Current Grants and Funding

Below is a list of grant and funding opportunities which may be of interest to your organisation. To access further information in regards to any of these grants, click on the link provided.

All Community Groups and members are encouraged to take advantage of any free Grant Writer’s workshops provided by Council. 

Useful Apps & Online tools

2017 CUP Community Grants - Sports Round Now Open

Applications for the Charles Sturt University (CSU) 2017 Community-University Partnerships (CUP) Community Grants program are sought from community, sporting organisations and educational institutions.

Anzac Community Grants Program. 

The Anzac Community Grants Program provides small grants for a range of projects that commemorate and educate New South Wales communities about the service and sacrifices of current and former military servicemen and women. Projects which support activities benefitting the NSW veteran community are also eligible for funding. The 2017 / 2018 grants program will open shortly.

Small grants of up to $2,000 will be provided to  educational institutions, ex-service organisations, community groups, local government associations, museums and historical societies.  

For more information about the Anzac Community Grants Program, please contact Veterans’ Affairs on (02) 9228 4710 or by email

Arts Grant


Applications are invited from organisations, partnerships and groups in regional NSW for new projects or significant development of current projects.

Grants of up to $150,000 over two years are available for projects which can commence after 1 January 2017 and be completed by 31 December 2018.

Further information and application forms are available at: Applicants must complete the Application Form in conjunction with the Information for Applicants, which contains detailed information about eligibility criteria, ineligible costs and how to submit the form.

Arts Projects Program

Funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.

 Community Heritage Grants

 The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

Community Presenter Touring Grant

The Grant is designed to broaden access to professional productions to audiences in regional and remote NSW, and local councils, community groups, professional arts organisations as well as artists themselves area all encouraged to apply. Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production.

For more information:

Applications open on August 28,  2017. Closes September 15, 2017 for projects between 1 January, 2017 and 31 December, 2019.  



The Saluting Their Service (STS) grants program is designed to preserve our wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of activities and projects that highlight the sacrifice and service of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation. 

For this and other Grant Funding available from DVA, please visit: 

Environmental Grant

Grants of between $100,000 and $1,000,000 are available for councils, groups of councils, non-government organisations, not-for-profit organisations (must comply with the ATO’s definition ) and private businesses/industry.

EPIC Community Grant

EPIC’s Community Grant program aims to help build more accessible, inclusive, and healthier Australian communities.

Festival Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund

As of 1 July 2015 this program is administered by the Ministry for the Arts. This program supports costs to produce and present arts activities or projects at festivals in regional and remote Australia. For all enquiries about new applications and existing contracts please contact the Ministry for the Arts by phone on 1800 590 577 or by email at:

FIAL Project Fund

The FIAL’s Project Fund supports innovation projects that encourage collaboration between small and large businesses in the food and agribusiness sector, to lift productivity and competitiveness.


FRRR – Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grants

Grants to support innovation and social impact - Addresses pressing and persistent social issues facing communities– closes 23 June;

Innovation for Community Impact

Heritage Activation Program Grant Applications 2nd Round Funding now open

The grants are designed to increase public enjoyment of local heritage, such as physical works for better public access, public programming, strategy development and business planning. Open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan, Applications under the Local Heritage Strategic Projects are open year round subject to available funding, and are open from now until Monday 21 April. All eligible individuals or groups are encouraged to apply and please contact the Heritage Near Me team with any questions. For more information and to apply, visit the Heritage Near Me Incentives program web page link:    To contact the Heritage Near Me phone: 02 9873 8544 or email:

Heritage Near Me Incentives Program

The Heritage Near Me incentives program has been developed to complement current State Heritage funding programs. It provides funding opportunities and support directly to owners and managers of local heritage items.

The three grant stream opportunities are: Heritage Activation Grants, Heritage Green Energy Grants and Local Heritage Strategic Projects Grants.

Infrastructure Grants

Liquor & Gaming NSW offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building,

renovation and fitout of infrastructure. Funding is available for sport and recreation, arts

and cultural infrastructure, and projects that enhance facilities used to shelter communities

and provide emergency services.

 Applications Close - Feb 2018 Round – 19 February 2018 & May 2018 Round – 21 May 2018

KNSWB Community Litter Grants - Grants of up to $5,000 available to community groups

KNSWB will run a series of Community Litter Grants Information Forums across NSW in August and September to assist community organisations

and groups learn more about the EPA’s Community Litter Grants Program.

Information about the Grants Program including information session dates and RSVP can be viewed on the KNSWB website

Local Arts and Cultural Facilities Funding

Up to $60,000 is currently available through Regional Capital funding for projects that improve local arts and cultural facilities, such as local galleries, museums and theatres.

Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program

The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs the

opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

 Applications Close 20 December 2017

NAVA Grants

NAVA offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners.

NSW Community Safety Fund 2018

 Providing funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and

stamp out anti-social behaviour.                                                                                                                                                                                

 Applications Close: 20 December 2017


The Office of Environment and Heritage

We’re a helping hand for individuals, communities, organisations and businesses making a difference to our State’s environment and heritage.


PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation

Provides grants to promote and encourage music and the performing arts.


Quad Bike Safety Rebate

Farmers, residing in NSW, who own a business that is registered in NSW as producing goods or providing services in NSW, with less than 20 full-time workers (or equivalent), and farming as their main source of income are now entitled to rebates to improve Quad bike safety.

RASF VET Scholarships

VET (Vocational Education and Training) Scholarships are available to support individuals in NSW who demonstrate a passion for rural and commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW. Scholarships of up to $5,000 for full-time study or up to $2,500 for part-time study are available. Applications open annually in October and close in January.


RDA – Regional Development Australia – Riverina

Regional Arts NSW

Quick Response Grants (‘Quicks’) offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.


Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.

The NSW Government recognises the important role sport plays in the lives of regional communities, both as participants and as fans, and the new Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund is set to improve both experiences with purpose-built infrastructure and upgrades.

For more information:

Application Open 7th August 2017 The fund remains open to applications year-round.

Regional Cultural Fund

The NSW Government’s $100 million Regional Cultural Fund supports local communities to create bold and exciting arts and cultural infrastructure that reflects the rich diversity of regional areas.  The  Regional Cultural Fund has been established to ensure regional NSW receives its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure and the associated recreational and educational benefits.

There are four categories of funding:

Small scale regional cultural infrastructure (under $60,000)

Medium scale regional cultural infrastructure ($60,000 to $1 million)

Large scale regional cultural infrastructure (over $1 million)

Operational Grants. Regional Cultural Fund Link

Expressions of interest open: Monday 17 July 2017 Expressions of interest close: Midnight (AEST), Monday 4 September 2017

Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants

The NSW Environmental Trust has various grant funding for projects open from time to time. To see what is currently open please visit this link:

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

The RASF will consider ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefit will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, well-connected with other local leaders and have a good understanding of the issues affecting their community. Applications open annually in October and close in December. 

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation 2018 Community Futures Grants

 The RASF is offering an opportunity for community-minded people to be awarded up to

$25,000 in funding for a community project in their local area.

 Applications Close: 14 January 2018.

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia.

Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.  

For more information: Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

Applications for Round 32 open 14 August and close 27 September 2017.

Sports Grant

 The Australian Sports Foundation continues to build awareness in the sports sector of the importance of partnerships involving sport, business and the broader community. To reinforce this, the work of the Australian Sports Foundation has been named the Fundraising4Sport program(F4S). Through contact with sporting clubs, associations, national bodies and schools, and through establishing links with local government and community bodies, it has worked to promote understanding of the benefits of its tax deductible services and to develop a ‘self-determinant’ culture within organisations. - See more at:

The below provides links to various sources of financial assistance to community groups


Stronger Country Communities Fund

The fund represents a major investment in local infrastructure for regional communities to enhance their attractiveness as places to live and work.

For more information:

Applications open Wednesday August 16 and will run until Wednesday 13 September.

Waste Grants

Grants under the Waste Less, Recycle More - now open, go to:

Westpac Foundation Community Grants

 200 Westpac Foundation Community Grants, worth $10,000 each, will be awarded to local, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big (or small) ideas that are providing educational opportunities, employment pathways or improvements in the quality of life of disadvantaged Australians in our local communities.

Youth Grant

HEYWIRE IS... young regional Australians telling it like it is and making a difference