Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program provides multiple funding opportunities throughout the year for community groups and organisations to enable them to design, implement and deliver projects, events and activities that support and enhance the lives of people in the Shoalhaven.

The small grants programs detailed below are available to support collaborative efforts between community groups and organisations that are based in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area to deliver local projects that support the community.

It is Council's priority to work with the community to foster a safe and attractive place for people to live, work, stay and play. The aim is to build inclusive connected communities with arts, culture, and events so that the Shoalhaven can be an active, healthy, liveable place to thrive. Community-led projects are essential to creating this and Council is passionate about supporting innovative community programs that build social equity and address community needs.

Need support in preparing your grant application?

Before applying we recommend applicants familiarise themselves with the relevant grant program’s Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions. This will help make sure you are applying for the grant that best fits your project.

For information about other Council grants visit:

Community Grants Program 2021/2022 

COVID-19 Response Grants Program

This program will provide quick access small grants up to $5,000 and large grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations to support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts across the Shoalhaven.

This program will be delivered via two streams:

Relief grants

This stream is focused on the provision of short-term support to Shoalhaven residents. Eligible applications may include:

  • Food relief
  • Crisis support
  • Welfare checks

Recovery grants

This stream is focused on the provision of projects that provide long-term social connection and improved health and wellbeing outcomes for Shoalhaven residents. Eligible applications may include:

  • Mental health and community wellbeing initiatives
  • Projects that address social isolation

Grant timeline

  1. Applications open 15 October 2021
  2. Applications close 12 November 2021
  3. Applicants to receive funds by 17 December 2021
  4. Program to be completed by 1 June 2022 (Relief Stream) and 1 December 2022 (Recovery Stream) 

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Seniors Festival Grant

The NSW Seniors Festival will be held 25 March to 3 April 2022.

The Seniors Festival Grant 2022 provides funding to local community groups and organisations to host events that celebrate and support Seniors in the Shoalhaven.

The NSW Seniors Festival 2022 theme is:

  • Reconnect: We’ve all had to distance ourselves socially and physically the past year. Now more than ever we need to find new ways to connect. 

Grant timeline

  1. Applications open* 10 November 2021
  2. Applications close 22 December 2021
  3. Applicants to receive funds by 10 February 2022
  4. Program to be completed by 3 April 2022

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*Full Seniors Festival Grants Program details and the application form will be made available here closer to the grant round opening date

Youth Week Grant

The NSW Youth Week will be held 4 to 14 April 2022.

The Youth Week Grants 2022 provides funding to local community groups and organisations to host events that celebrate and support young people in the Shoalhaven.

The focus of Youth Week is to provide an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

Grant timeline

  1. Applications open* 10 November 2021
  2. Applications close 22 December 2021
  3. Applicants to receive funds by 10 February 2022
  4. Program to be completed by 14 April 2022

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*Dates may be subject to change. Full Youth Week Grants Program details and the application form will be made available here closer to the grant round opening date.

Community Wellbeing Grant

This grant aims to maximise participation, connections, and a sense of belonging for people in the area.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to community groups and organisations to enable them to undertake projects that support and enhance the lives of people in the Shoalhaven.

Grant timeline

  1. Applications open* 24 January 2022
  2. Applications close 7 March 2022
  3. Applicants to receive funds by 18 April 2022
  4. Program to be completed by 30 June 2023

* Dates may be subject to change. Full Community Wellbeing Grants Program details and the application form will be made available here closer to the grant round opening date.

Youth Inclusion Grant

This grant is for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus and give young people in the opportunity to develop a range of skills.

Grants need to address young people’s identified needs in an innovative way and increase young people’s connections to the community.

Grant timeline

  1. Applications open* 24 January 2022
  2. Applications close 7 March 2022
  3. Applicants to receive funds by 18 April 2022
  4. Program to be completed by 30 June 2023

* Dates may be subject to change. Full Youth Inclusion Grants Program details and the application form will be made available here closer to the grant round opening date

East Nowra Skills Development Grant

The East Nowra Skills Development Grant provides grants up to $10,000 to support the training and employment of the East Nowra community through the support of Dan Murphy.

Non-Government community organisations and local service providers in the Shoalhaven that offer employment and training opportunities for the East Nowra community are encouraged to apply. Applications need to demonstrate a community need for the program and program sustainability, with a focus on increasing individual and community capacity.

Grant timeline

  1. Applications open* 24 January 2022
  2. Applications close 7 March 2022
  3. Applicants to receive funds by 18 April 2022
  4. Program to be completed by 30 June 2023

* Dates may be subject to change. Full East Nowra Skills Development Grants Program details and the application form will be made available here closer to the grant round opening date.

Club Grants - Category 1

Eligible Category 1 expenditure is for projects and/or services that contribute to the welfare and broader social fabric of the local community through the support of local registered Clubs with Clubs NSW.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services:

  • Community welfare or social services
  • Community development
  • Community health services or employment assistance activities

You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

Grant timeline

  1. Applications open* 1 March 2022
  2. Applications close 24 May 2022
  3. Applicants to receive funds by 30 August 2022
  4. Program to be completed by 1 August 2023

* Dates may be subject to change. Full Club Grants details will be made available here closer to the grant round opening date.

 

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Last updated on 10 November 2021