help children and young people recover, build resilience, strengthen community networks and improve mental health and wellbeing. The funding can be used to deliver a range of activities including community events, peer support programs, mental health training and more.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply to deliver these important programs, events and resources as part of the Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative .

Of the funding available, $1.5 million is available for small grants and $8.8 million is available for larger grants. 

Large grants $10,000 - $50,000 for storm and flood impacted regions
Applications close 31 December 2022

Large grants $10,000 - $50,000 for regional NSW
Applications close 31 December 2022

Small grants under $10,000 for regional NSW
Applications close 31 March 2023