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.


Regional Arts NSW Quick Response grants

These Quick Response Grants are designed to support the immediate needs of regional artists where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example, access to professional development, skills development or small project opportunities that arise at short notice.

Regional Arts NSW Quick Response Grants will now be delivered monthly from February to November and all applications will be competitively assessed at the end of each month, you will not be advised about your grant application until five days after the end of each month. There are also changes to the amount you can apply for under this program. Individuals can apply for up to $3000, organisations can apply for up to $5000. There is no minimum grant amount.  There is a limited amount in this funding pool, so please ensure your budgets are accurate and you are only applying for the amount that you actually need.

The Quick Response Grants will continue to support immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example taking up professional development, skills development or small project opportunities at short notice.



Strengthening Rural Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. 

Three funding streams are available:

  1. Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC): grants up to $10,000 to respond to ongoing impacts and recovery from the COVID pandemic;
  2. Bushfire Recovery: grants up to $25,000 for 2019/20 bushfire recovery; and
  3. Small & Vital: grants up to $10,000 for broad initiatives that strengthen local people, places, and climate solutions with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Round 14 applications close 5pm 30 August 2022.


Multi-sport Community Facility Fund

The NSW Government has committed $200 million to the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund, recognising the critical role local sport infrastructure plays in keeping communities healthy, active and connected.

The primary objectives of the Fund are to: 

  • Increase the number and type of multi-sport facilities across NSW 
  • Improve the standard of existing multi-sport facilities across NSW 
  • Increase the utilisation of sport facilities  
  • Support the equitable provision of, and access to multi-sport facilities to grow sport participation for women and girls 
  • Provide inclusive and accessible multi-sport facilities that support sport participation for people with disability, First Nations peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

Secondary objectives of the Fund are to:

  • Establish a diversified funding model 
  • Improve operational sustainability  
  • Promote and incorporate environmental sustainability and climate resiliency into design, construction and operation. 

Applications close 1pm Friday 2 September 2022 with outcomes advised from November 2022.


Local Heritage Places Grants Program open for 2022/2023

Upper Lachlan Shire Council has established a Local Heritage Places Grant Fund to provide grants to owners of heritage items or places of heritage significance within the Shire. The Program is proudly funded by Upper Lachlan Shire Council with funding from the NSW Government.

Owners or tenants are invited to apply for assistance under the Local Heritage Places Grants Program.

Priority for funding will be given to heritage items listed in Schedule 5 of the Upper Lachlan Local Environmental Plan 2010 (LEP).

Grant applications will close at 4.00pm Tuesday 11 October 2022 and all successful heritage fund projects must be completed by Friday 21 April 2023. For every $1 spent by the applicant, Council will supplement that amount with $1, up to the maximum grant amount, however successful applicants may provide their own additional funding to the project.

Funding cannot be provided if the specific project for which the funding has been applied for commenced prior to the grant funding approval being given.

Proposed projects should be discussed with Council’s Senior Town Planner, Mrs Dianne James, prior to submission of the application to ensure the proposal meets these guidelines and is appropriate for heritage conservation or restoration of the building or place.

With the support of NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Heritage Council of NSW, Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s Local Heritage Places Grant Program proposes to consider grants on a dollar for dollar value basis from $300 to $7,000. Depending on the quality and number of applications, it is at Council’s discretion to offer differing amounts of grants.

Further information, including  the Local Heritage Places Grant Guidelines 2022-2023 and ULSC Local Heritage Places Grant Application Form 2022/2023, can be found on Council’s web site at the following link:


Biala Wind Farm Community Fund 2022/2023

Upper Lachlan Shire Council advises that the Biala Wind Farm Community Fund Funding Round will open for applications from Monday 29 August 2022 and close at 5.00pm on Friday 14 October 2022.

The Biala Wind Farm Community Fund aims to support initiatives that benefit the local community through projects and initiatives proposed by members of the community through registered or incorporated not for profit organisations that contribute to neighbouring communities within 5kms of the wind farm or, if no suitable community purpose is available with 5kms, then within 20km of a wind turbine on the Biala Wind Farm.

For all details, guidelines and application forms, please follow this link:

Applications opened Monday 29 August 2022 and close at 5.00pm on Friday 14 October 2022.


Veolia Mulwaree Trust Kickstart 2022

Funding for community groups

Applications are now being accepted for the Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s third funding round of 2022.

Apply for support for your community organisation or project before 21 September.

For all enquiries and further information contact the Veolia Mulwaree Trust office on 02 48222786 or email

Applications close 21 September 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 2 close Monday 13 February 2023 @ 5pm


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