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.

Grants Officer

Forbes Shire Council has a Grants Officer available to assist residents in finding and preparing grant applications. The Grants Officer 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 or email grants@forbes.nsw.gov.au

 

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Community

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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 Ongoing Grants & Funding NSW Government Find a government initiative, grant or funding program to help support your business, your project or your community.
30 October 2022 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.
31 October 2022 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. There are four rounds each year.



31st October 2022 Infrastructure Grants The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of community infrastructure. Funding is available for sport and recreation facilities, arts and cultural infrastructure, as well as projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. Infrastructure Grants can be used for costs such as construction, the purchase of capital equipment and professional fees.

Funding is available in four key categories:

Arts & Culture - $50,000 to $200,000 available per project

Community Infrastructure - $10,000 to $200,000 available per project

Disaster Readiness - $10,000 to $200,000 available per project

Sport & Recreation - $50,000 to $300,000 available per project

31st January 2023 Forbes Shire Council Community Funding The Community Funding Program is open and organisations are invited to apply for funding for eligible projects (including programs, activities, events and capital works) across 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.

Last Friday in February 2023 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

Sports

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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31st October 2022

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of community infrastructure. Funding is available for sport and recreation facilities, arts and cultural infrastructure, as well as projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. Infrastructure Grants can be used for costs such as construction, the purchase of capital equipment and professional fees.

Sport & Recreation Category - $50,000 to $300,000 available per project

 

Arts

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 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.

 

Environment

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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Agriculture

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

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  Off-farm Efficiency Program - Water

The Australian Government’s Off-farm Efficiency Program is an initiative to upgrade water infrastructure to reduce water losses and increase water available for the environment. Projects funded under the program will provide long-term benefits through improved water infrastructure and reduced water losses. Water users and the community will also benefit from increased water reliability and the creation of job opportunities.

 


   

 

 

Drought

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

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Currently closed but keep watch for a new round in 2022 FRRR Future Drought Fund's Networks to Build Drought Resilience The Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program will fund community-led events, projects, activities, training, and small-scale infrastructure that assist communities to build their capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement, and wellbeing to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. Projects that are community-led and focus on locally defined solutions to building drought resilience will be prioritised.
     
 Ongoing On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate – NSW To provide funding for one-off rebates to eligible primary producers for the costs associated with the purchase and installation of on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs, permanent planting needs and improves resilience to drought.

 

Business

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

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EOI opened 5th October 2022 Regional Investment Activation Fund Stream 2

The $110 million Regional Investment Activation Fund will co-invest with eligible entities on projects that will deliver, significant economic, social and/or environmental benefits for a priority industry or location.

 Ongoing Regional Job Creation Fund The Regional Job Creation Fund supports businesses to establish or expand in regional NSW.

The $140 million Regional Job Creation Fund supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW. 

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs. Applicants must provide a minimum 50% cash co-contribution to the project and the NSW Government contribution will be no more than $20,000 per new job created through the project.

 Ongoing SafeWork Small Business Rebate  If you are a small business owner in NSW, this $1,000 rebate will help you purchase safety items to improve work health and safety for you and your workers. This program is administered by SafeWork NSW.

 

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 1