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.

Council's Community Grants Program

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

  • Community Support Fund
  • Community Event Sponsorship Fund
  • Creative Placemaking Fund (individuals can also apply)

A brief description of each of these is provided below. Two grant rounds are offered each financial year which is limited to Council's yearly budget. This is currently $55,000 across the three grant programs. To better understand each of the grants, Guidelines have been created which outline what types of events, projects or activities that may be eligible for funding and the type 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 grants, application process and/or your proposed activity, project or event.

Round 1 of the 2021/2022 Community Grant Programs will be open from Friday 28 May and close on Sunday 27 June. Please refer to the Guidelines for more information prior to making an application.  Applications should be submitted on or before the closing date via the online grant management portal. Late applications will not be accepted.

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 Creative Placemaking program is open to all members of the community.

The Community Support Fund is a small grants 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, snall infrastructure projects or equipment to support community activities.

The Community Event Sponsorship Funds is a small grants 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.

Please refer to the specific guidelines provided below for more information and how to apply.

How to Apply

Applications can now be made through the new online grants management portal.

To apply for one or all of Council's currently available grant programs, please go to


Guidelines: Community Support Fund

Guidelines: Community Event Sponsorship Fund

Guidelines: Creative Placemaking Fund


Acquittal documents for Council Grant Programs.

Council's Community Grant Programs

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)


Bushfire Disaster Recovery and Resilience Program

Assist and Empower Grant Acquittal and Expenditure Form

Get Ready Grant Acquittal and Expenditure Form

Get Together Grant Acquittal and Expenditure Form

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