Grants

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.


NSW Social Cohesion Grants for Local Government grants

Unsung heroes: Innovation in volunteering.

https://dcj.nsw.gov.au/service-providers/grants/nsw-social-cohesion-grants-for-local-government.html

This program aims to identify social cohesion opportunities and challenges in local communities and support local councils and their community partners to deliver innovative solutions.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Build resilience of local community leaders and groups.
  • Track and measure social cohesion within the local area.
  • Encourage civic engagement and participation.
  • Enhance community cohesion and cultural inclusion.
  • Enhance places and spaces that reflect diverse local character, stories and needs.
  • Build partnerships and networks to strengthen social cohesion within the community.

Round 2 of the program, Unsung heroes: Innovation in volunteering, will focus on new and innovative activities that enhance volunteerism.

Grants between $50,000 and $100,000 (excluding GST) are available. A total funding pool of $500,000 (excluding GST) is available. Only one application per local NSW Council can be submitted for consideration.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities/projects must:

  • Support volunteerism in the applicant’s local community and has demonstrated community support.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the program’s objectives.

Staff-related costs will also be funded. These costs must be directly related to the proposed project. 

Applications close 6 February 2023.


Create NSW – Arts and Cultural Funding Program – Round 2

Provides funding opportunities for arts and cultural organisations, professional artists and arts/cultural workers across a wide range of artforms and disciplines.

Applications are currently open for the following funding rounds.

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. This quick response grant offers grants from $500 to $5,000 towards projects.

Go to Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Need to speak to someone about your application? 

Feel free to book a quick 15 minute pre-application enquiry session via Picktime – please book here

The following Arts and Cultural Funding Program Round Two categories are open for applications. 

Annual Program Funding (for organisations) is provided on an annual basis to support arts and cultural organisations (including Local Government Authorities and service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities.

Go to Annual Program Funding.

Projects Funding (for organisations)
 supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector.

Go to Projects Funding.

Projects Funding (for individuals) supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector.

Go to Projects Funding.

Creative Koori Project Funding (for individuals and organisations) is open to Aboriginal artists, arts and cultural workers, groups, and organisations.

Go to Creative Koori Projects Funding.

What support is available to me?

We have a range of resources including a series of webinars to assist you with your funding application. After reviewing these, you may contact a staff member if you need advice regarding these guidelines between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone: (02) 8289 6520
Email: arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au
Or you may contact staff directly here.


Create NSW – Regional Arts Touring – Round 2

Overview

Regional Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW.

Funding is available for tours of all artforms, including performing arts, music, visual arts, literature, history, museums and multi-arts. Applicants should demonstrate strong audience development and engagement strategies.

It aims to:

  • provide people in regional NSW with access to a high calibre and diverse range of artistic and cultural experiences, no matter where they live.
  • support best practice programming in regional and rural facilities.
  • build audiences by encouraging and promoting regional and local support for arts and culture.
  • build the viability of NSW arts and cultural organisations by developing new markets and audiences.

What can I apply for?

Funding is available for a wide range of touring activity which may include but is not limited to:

  • a Sydney-based dance company touring to three regional NSW destinations and delivering workshops with young people
  • a regional NSW theatre organisation touring a performance to one Western Sydney and two regional NSW locations
  • an artist/curator from Western Sydney touring an exhibition to multiple regional NSW galleries
  • a band touring regional NSW to support an album release.

Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for funding opportunities in this area).

When can I apply for funding? 

Round two

Applications open: 3 February 2023
Applications close: 6 March 2023 at 5pm (AEST).

How much can I apply for?

There is no minimum or maximum funding limits for this category.

Guidelines

The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.

Go to the 2022/23 Regional Arts Touring Guidelines

Apply now

To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system SmartyGrants.

What support is available to me?

We have a range of resources to assist you with your funding application. After reviewing these, you may contact a staff member if you need advice regarding these guidelines between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.


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(link is external))  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: https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/

  • Applications for Round 2 close Monday 13 February 2023 @ 5pm

Community Batteries for Household Solar Program

The $200 million Community Batteries for Household Solar program will enable Australians to store affordable solar energy for use during peak times, and to share excess power with other households in their area.

The Community Batteries for Household Solar program will help households and businesses to:

  • lower electricity bills
  • reduce pressure on the electricity grid for the broader community 
  • help us reach net zero by 2050.

As we ramp up renewable generation, we will need more energy storage to deliver secure and affordable energy for Australian businesses and households.

The Community Batteries for Household Solar program will help to provide this storage by deploying 400 community-scale batteries for up to 100,000 households across Australia. 

This element of the program will enable community and industry groups, businesses, government agencies and research organisations to apply for up to $29 million in grants to install community batteries in specific locations across Australia:

The grant guidelines for the first 58 community batteries are now available at:

  • business.gov.au stream 1: will deliver on the government’s commitments to deploy community batteries in specific locations (56 batteries)
  • business.gov.au stream 2: will deliver on the government’s commitments to deploy community batteries in specific locations by specific project proponents (2 batteries).

We have released the guidelines before the program opens in January 2023 to give interested groups time to develop high-quality applications that demonstrate benefits for communities and value for money. 

Further grant opportunities for community batteries will be offered by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which will develop a program to deliver the remaining 342 batteries of the government’s commitment following a stakeholder consultation process.

https://www.dcceew.gov.au/about/news/community-battery-grant-guidelines-now-available

Closing date: Friday 24 February 2023 5:00pm AEDT


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 regional NSW
Applications close 31 December 2022

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

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