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 6 May 2022 


Active Kids - Sports NSW - Ongoing Program

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.

The Active Kids program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

Voucher 1 is valid January to December and Voucher 2 is valid July to December.

The vouchers may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.

To use a voucher, find a registered activity provider and present your voucher when you sign up.

The Active Kids program is one of more than 70 NSW Government rebates and savings that help with your cost of living.

To learn more about the program, or to apply for a voucher or become a registered provider visit this website: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/active-kids


Australian Government Business Website - Ongoing Funding programs and support for your business 

The Australian Government Business website https://business.gov.au is a whole-of-government website for the Australian business community. It is a simple and convenient entry point for information, services and support to help businesses succeed in Australia. 

At this site via the SEARCH TOOL you will find many links to news, information, grants, services, tools and support from across government to help your business succeed.

Visit the site https://business.gov.au or subscribe to receive news and learn of opportunities as they are announced. 


Community War Memorials Fund - Round 1 applications close 25 July 2022

The objective of the Community War Memorials Fund is the conservation of war memorials across NSW to support community commemoration.

Types of projects that might be funded include Specialist conservation advice for war memorials,  Preservation work, Restoration work and equitable access to or relocation of memorials for public safety.  

Eligible organisations can apply online for grants of up to $10,000 to protect, conserve or repair local war memorials in New South Wales. 

Two rounds of funding are opened and assessed each year: 

Round 1 opens on Anzac Day each year - 25 April - Eligible organisations including local councils and community groups can apply online for grants of up to $10,000 to conserve local war memorials

Round 2 opens on Remembrance Day each year - 11 November

Further information about the Community War Memorials Fund can be found on the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs website at https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/  


Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund Grants - Applications close 31 May 2022

The Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund offers grants to eligible landlords who have provided rent relief to retail or commercial tenants – and have experienced financial hardship as a result.

If you provided rental waivers from 1 August 2021 to 13 January 2022 apply now and you could receive up to $3,000 a month to help cover the cost. 

Find out more and Apply here for a commercial landlord hardship grant | Service NSW 


Conservation Partners Grants - Ongoing Program 

Now available on an ongoing basis, providing financial assistance to landholders in managing their conservation area, allowing them to improve the biodiversity value of their properties. 

Agreement holders that do not receive annual payments under the Conservation Management Program can apply for a grant by downloading and sending a completed grant application

 at any time. 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 visit: https://www.bct.nsw.gov.au/cards/conservation-grants


Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) – Applications close 5pm 3 June 2022

The CRIF program supports Crown land managers and users by providing funding for upgrades, repair and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure or environmental initiatives. The CRIF funds a diverse range of activities across 2 categories:1. General development, maintenance and improvements on any eligible reserve OR 2. Pest and weed projects on Crown lands.

The funding aims to benefit the community, boost the economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of NSW. Up to $17 million is expected to fund projects across NSW as part of this year’s program. Crown land managers, reserve user groups and all NSW showgrounds (including freehold) are encouraged to apply.

The CRIF is a competitive grant program with applications assessed on merit. You are encouraged to discuss all eligible projects with your local Crown Lands Office, via this link: Crown Lands office before submitting an application.


Dylan Alcott Foundation - Breaking down barriers to education & sport for disabled young Australians 

The Dylan Alcott Foundation is committed to helping young Australians with disabilities overcome the barriers of entry to sport and education by providing fundraising for grants, scholarships and mentoring.


The foundations fundraising efforts will help to achieve big dreams through tangible means, purchasing expensive and much-needed sporting equipment, providing scholarships at leading education institutions and mentoring programs with industry trailblazers. 

Find out more at this link: Dylan Alcott Foundation - Helping young Australians with disabilities

Apply for a grant at this link: Grant Application - Dylan Alcott Foundation


Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)  Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience - Grants program now open 

Funded by the Australian Government and a range of other donor partners, the program focuses on strengthening social connectedness, building social capital and funding transformative local initiatives that will enable agricultural communities to be more prepared for the impacts of drought.

In total, there is $2.9 million available to not-for-profits and community groups to support grassroots projects that help build resilience within local networks and enhance the ability to respond to drought.

The grants can fund community-led initiatives such as events, projects, activities, training and small-scale infrastructure that will strengthen community engagement, networking and preparedness for drought. For example, this could include:

  • Creating or strengthening networks, such as farmers, young-farmers or women in agriculture;
  • Training or upskilling in tools and techniques to cope with future climate events;
  • Addressing mental health and wellbeing; or
  • Small-scale upgrades to facilities that make it easier to come together.
FRRR is particularly keen to hear from groups seeking between $20,000 and $50,000, although there are other tiers of funding available.

To learn more about the program, the types of initiatives the program can support, how to apply, and to download the guidelines, visit the Networks website


Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal -  Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC) - Funding to rebuild and recover from COVIDApplications close 5pm 31 May 2022

FRRR recognises the significant and long-lasting impacts of COVID and the localised effort needed to recover and rebuild vibrant remote, rural and regional communities.

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations in these communities can apply for funding to help them rebuild and recover from the ongoing negative impact to the COVID pandemic has had on their community.

To learn more about the program and to apply for grants visit https://frrr.org.au/SRC


Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations - Ongoing program

Inland Rail is committed to supporting communities along the alignment by making voluntary financial contributions to eligible community groups running events, projects and activities which contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability. Financial requests between $1,000 and $4,000 will be considered from eligible community organisations. There are four annual open rounds 

For projects, events, activities commencing:Round opens:Round closes:
June to August1 February each year30 April each year
September to November1 May each year31 July each year
December to February1 August each year31 October each year
March to May1 November each year31 January each year

To find out more about the Inland Rail Sponsorships and Donations program, including information on how to apply visit https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/opportunities/sponsorships-and-donations/


NSW Environmental Trust’s Environmental Research Grants Program -  Expression of Interest accepted up to 5pm Monday 6 June 2022

The NSW Environmental Trust is inviting expressions of interest to its 2022–23 Environmental Research grants program. $1 million in grant funding is now available for projects that support applied research to help address contemporary environmental problems in NSW. Funding of up to $200,000 per project is available. Applicants must demonstrate a collaborative approach that engages end-users from the outset of their proposal, through to dissemination of research findings. Proposals must address one or both of the following priorities:

- addressing climate change impacts on the natural environment – both mitigation and adaptation

- supporting threatened species recovery

Expressions of interest must be submitted online. A link to the online portal, as well as Program Guidelines and a range of supporting resources are available on the Environmental Research grant program webpage. For more information Contact the Trust on (02) 8837 6093 or email: info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au


NSW Performing Arts COVID Support Package – Applications now open

The NSW Performing Arts Relaunch Package - Create NSW package is to provide urgent financial support to performing arts venues, producers and promoters impacted by the cancellation or postponement of performances resulting from the NSW Government COVID-19 Public Health Orders from 26 June 2021.

Current funding covers eligible performances from 19 September 2021 to 30 April 2022. Applicants are to visit this link and read: NSW Performing Arts Relaunch Package Guidelines

 before starting a funding application. Queries can be emailed to: sector.support@create.nsw.gov.au


NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund - Extended to 6 pm 1 June 2022

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund provides event organisers with funding to host business events in regional NSW. There are 4 streams to the program: 

Creation of a new business event to encourage towns and regons to create their own new conferences and business events.

Attraction of an existing business event to assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos.

Support for an existing business event to support events that are held in regional NSW and may rotate between locations.

Support for a business event project to assist rural and regional NSW to implement business event projects or initiatives aimed at driving growth in the visitor economy of regional NSW.

Funding amounts available are based on the following scale:

-       Up to $15,000 (ex GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)

-       Up to $30,000 (ex GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at: https://www.meetinnsw.com.au/business-event-development-fund


NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)  - Ongoing programs

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) provides tailored access to loans, grants, rebates and subsidies for primary producers and small business operators.

The NSW RAA has decades of experience helping producers, business operators and regional communities become more resilient, self-reliant and sustainable by accessing the right assistance, at the right time. The NSW RAA provides an ongoing contribution to farming and rural policies, and the advice it provides to NSW Government helps ensure future measures reflect the real needs of farmers.

The RAA recently helped more than 12,000 primary producers access almost $1 billion in drought assistance, and more than 2,400 producers, small businesses and not-for-profits access more than $210 million in bushfire recovery assistance.

Find out more at about the NSW RAA loans and grants webpages at these links


PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation - Ongoing Program

Provides ongoing 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 the PPCA on (02) 8569 1100 or visit: http://www.ppca.com.au/ppca-about-us/ppca-performers-trust-foundation/


Regional Sports Event Fund - Stream 2 applications closing 29 April 2022 

We want to ensure all Councils have ample opportunity to submit applications for our Regional Sport Events Fund, as we’re acutely aware of the effects and time pressure that has come as a result of extreme weather events and the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. 

Sport Australia is pleased to advise that the application period for Stream One has been extended until Friday 29 April 2022 or until the fund allocation has been exhausted and Stream 2 is to re-open for a second round of applications from Monday 11 April 2022. 

The Fund is aimed at Local Councils across Australia who are classified as Very Remote, Remote, Outer Regional and Inner Regional (as defined by ARIA+). We encourage your council to forge partnerships with local sporting clubs/associations in your region, to host a sporting event for your community.  

Local Councils are invited to submit one application for each of the below funding streams:  

Stream One - Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 to support small community sporting events

·         Applications close Friday 29 April, or earlier if funding allocation is exhausted.

Stream Two - Grants between $15,000 and $50,000 to support large regional sporting events   

·         Round one - Applications close Friday 8 April, notification to commence 25 April. 

·         Round two - Applications open from Monday 11 April – Friday 29 April, notification to commence 16 May. 

Stream One grants will be administered on a “first in, best dressed” basis (pending eligibility of applicants). Stream Two applications will be reviewed and awarded on quality of application, with notification of round one outcomes expected in April 2022.  Notification of round two outcomes will be awarded in May 2022. 

For more details about the fund, including the program guidelines and application process, apply now, at this link: regionalsporteventsfund

Sport NSW Community sport recovery package

The Sport and Recreation Recovery and Community Rebuild Package provides financial support, assistance and participation opportunities following the easing of community sport restrictions, particularly in areas hardest hit by the COVID lockdown.


The Sport and Recreation Recovery and Community Rebuild Package includes:

  • Up to $12.5 million for grants up to $1,000 to eligible clubs and associations via State Sporting Organisations
  • Up to $7.8 million to support sporting organisations and peak bodies
  • $3.1 million to support participation initiatives focused on areas most affected by restrictions, including south-west Sydney and regional NSW
  • Up to $1 million in grants to support marketing and promotional activities for outdoor and active recreation providers 
  • $600,000 to support regional talent pathways in the lead up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympics
For more details, see: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/recoverypackage


Sport NSW - Her Sport Her Way Grants – Applications close 28 April at 1pm


The Her Sport Her Way Grant Program is now open with up to $650,000 available to State Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability to help increase participation, promote leadership and encourage inclusivity.

Grants of $10,000 - $50,000 are available with sports able to seek grants for multiple projects across various locations.

For further information click here


STEM Maker Projects Community Engagement Program - Closes 10 May 2022

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 to help deliver hands-on, inquiry-based STEM projects that:

  • encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking across STEM-related activities and events.
  • build a foundation of knowledge and skills in scientific experimentation, design, technology and innovation.
  • inspire students to pursue STEM disciplines in their study and work.

Applicants must also meet the eligibility and assessment criteria requirements mentioned in the grant guidelines.

Australian companies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations, incorporated associations, incorporated not-for-profit associations, publicly funded research institutions and VET providers are eligible to apply.  All applicants need an ABN.  Applicants need to partner with at least one other organisation to deliver the project (this can include libraries and schools).

The grants aim to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning for young Aussies, to encourage projects that will engage and make a positive ongoing impact for people aged under 18 who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including:

    • girls
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • people living in regional, rural and remote locations
    • people with disability
    • people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds

Learn more here:  https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/maker-projects-community-stem-engagement-grants-2022


Strengthening Rural Communities Program - Ongoing programs

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. Current funding streams applicable to our shire are:

Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC): two tiers – grants up to $10,000 and grants up to $50,000 to respond to ongoing impacts and recovery from the COVID pandemic (EOIs due 5pm AEST 12 April 2022 / Applications close 5pm AEST 31 May 2022

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).

Find more information on all SRC Programs at this link: Strengthening Rural Communities | FRRR


Tennis NSW & Sport NSW - ATP Cup Legacy Fund open - applications close 2 May 2022

Round 3 of the ATP Cup Tennis Legacy Fund is now open with up to $330,000 available for facility construction projects and to get more people playing tennis.The Fund is a partnership between the NSW Government and Tennis NSW that will see $2.4 million invested over three years to ensure community tennis benefits from NSW hosting the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena

Funding is available to tennis clubs, associations and councils with grants from $1,000 - $50,000 available.Applicants are required to make a co-contribution with applications closing 2 May. For further information and to apply click here. 


Women's Leadership and Development Program: Lead and Succeed - Applications close at 9pm AEST 21 April 2022

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the Women's Leadership and Development Program: Lead and Succeed.

The Women’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP) Lead and Succeed grant opportunity supports projects that improve outcomes for women in Australia in 3 key priority areas: women’s workforce participation; women’s leadership; and women’s safety.

Information about applying for this round can be found on GrantConnect.


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