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.

Updated 7-5-18

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

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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:

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is offering amazing Australians doing great things the chance to share in $1million in grants. Individuals of all ages, abilities and interests who need help to reach a goal with community impact.

Apply before 4pm (AEST) on 17 May 2018.

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:

Eco Schools Grants

To fund environmental management projects that assist schools with environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community.  Eco Schools’ projects provide hands-on curriculum-based environmental education focussing on strong student participation.

All registered schools in NSW are eligible to apply. Projects working primarily with students with special needs are encouraged.

For more information

The Eco Schools Program is now open to applications and will close on 3pm Monday 18 June 2018.

Environmental Grant

Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) administers a number of funding programs and initiatives as well as being the recipient of funding for specific projects. 

For more information of grant availability keep an eye on this site:

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:

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.

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 Heritage Grants Program is designed to help owners, managers and communities to know, value and care for their heritage.  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 - May 2018 Round – 21 May 2018

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).

See link below for further information on current funding

National Shed Development Programme (NSDP)

The Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) has administered the Australian Government National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) on behalf of the Australian Government since 2010. 

The aim of the Programme through the provision of direct financial assistance is to:

  • Support health improvements through a focus on the social determinants of health through national activities in relation to key population groups such as men
  • Assist to address the health and wellbeing of the Shed members
  • Deliver activities and programmes
  • Improve facilities and the sustainability of Men’s Sheds across Australia

For more information

Applications Close Friday 8 June 2018

NSW-Israel Research and Development and Technological Innovation Program

The NSW-Israel Research and Development (R&D) and Technological Innovation Program provides one-off matched financial grants of up to $250,000 to assist NSW and Israeli entities cooperate on joint R&D projects. The collaborative projects should advance market-driven, new and innovative products for the global market, while also having the potential to contribute to economic growth, skills development and job creation.

Applications are invited from all industry sectors and business entities.

For more information  Innovation & Research Grant Information

 Applications                 Open 19th March 2018

                                    Close 7th June 2018

NSW Government Office of Sport - Grants

Each year the Office of Sport provides millions in government grants to nurture sporting talent, help build sports facilities and develop the industry as a whole.

NAVA Grants

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

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.

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:

This round Applications Closed 4th May 2018

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.

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.

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)

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:

Youth Grant

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