Community Grants

Each year community groups across Australia receive grants from a number of sources (Council, the NSW State Government, Australian Federal Government, Non- Government Organisations etc).

Please be aware that many grants are only open for a small period of time (generally a minimum of 4 weeks) each year and have a deadline for when applications close.

If your community group is looking for funding, we encourage you to become familiar with the range of grants available below.

Please also be aware that there are a number of user-pay websites that charge a fee if you wish to receive their e-newsletters or search their database information. These e-newsletters generally provide you with a list of the current grants that are open, with application deadlines and links to websites.


Regional Arts Fund 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the Regional Arts Fund (RAF), an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The program is managed by Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts NSW, and is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.

Funding for the 2018 round is available for projects commencing between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

Projects must be based or delivered in regional NSW, with grants available in the categories of New Initiatives and Partnerships. The arts or cultural focus of the project can include visual arts, circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre, puppetry, digital media and cross-art-form works. Projects are also eligible for multi-year funding for up to 2 years. In 2017, the RAF Community Grants saw support for 22 new projects sharing in more than $434,000.

"The RAF funds amazing projects in regional NSW, clearly demonstrating the excellence of arts practice in this state," CEO of Regional Arts NSW, Elizabeth Rogers, said. "The high standard of applications for imaginative and innovative work is very exciting."

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposed RAF projects with their local Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO) prior to submission for one-on-one support. Those seeking more than $20,000 in funding for New Initiatives or Partnerships must discuss their application with the Grants & Projects Manager at Regional Arts NSW by calling (02) 9270 2501 or emailing


Applications for the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants close on Thursday 10 August 2017, 5pm AEST. For more information about the program, including guidelines and instructions, visit:



Coffs Harbour City Council- 2017/18 Community Capital Infrastructure Grant Program

Council has made available $300,000 for the 2017/18 Community Capital Infrastructure Grants Program. Applications open Monday 27 March, 2017 and close 5pm Friday 5May, 2017.

The program aims to assist not-for-profit and community organisations to undertake capital projects that enhance the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the local community. Projects that could be eligible for funding may include new community infrastructure projects, refurbishment of existing infrastructure, projects that build capacity into infrastructure, and innovative projects that serve community benefit.

The workshop on Monday 27 March, 2017 will address the criteria as detailed above, for this program and provide specific examples of the types of documents required to apply for grant funding. Information will also be provided on how Council can assist in the development of your grant proposal.

Workshop details: Monday 27 March, 2017 from 5pm - 6pm, in the Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers, cnr Coff and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour.

Attendance at this workshop is highly recommended should your organisation be considering applying for funding under this program. Applicants are requested to contact Cuncil about their proposed project and budget by Friday 28 April, 2017 prior to submitting an application.

For information about either of these workshops or to book please contact Council on 6648 4281 or email


Coffs Harbour City Council- 2017/18 Community Arts & Cultural Development Small Grants Program 

The Arts and Cultural Development Grant Program offers grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 to community groups, to support the enjoyment of a rich cultural life within the Coffs Harbour region. Projects seeking funding should have a strong community benefit and be inclusive of all people across the community.

Total funding available for this program is $35,000. Applications open Monday 27 March, 2017 and close 5pm Friday 5 May, 2017.

In 2016/17 a diverse range of activities were supported including a youth film-makers festival, cultural performances, radio broadcasting training for young mums, and an arts-based program aimed at helping women recover from trauma or mental health issues.

A workshop addressing the criteria for this program is to be held following the general grants workshop on Thursday 30 March, 2017, 5-6pm, Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers, cnr Coff and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour.

Attendance at this workshop is highly recommended should your organisation be considering applying for funding under this program.

For information about the workshop or to book please contact Council on 66484904 or email


Coffs Harbour City Council- Environmental Levy Program

The 2017/18 Environmental Levy Program opens on Wednesday 15 February, 2017. Applications which address key strategies in Council's Coffs Harbour 2030 Plan will be given priority.

A "How to apply" workshop will be held on Friday 3 March, 2017 at the Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. To book a place at the workshop please email by Wednesday 1 March, 2017.

Applications forms and guidelines are available from Council's website - - and need to be emailed to Council ( no later than 5:00pm Friday 31 March, 2017.

For further enquiries please contact Council's Grants Administration Officer, Katrina O'Connell on 6648 4278.



Clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue (Coffs Ex-Services Club, Coffs Ex-Services Woolgoolga Bowling Club, Club Coffs, Park Beach Bowling Club, Sawtell RSL Club and Woolgoolga Returned Services Club) provide funding for community projects and services, and in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions.


Community Builders NSW

Contains a list of funding programs from federal, state and local government, as well as institutions, philanthropic trusts and businesses.  Search by the kind of project you’re looking to fund, or by the organisation you’re looking for funding from.


Community Building Partnership Grants Program

The CBP program provides funds for community groups and local councils to invest in community infrastructure throughout the State.


Nortec Community Grants Initiative

NORTEC's Community Grants Initiative focuses on projects or community organisations that encourage or promote employment prospects and/or skills development opportunities in our region. The $25,000 Grants Initiative is generally launched in the early part of the year (March/April) and is open to all community organisations and events within NORTEC's service footprint (from Nambucca to Tweed Heads).


Water Safety Fund

The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program supports community efforts to reduce drowning deaths and improve water safety in ocean and freshwater systems with a total funding commitment of $4.5m over three years. The Fund will be supporting projects that increase water safety in high risk geographical locations, population groups and activities building on the work achieved by the Water Safety Black Spots Fund (2011-2015).

Funding decisions will look at alignment of proposals with the key priorities in the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020 and applications will require data and research that indicates areas of high risk to NSW. 

Applications for this grant closed on 9 December 2016.

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A Guide to Community Grants

This guide provides links to: selected sources of Commonwealth, State and Territory financial assistance to community groups; a selection of links to non-government organisations which provide community grants; and Links to commercial services providing grant information via subscription.

The guide does not include links to scholarships, fellowships or research grants.

User-pays websites