Current Grants and Funding Opportunities

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. 

Updated 12 December 2018

Active Kids Guidelines

To register as a provider in the Active Kids program you must deliver a structured sport or activity program of at least eight weeks' duration and be a:

Arts Grant

Create NSW offers direct funding to organisations, artists, practitioners and arts and cultural workers through the Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP).

The program funds everything from multiyear programs to one-off projects and professional development opportunities, across visual arts, museums and history, literature, performing arts, music and more. For more information please visit:

Conservation Partners Grants 

Conservation Partners Grants are now available on an ongoing basis. All existing BCT agreement holders that do not receive annual conservation management payments are eligible to apply for grants.

Grants can assist landholders to maintain the ecological values of their properties. For example, a landholder may need funding to manage a weed outbreak or repair a fence to exclude stock.

For more information


Program opened 16th  May 2018 & now available on an ongoing basis.

Festival Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund

This program supports costs to produce and present arts activities or projects at festivals in regional and remote Australia. The Australian Government provides approximately $1.2 million each financial year for the Festivals Australia program. Closing dates for applications are advertised on the Department of Communications and the Arts website:

To enquire about new applications & existing contracts please contact the Ministry for the Arts: Phone: 1800 590 577 or Email:

For and A to Z list of funding opportunities visit:

Festivals Australia delivers 2 funding rounds usually closing in September and March each year. 

FRRR – Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grants

FRRR has a number of Grants that open at different times of the year, most of their Grants are recurrent, and generally offered the same time each year.

The Grants calendar allows you to check the current status of each program and the respective opening and closing dates.

Follow link for calendar, including how to apply.

NOW OPEN: The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. Currently open for applications, visit this website :

Round 12 now open, applications must be received by 5 February 2019.

Heritage Near Me Incentives Program

Providing funding opportunities & support directly to owners and managers of local heritage items. The program runs from 2016 to 2019. $16 million is available over the life of the program.

The 3 grant stream opportunities are: Heritage Activation Grants, Heritage Green Energy Grants and Local Heritage Strategic Projects Grants, and is supported by a dedicated Heritage Near Me Roadshow team. 

For information about grant opportunities for items listed on the State Heritage Register, please visit the Heritage grants page.

Infrastructure Grants

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fitout of infrastructure, funding arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that enhance facilities used to shelter communities and provide emergency services.

NSW Government’s Clubgrants Category 3 Fund reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects. For updates on funding opportunities subscribe to the Funding mailing list . If you need assistance please phone (02) 9995 0992 or email to

Local Arts and Cultural Facilities Funding

Create NSW offers direct funding to organisations, artists, practitioners and arts and cultural workers through the Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP).

For further information on current funding click on this link:

NSW Government Office of Sport - Grants

This Annual Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation. There are four project types within the Program. For information on successful applications from the 2018/19 round (closed in August 2018) or for opening of future rounds visit:

Other key grant programs and resources that support sport and recreation projects include:

·         ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund

·         Community Building Partnership Program

·         Community Development Grants Program

·         Stronger Communities Program

·         Funding opportunities for community groups

·         Sport NSW

NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts)  Grants

NAVA offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners. This grant operates in quarterly rounds.  Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in May, June, July, August 2019 only.

Applications for this round close 23:59 AEDST Sunday 20 January 2019. 

Read more & apply online at:

PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation

Provides grants to promote and encourage music and the performing arts.The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and  must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;

  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;

  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;

  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

For more information on the PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation, contact us on (02) 8569 1100 or visit:


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.

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.


The NSW Government is investing an additional $1.3 billion in regional infrastructure to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services in communities, through the new Regional Growth Fund.

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.

The $100 million Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund (RSIF) is open for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from eligible regional applicants for project grants between $1 million and $10 million.

The fund aims to create spaces and places that enable communities to enjoy quality sport and participate in physical activities at all levels. It will invest in new and existing venues to improve the quality and quantity of sports infrastructure across regional NSW.

For more information:

The fund remains open to applications year-round.for expressions of interest

- Connecting Country Communities

To invest in communications infrastructure and deliver improved regional voice and data connectivity. This fund will build and upgrade mobile base stations, connect businesses to global markets and schools with innovative learning resources.

- Growing Local Economies

To develop the enabling infrastructure to grow regional centres. This fund will invest in the crucial projects needed to support job creation and economic growth in regional NSW.

RAS Foundation Community Kitchen

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is giving rural and regional NSW community organisations the chance to receive kitchen cabinetry and appliances worth more than $20,000 to create a community kitchen.The RAS Foundation invites rural and regional community organisations to apply and tell us how their community would benefit from a new kitchen. The successful applicant needs to demonstrate how a new kitchen will benefit their local community. Applications will open 19 November 2018

For Info and How to apply visit: 

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.

RASF Community Futures Grant

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (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.

Taking part is easy:

  • Identify a need in your rural NSW community

  • Partner with a local community organisation

  • Create a project plan for your initiative 

 Applications will open 19 November 2018

Visit the website: RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant Information & Applications

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)

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) with the help of FRRR - Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal 

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. 

Applications are now open, visit:


Youth Innovation Grants (FRRR ABC Heywire) 

HEYWIRE IS... young regional Australians telling it like it is and making a difference. FRRR and donor partners collaborate with ABC Heywire to help communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit. To learn more about HEYWIRE & future opportunities 


Youth Opportunities Program

Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on giving young people the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including life skills and healthy behaviors; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and providing volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $9 million in funding to 177 projects across NSW. 2018 Applications are closed. For a list of organisations and their projects funded in 2017 click here

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

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