Current Grant Opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities currently available. These include:

Grants with deadlines

Port Stephens Council grants


This is an example of small grants most Councils offer. Subscribe to your local Council’s Newsletter and never miss out on a grant opportunity!

Various Port Stephens Council has announced a number of grants for the 2021-22 year. A number of these grants accept applications at any time during the year. Grants include:

Community Event Development Fund
Major Event Sponsorship Fund
Aboriginal Projects Fund
My Incredible Place’ Micro Grant Fund
Rapid Response Fund

Further information is available here.

Stronger Communities Programme – All Electorates $20,000 Various Local community groups can seek funding for small capital projects that will deliver social benefits, community participation and contribute to the vibrancy of our community.


This grant is open to groups across all federal electorates, please reach out to your local MP if you haven’t received a EOI form as of yet.

Budget Direct $1,000; $2,500 or $5,000 31 December 2021 Supports organisations who:

·       provide local or state-wide community services

·       run community awareness and education programs

·       promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs)

·       advocate for road safety

·       provide emergency services

·       support in need or at-risk Australians

·       help build strong, vibrant communities.

Further information is available here.

Preparing Australian Communities - Local Stream Program $20,000 to $10 million 6 January 2022 Targets support to locally identified and locally led projects that will improve the resilience of communities against natural hazards, in particular bushfires, flood and tropical cyclones. The program will prioritise selected Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Intended outcome is to support communities to undertake disaster risk reduction and resilience initiatives that provide public benefit through reducing:

·       the impact of future natural hazards on Australian communities

·       the burden (cost and time) of recovery in communities following future disasters.

Further information is available here.

Harcourts Foundation Various 3 February 2022 This program aims to support community-based organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible. Further information is available here.
Strengthening Rural Communities (Round 12) $10,000 or $25,000 22 February 2022 A broad range of charitable projects are considered under this program, including:

·       Delivering, or providing activities, events, programs and services;

·       Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;

·       Community infrastructure projects;

·       Organisational capacity building; and

·       Community resource development.

Further information is available here.

Clubgrants Infrastructure Grants - Arts & Culture $200,000 21 March 2022 Local groups can apply for funding for capital projects focused on Arts & Culture. Further information is available here.
Clubgrants Infrastructure Grants - Community Infrastructure $200,000 21 March 2022 Local groups can apply for funding for capital projects focused on Community Infrastructure. Further information is available here.
Port Stephens Council Local Strengthening Fund $6,000 29 March 2022 Community groups, schools, and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding for projects that build sustainable local communities and environments, and enhance the wellbeing and development of the Port Stephens community. Further information is available here.
Port Stephens Council Vibrant Spaces Fund $6,000 29 March 2022 Businesses, schools and community groups can apply for funding for projects that build a strong, creative and vibrant cultural economy. Examples of projects include markets, music and performances in the park, decorations activating shopfronts, or greening and beautification projects. Further information is available here.
Community Building Partnership Program Between $5,000 - $150,000 Q1/Q2 (exact dates TBC) Infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion. Further information is available here.

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FOCUS: Community groups or general grants
​ClubGRANTS ​Varies from club to club ​ClubGRANTS funding is available to community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW. Further information available here.
Essential Energy Varies This program aims to support community groups who make a difference in their local community. Eligible applicants include organisations that are a strong, natural match to at least some aspects of brand positioning:
- Empowering
- Supportive and reflective of the diverse communities Essential Energy serves
- Innovative and future-focused
Further information available here.
Maitland Mutual Bank Sponsorship Applications for sponsorship can be submitted by educational, sporting, cultural clubs and event organisers. Further information available here.
Newcastle Permanent Bank Sponsorship This sponsorship program focuses on children’s education, children’s sport, and free community events. Further information available here.
Regional Australia Bank Sponsorship Regional Australia Bank offers sponsorships or donations for grass roots community initiatives and small infrastructure projects. Further information available here.
Variety Community Grants Varies The Variety Community Grants assists organisations to purchase equipment that will promote access and inclusivity in the community for children aged 0-18 years from financial disadvantage, geographic isolation and/or living with a disability or chronic illness. Further information available here.
Sunrise Project $5,000 This grant supports not for profit groups to deliver projects which drive the shift to renewable energy. Further information available here.
Port Waratah Coal Community Grants Varies PWCS provides funding to community organisations as part of its annual Community Investment and Partnership Programme. Projects under $5,000 are considered monthly, larger projects are considered quarterly. Further information available here.
Project Defib $400 Provides $400 towards the cost of a defibrillator for Sporting Clubs, schools and not for profits. Further information available here.
Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant $140,000 Social impact businesses and NGOs can apply for funding for financial, legal and other capacity building support. Further information available here.
NSW Environmental Trust grants Varies A range of grants are available through the NSW Environmental Trust to deliver programs which benefit the environment. Further information available here.
Vincent Fairfax Foundation Grants $50,000 Organisations can seek funding for programs which seek to improve lives through education and employment, or for programs with a Christian focus. Further information available here.
Matana Foundation for Young People Grant


$10,000 Grants available to support organisations which seek to improve the lives and opportunities of disadvantaged young people. Further information available here.



Cadbury Fundraisers Cadbury offers fundraising chocolate boxes for not for profit groups. Groups which use this service are also able to apply for grants of up to $500. Further information available here.
Coles Local Community Support The Coles Local Community Support program allows community groups to apply for raffle prizes (eg gift cards) or to set up a fundraiser out the front of the store. Further information available here.
Dominoes Doughraiser Fundraisers


The Dominoes Doughraiser Fundraiser allows local groups to receive a pre-determined amount, usually between 50c to $1, from every pizza sold on that evening.  Contact your local store to discuss availability.
Kmart local store investment program The Kmart local store investment program allows community groups to apply for donations (eg gift cards). Further information available here.
Officeworks Local community support The Officeworks Local Community Support program allows community groups to apply for raffle prizes (eg gift cards) or to set up a fundraiser out the front of the store. Further information available here.


Some general tips to improve your chances of securing funding:

  • Decide what you want to do – have a clear project plan.
  • Identify sources of funding – check the Internet, local community newspapers and magazines, and the national press for advertised grants.
  • Target your application – check what type of submission is required, talk to the funding agency for more information, read the guidelines thoroughly, and strictly adhere to the deadlines.
  • Research your submission – assess community needs, locate data and information to support your request, get accurate costings, and canvass local community and political support for your project.
  • Quotes, quotes, and more quotes! The more quotes you have the better your application will fare.
  • Letters of support – where possible get letters of support from other community organisations, for instance, groups that hire your hall or local support organisations such Lions, Apex, or Rotary.
  • Take care with presentation – be clear and concise, avoid using jargon, and structure your submission so it’s easy to follow.
  • Follow-up and support your submission – make sure it has been received and record all contact with the funding body.


For a more comprehensive guide, refer to the Grants Toolkit.


Need help with your grant? Contact the Scouts NSW Grants Administrator on