2020 R1 Community Support Fund (PDF)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.

Regional Tourism Bushfire Event Funding Open

Bellingen Shire Council is offering event organisers the opportunity to apply for funding to enhance their event through two one-off grant funding programs. Due to the impact of the bushfires at the end of last year and into early this year, funding is being offered with the aim of supporting initiatives in fire affected areas that celebrate what is unique about that local community to give international and/or domestic visitors a reason to visit bringing the economic benefits of tourism and providing the community with a positive focus in the wake of the fires.

The two grant programs on offer include:

  • The Regional Tourism Bushfire Event Sponsorship Fund with grants of up to $10,000
  • The Regional Tourism Bushfire Event Stimulus Fund with grants of up to $20,000

The objectives of the Program are to:

  • Restore visitor levels to areas impacted by bushfires by supporting events, concerts and festivals
  • Promote the uniqueness of affected local communities
  • Assist with the recovery of regional tourism
  • Attract overseas, interstate and intrastate visitors as a direct result of the project

Preference will be given to existing events. Events must take place between September 2020 and December 2021. Please note: This is dependent on the Federal and State government rulings around mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic and events being able to take place.

Each grant program has a specific criterion and it is highly recommended that you speak with Council prior to making an application.

Applications will only be open for a short time with the close date being Wednesday 6 May 2020.

Funding is dependent on Council’s successful application to Austrade’s Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants Program.

Guidelines - Regional Tourism Bushfire Event Sponsorship Stimulus Fund

Regional Tourism Bushfire Funding - Event Grant Programs Appication Form April 2020

Regional Tourism Bushfire Funding - Event Grant Programs Appication Form April 2020

Community Funds

Council is pleased to be able to once again open its Community Support Fund for the 2020/2021 financial year.  Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions in place by the State and Federal governments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council is not currently able to offer the Community Event Sponsorship or Creative Placemaking Funds.  Council is hopeful that, by the time Round 2 is due to open in October/November, the circumstances will enable these to also be offered to the community.

Round 1 of the Community Support Fund will be open from Friday 1 May and close on Monday 1 June. Please refer to the Guidelines for more information prior to making an application.  Applications should be submitted to on or before the closing date.

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.

Application Forms

2020 R2 Community Support Fund (Word)

2020 R2 Community Events Sponsorship Fund

2020 R2 Placemaking Fund

Guidelines: Community Support Fund

Guidelines: Community Event Sponsorship Fund

Guidelines: Creative Placemaking Fund

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