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.

Our latest Grants Guide can be found here (PDF 1.6MB).

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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Forbes Shire Council Community Funding Program

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.

Not-for-profit community groups and organisations can access up to $5,000 in assistance for a project as either a cash contribution, in-kind support, or a combination of both. Click here for more information.

 Various FRRR - Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal FRRR has a number of grants that open at different times of the year. Many of the grants are recurrent, and generally offered around the same time each year. For a full list of grants available click here.         


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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 31 July Community Sport Recovery Package 

Grassroots Sport Fund will provide a one-off grant of up to $1,000 to eligible local clubs and associations across NSW to assist when community sport resumes. Open 1 July 2020. Further information click here.



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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Ongoing (until funds expended)  Recovery Boost - Regional Arts Fund Relief Grants RELIEF is designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations & communities to meet their immediate needs. Funds will be available via Regional Arts NSW. Open July 2020. Click here for more information.
Ongoing (until funds expended) Recovery Boost - Regional Arts Fund Renewal Grants EOI opening 1 July 2020. RENEWAL grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. Click here for more information.
  CREATE Regional Arts Fund CREATE NSW Small Projects (Quick Response) – designed to support the creation, development & presentation of new work & professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artisits and arts & cultural workers. Applications for between $500 and $5,000. Click here for more information. 
21 August 2020  Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia. For more information click here.


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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Macpac Fund for Good Application

Here at Macpac, our team is passionate about protecting our environment and its wildlife; having a lasting positive impact on people’s lives through the outdoors; and supporting the communities to which we are connected.

We don’t give large grants to just a few causes, we want to be able to make even a small difference to as many organisations as we reasonably can. So instead we award modest contributions of between $2,000-10,000 to those organisations who align with our ideals.

The groups we support fall into one of three areas:

· Adventure-Based Social Development

· Environmental Projects

· Ethical Manufacturing

If you are part of a not-for-profit organisation working on environmental and social causes related to the outdoors, then you may be eligible for a Macpac Fund for Good grant. Note: We have 4 funding rounds per year closing on these dates:31 July and 31 October 2020.

For further information:


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

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  Currently there are no grants available for this category  


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

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  Currently there are no grants available for this category  


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

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Small Business COVID-19 Recovery grant

Small businesses can apply for up to $3,000 to help with recovery and reopening costs. Open 1 July 2020. Click here for more information.

Grant Success Stories

The Forbes Shire does have a very successful history regarding grant success stories. During the 2016/17 Financial Year seventy six applications both Council and Community were submitted worth $4,958,689.70 and sixty projects both Council and Community were approved, total values $3,369,217. In the 2017/18 financial year 21 applications total value $1,263,304.70 were successful. In 2018/19 twelve applications worth $4,571,050.50 were successful.

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.