Creating a New Approach to Funding

Grants are a great way to source funds for projects and services that might otherwise not be in the reach of community organisations and small businesses. While it might require a bit of time and effort at times, the payoff can be very rewarding.

There are a number of resources and tools that you can access to help support making applications and also researching what funding is available for various types of organisations and projects.  More information regarding these is provided below.

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 2027 presents the values, ideals and aspirations of our community.

Community Funds

Council has a number of community grant programs that community organisations are able to apply to. The Community Grants Program currently opens twice a year in April/May and October/November for projects to be funded in that financial year.

Council invites community applications for funding under its Community Grants Program.  The aim of the Community Grants Program is to support:

  • Local projects and activities (Community Support Fund)
  • Local events (Community Event Sponsorship Fund)
  • Local place making (Creative Place Making Fund)

Guidelines and application forms can be found below.  Please carefully read the guidelines for each program before applying, as they have recently been revised based on community consultation.

About the Grants

Creative Placemaking is a 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 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.

Round 2 of Council's Community Grants program for the 2019-20 financial year closes at 5pm on Monday 28th October 2019.

Application Forms

2019 R2: Community Event Sponsorship Fund Application Form (Word)

2019 R2: Community Event Sponsorship Fund Application Form (PDF)

2019 R2: Community Support Fund Application Form (Word)

2019 R2: Communty Support Fund Application Form (PDF)

2019 R2: Placemaking Grant Application Form (Word)

2019 R2: Placemaking Grant Application Form (PDF)


Guidelines: Community Event Sponsorship Fund
Guidelines: Community Support Fund
Guidelines: Creative Placemaking

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)

Environmental Levy Community Grants

Details of the Environmental Levy Grant Fund

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