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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30 April 2021
Northparkes Community Investment Program
Northparkes has two Community Investment program rounds each year. Organisations and 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 are encouraged to apply. 

30 April 2021

Inland Rail ARTC
Inland Rail offers community sponsorship and donation program for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the inland rail route. Funding between $1000-$4000 for projects that fund prosperity, well-being and sustainability. The funding supports short-term or one-off initiatives like: sponsoring local festivals; upgrading sporting facilities; purchasing new laptops for students; supporting heatlh & wellbeing groups; mentoring programs; guest speakers
 10 May 2021 Community Choices Program Essential Energy There are a range of grants available across each of Essential Energy's 20 zones, with funding up to $2,500.  A new category has been introduced for groups located in small communities with populations less than 20,000. There will be 10 prizes of $500 for the groups who receive the highest votes in this category.

Essential Energy know that local communities are doing it tough, with recent droughts and fires, as well as impacts by the health and economic crisis that is COVID-19.Nominations open at 9am on 12th April and close at 5pm on 10 May 2021, with voting taking place between 9am Tuesday 18th May 2021 and 5pm Monday 31st May 2021.

24 May 2021

(13 April for 150K applications)

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program gives drought-affected communities across rural, regional and remote Australia the opportunity to access funds that benefit their immediate and long-term needs. Grants are available for grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly benefit local communities. Three streams of grants are available: Up to $20,000; Up to $60,000; Up to $150,000: Applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest. Multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed. Projects that deliver long-term community benefits are highly regarded.
25 May 2021
Strengthening Rural Communities - FRRR
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 August 2021  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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 Various grants available to sports organisations in the above 'Community' category.    


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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7 September 2021 3pm Arts Projects for Organisations

The Australia Council Arts Projects Program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $20,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.

7 September 2021 3pm Arts Projects for Individuals & Groups

The Australia Council Arts Projects Program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Individuals and groups that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.

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.


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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 Ongoing Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness The Australian Government has released a drought response, resilience and preparedness plan. The plan is focusses on 3 themes; Immediate action for those in drought; Support for the wider communities affected by drought; Long term resilience and preparedness. Visit the website to find out more about current support available to individuals, business and communities.


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

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14 May 2021 (or when program funding has been fully allocated)

 Regional Job Creation Fund The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs. Detailed information about the Regional Job Creation Fund, the eligibility requirements, how to apply, and the assessment process can be found in the Regional Job Creation Fund Program Guidelines.
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!

Dragon Boat 2 Dragon Boat 1