Creating a New Approach to Funding

First round of community grants for the 2017/18 financial year will be invited shortly.

Community Profile

This link provides information specific to the Bellingen Shire regarding who we are, what we do, how we live, how old we are, how we are employed, what we earn, etc. This link can help support grant applications by painting a picture of the needs of the community we live in.  Bellingen Community Profile

Community Vision

The Community Vision 2030 presents the values, ideals and aspirations of our community.

Community Support & Community Event Sponsorship Funds

Bellingen Council has now opened its first round of community grants for the 2017-18 financial year and is again inviting applications for funding for the following activities:

  • Creative Placemaking (new program)
  • Community Events
  • Community Support activities

Creative Placemaking is a new program about invigorating and activating public spaces through art by taking a unique and creative approach that encourages participation in arts and cultural activities. These activities may include invigorating street furniture, public sculpture, murals, laneway transformation or musical performance.

The Creative Placemaking program is in addition to Council’s existing Community Event Sponsorship and Community Support grant programs. All three community grant programs are now open and will close on Friday 26 May.

The Community Support and Community Event Sponsorship Funds are open to incorporated not-for-profit organisations. The Creative Placemaking program is open to all members of the community. Please refer to the specific guidelines for each program for more information and how to apply.

An information session will take place in the Council Chambers on Wednesday 3 May 2017 from 5 – 6pm. Anyone looking to apply to any of the Community Grant Programs is encouraged to attend.


  • Please make sure you use the current application forms and don’t forget to read the guidelines
  • Make sure you send your completed applications to the correct email address –
  • Any applications that are sent to an alternative address may get missed and therefore miss out on the opportunity to be assessed by the panel.

A copy of the guidelines and application forms are avilable below.  All enquiries regarding the Funds should be directed to the Grants and Business Development Officer.

Application Forms 

Community Event Sponsorship Fund Application Form - updated April 2017 (word)
Community Event Sponsorship Fund Application Form - updated April 2017 (pdf)

Community Support Fund Application Form - updated April 2017 (word)
Community Support Fund Application Form - updated April 2017 (pdf)

Creative Placemaking Application Form (word)
Creative Placemaking Application Form (pdf)


Guidelines - Community Event Sponsorship Fund - updated April 2017 (PDF) 
Guidelines - Community Support Fund - updated April 2017 (PDF)
Guidelines - Creative Placemaking (PDF)


Community Event Sponsorship Fund Acquittal & Expenditure Report (Word) 
Community Event Sponsorship Fund Acquittal & Expenditure Report  (PDF)

Community Support Fund Acquittal & Expenditure Report  (Word) 
​Community Support Fund Acquittal & Expenditure Report (PDF)

Southern Phone Grants Scheme 2015

The successful applicants for the current round of Southern Phone Grants have been announced.  Further Information

Links to Grant Funding

Grants Link provides information on Commonwealth Government community grants with a focus on regional Australia at

Community Builders provides a link to both government and non-government grants that aims to assist local communities across NSW and covers all aspects of funding opportunities at

Philanthropy Australia provides information and links to private, family and other charitable trusts that offer grant funding at

Our Community offers a grants newsletter called Easy Grants on a subscription basis. Non-profit groups can subscribe for $55 and government, private enterprise and individuals can subscribe for various packages from $330 at

Pathways Australia assists non-profit organisations with information and management support at

The Australian Taxation Office also provides key information for non-profit organisations on reforms and has published a guide about fundraising at


Maxine Compton
Grants & Business Development Officer
Ph 6655 7300