Grants Hub

There are many potential sources of grants or funding for community projects.  These include; government funding (state and federal), private philanthropic organisations and even private companies who may offer sponsorship. To get you started on your grants journey click on the category below that matches your project and have a browse. If you are unsure about which category is a match contact our grants officers for some advice. 

Please note - Council does not provide funding to individuals. Twice a year applications are taken for Council's Community Funding Program. Click here for more information.

Grant Officers

Forbes Shire Council has two dedicated Grant Officers available to assist residents in finding and preparing grant applications. These officers can not only assist you to find a funding source but can give you some great tips on giving yourself the best chance of success.  Hint – number one is about committing to planning your project well before you start to even think about how you are going to pay for it!

To learn more about the grants available and other great tips make an appointment to discuss by contacting Council 02 6850 2300.

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These grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. The grants form part of the State and Federal Government's work to support volunteers, as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering.

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19 Sep 2021 
Project Development Grants - Museums and Galleries NSW

Project development grants allow community museums and cultural centres to carry out projects relating to museum management, collections or community / visitor engagement that have mid to long term outcomes. Grants with a minimum  of $2,500 and a maximum of $7,500 are available.

30 September 2021  Mazda Foundation Grants To support community based organisations with projects supporting primary producers facing hardship. Mazda Foundation are dedicated to enriching Australian communities. Fostering a spirit of community involvement, the foundation supports a broad range of charitable projects with assistance and funding.
30 September 2021 Country Education Fund The Country Education Fund (Grenfell Branch) support a diverse range of education and career pursuits including apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, degrees, diplomas and certificate level studies or entry careers. We do not provide cash grants directly to the recipients – the local foundation reimburses the student for a pre-agreed expense or pays the goods and services providers directly.

Grants are available to local youth who have lived and/or attended school in the region for the majority of their high school years. Your local CEF does not focus on applicant’s academic success. The four essential selection criteria are: That you have demonstrated need; You are aged 16-25 years; That you have gone to school or currently reside in the region covered by CEF Grenfell; and That you have shown commitment to achieving your goal.

30th October 2021 Northparkes Community Investment Northparkes Community Investment program supports initiatives which contribute to the Parkes and Forbes local government areas in the following categories: economic development, culture and recreation, education and youth, environment and health.
31st October 2021 Inland Rail Community Sponsorhips Inland Rail are offering funding between $1000–$4000 for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the Inland Rail route that contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability.
23rd November 2021 Strengthening Rural Communities The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and designed to be able to help communities address different needs and opportunities, as and when they emerge. 
Last Friday in February 2022 Evolution Cowal Partnering Program Evolution encourages clubs and not for profit organisations in the community to submit sponsorship and donation applications that provide outcomes in the areas of economic development, youth, health, safety, education and environment. Initiatives and events should: incorporate community participation; have the aim of engaging and strengthening the community; offer a demonstrable benefit to the community; and/or result in a clear vision or strategy for benefiting the community in the long term


Various grants are available for encouraging sporting pursuits of all ages. They can provide funds to buy equipment and uniforms through to infrastructure and maintenance of grounds.

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8th October 2021 Regional Sport Facility Fund The Regional Sport Facility fund will create spaces and facilities that enable communities to enjoy and take part in sport. The fund will support the development of well-designed and utilised new and improved infrastructure projects that can support participation and performance opportunities in sports at all levels. The fund will focus on sporting facilities that deliver the best outcomes for the community.


Art Grants offer support to artists in all fields of the arts to support them in creating their work, and free them up to concentrate on creating. These grants can cover all forms of the Arts including performance, collaborations, productions, publishing, recording and creative development.

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24 October 2021, or all funds are expended.  Skills Development Grants - Museums & Galleries Skills Development Grants provide funding to volunteer museums, museum networks and Aboriginal Keeping Places for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events involving more than one organisation. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered. The maximum amount that can be applied for under the program is: $4,000.Skills Development Grants can be applied for at any time throughout the year, until the cut-off date of the 24 October 2021, or all funds are expended.
 Ongoing Quick response Small Projects - Create NSW Small Project Grants support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. You can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards your project. Ongoing rounds.


Environmental Grants can support community groups undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, on land or in air, rural or urban. We will direct organisations and individuals to the right support grants available.

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20 September 2021 Powering Communities Program The Powering Communities Program provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve their energy efficiency practices and technologies leading to a reduction in energy use, improvement in energy productivity and delivery of carbon abatement. Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) identify potential projects and invite applications from their electorate.


Funding, grants and assistance for agriculture industries can be found here.

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Funding, grants and assistance for drought affected communities can be found here.

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20 September 2021 Future Drought Fund The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund provides a sustainable source of funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.


Funding, grants and assistance for businesses can be found here.

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Available until 30 June 2022 Small Business Fees & Charges Rebate   If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500. Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges. These include, but are not limited to: food authority licences; liquor licences; tradesperson licences; event fees; outdoor seating fees; council rates.

Grant Success Stories

In the 2019/20 financial year, eleven grants have been successful to a total value: $6,452,382.00. We continue to strive for more success stories for our community. Please contact us if you need help with your next grant application.

Community Group Success Story

The Forbes Dragon Boat Club were successful in obtaining a grant through Forbes Shire Council's Community Funding Program. The club has purchased a new trailer with the funds to help them move their 10's boat in and out of the water and into storage.  Well done to those involved and happy rowing!

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