Community Grants Program

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Council currently offers a series of small community grants each year.  

Two grant rounds are offered each financial year which is limited to Council's yearly budget. This is currently $50,000 across the three grant funds. To better understand each of the grants, Guidelines have been created which outline the types of events, projects or activities which may be eligible for funding and the types of organisations that can apply. It is important that the Guidelines are read prior to making an application.

The Grants and Business Development Officer is available to talk through any questions you may have regarding the application process and/or your proposed activity, project or event - call (02) 6655 7300. 

Applications for Round 2 of Council's 2022/23 Community Grants Program will open on Monday 26 September 2022 and close on Thursday 20 October 2022.

Creative Placemaking Fund

The Creative Placemaking Fund is a small grant program that aims to invigorate and activate 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 open to all members of the community.

Read the guidelines(PDF, 244KB)

Community Support Fund

The Community Support Fund is a small grant program that aims to support local community activities that achieve broad community benefit. Open to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities, eligible projects and activities might include programs for seniors or youth or small infrastructure projects or equipment to support community activities.

Read the guidelines(PDF, 255KB)

 

Community Event Sponsorship Fund

The Community Event Sponsorship Fund is a small grant program that supports local community events. Open to incorporated not-for-profit organisations and registered charities, events should aim to foster partnerships between community organisations, target regions outside the Shire and be innovative and creative.

Read the guidelines(PDF, 257KB)

How to apply

Applications can be made through Council's online grants management portal.

Apply now

Previous grant recipients

2022-23 - Round 1

 Grant fund
Organisation
Activity
$
Community Support Fund Mylestom Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association Activities to support seniors in Mylestom $1,400
Community Support Fund Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival Schools Program $3,740
Community Support Fund Urunga-Mylestom Chamber of Commerce Urunga Bicycle Racks $2,000
Community Support Fund Bellingen Public School P&C Association Bello Children's Fete $1,500
Community Support Fund Urunga Public School P&C Association Learning on Country with Landcare and Bellingen High School $1,700
Community Event Sponsorship Fund Bellingen RSL Country Club (trading as Bellingen Golf Club) Bellingen Shire Golf Classic $1,000 
Community Event Sponsorship Fund Camp Creative Inc Camp Creative 2023 $3,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund Bellingen Improvised Music Collective Inc  Local Band Showcase at BIMF 2022 $2,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc Marquees for 20th Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival $2,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund Bellingen Community Arts Council Inc (auspice organisation) Bellingen Muse 2022 - Festival Fiesta $2,000
Creative Placemaking Fund Bellingen Community Arts Council Inc Bellingen Shire Arts Trail $935
Creative Placemaking Fund Dorrigo Preschool Association Community Mural Project $3,000
Creative Placemaking Fund Urunga Public School Connecting to Gumbaynggirr Culture $3,000
    TOTAL $27,275 

2021-22 - Round 2

Grant fund 
Organisation
Activity
$
Community Support Fund  Bellingen Growers Market  Promote local musicians and performers  $1,500 
Community Support Fund  Neighbourhood Care Network Inc  SMS Bush Telegraph Emergency Alert Service  $2,000
Community Support Fund  Bellingen Valley Working Equitation Inc  Timber bridge for practice and competitions $2,000
Community Support Fund  Bellinger River Sailing Club Inc  Maintenance and repairs of the Bellinger River Sailing Club $2,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Country Women's Association of NSW - Urunga Urunga CWA Garden Function $2,035 
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Bellinger River Agricultural Society Inc  EJ Mantova Memorial Art Prize  $2,500 
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Bellinger River Agricultural Society Inc Bellingen Show $3,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Kalang River Dragon Boat Club  Kalang River Classic $1,500
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Country Women's Association of NSW - Dorrigo  'Sconversation' Seniors Week $1,090
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Dorrigo Dramatic Club Back to Eden Film Festival $3,500
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc Sounds at Megan $1,200
    TOTAL $20,825 

2021-22 - Round 1

Grant fund
Organisation
Activity
$
Community Support Fund  Don Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Historical Society  Familiarisation Day $1,000
Community Support Fund  Urunga Surf Life Saving Club  Canteen upgrade at Urunga Surf Life Saving Club $4,000
Community Support Fund  Repton Public School P&C Association  'The River' The Musical $2,000
Community Support Fund  Camp Creative Inc Improving event risk, safety and accessibility in community venues  $2,500
Community Support Fund  Neighbourhood Centres of Bellingen Shire Inc  People's Library: Voices of the Community 2021 $2,199
Community Support Fund  Housing Matters Action Group Inc Housing Matters Community Hosting Program $3,800
Community Support Fund  OzGREEN  First Aid Training for Bellingen Shire Micro Community Residents $1,500
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Arts Council of the Dorrigo Inc Dorrigo Easter Art Exhibition (DEAE) $2,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  The Grub Club Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Match 2022 $4,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival 2021 $3,000
Community Event Sponsorship Fund  Amanda Fairbanks - auspiced by Auspicious Arts  'Everything 80s' $3,000
Creative Placemaking Fund  Kristy Holding Pop Up Art Gallery and Studio $2,000
     TOTAL $30,999