Community Funding Program

Council established the Community Funding Program in recognition of the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of our Forbes Community and our quality of life. Council provides support to encourage and assist community groups and organisations to make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s wellbeing, cultural life, environmental sustainability and economic growth.

The Community Funding Program is open twice annually and a total of $100,000 is available across two rounds for projects (including programs, activities, events and capital works) in four categories:
  • Sport and Recreation;
  • Culture and the Arts;
  • Community Services; and
  • Rural Village Enhancement.

Not-for-profit community groups and organisations can access up to $5,000 in assistance for each project as either a cash contribution, in-kind support, or a combination of both.
The Community Funding Program is extremely competitive and funding is limited, so community groups and not for profit organisations are encourage to make use of the Forbes Shire Council  Officer's  available Monday - Friday in the Forbes Shire Council Administration Building, by appointment only. 

Applications for Community Funding can be submitted through the Council SmartyGrants portal.
For more information,  contact Council’s Community Relations Officer on 02 6850 2300 or

To view the Community Funding Guidelines: click here (PDF 21.4MB)


Grants Officers

Council has a staff member available to provide advice on grant funding and can assist with the preparation and acquittal of grant applications. Contact Council on 02 6850 2300 to book an appointment or for more information.


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