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


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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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 Ongoing Grants & Funding NSW Government Find a government initiative, grant or funding program to help support your business, your project or your community.

30 November 2022  Royal Agricultural Society of NSW | RAS Foundation | RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant ( The RASF invites Community Partners to apply for Grants for projects that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. 
Projects up to $25000
31 December 2022 Children & Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative Large grants program for regional NSW  The program supports the wellbeing of children and young people living in regional NSW to recover from and build resilience to future adversity. Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, Local Aboriginal Land Council, Schools, and neighbourhood centres are invited to apply for grants from $10000-$50000.
31 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.

31 January 2023 Inland Rail Community Sponsorhip  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.
Last Friday in February 2023  Evolution Cowal Partnering Program Evolution Mining is proud to offer sponsorship and donation opportunities through the Cowal Partnering Program. Through grant funding, and in-kind or material donations, the Program supports the company’s commitment to help make its communities better places to live, work and grow. Clubs and non-profits are invited to apply for funding to support initiatives, projects and events that will provide positive outcomes to residents within the Bland, Lachlan and Forbes Local Government Areas, across a range of key categories including: • Youth, • Economic development, • Health & wellbeing, • Education, • Environment; and • Arts, culture & sport
31 March 2023
Small grants program for regional NSW | NSW Government 
The program supports the wellbeing of children and young people living in regional NSW to recover from and build resilience to future adversity. community groups,not-for-profit organisations, Local Aboriginal Land Council, Schools,and neighbourhood centres are invited to apply for grants from $500- $10000
30 April 2023
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.

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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23 November 2023 Female Friendly Community Sport Facilities and Lighting Upgrades Grant Program | NSW Government  Revive sport facilities by providing new and redeveloping existing sport facility bathrooms and change rooms. Funding will also support the provision of new and upgraded lighting that will enable more women and girls to train and compete in sport in a safe and inclusive environment. The project does require a 25% co contribution. $50000- $500000.


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.



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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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.






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.



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!

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