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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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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22 July 2021 Safer Communities Fund Round 6 

This round of the Safer Communities Fund targets organisations with demonstrated experience in providing early intervention activities to youth at high risk to prevent them from engaging in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour. There is approximately $20 million available. Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and involve youth engagement activities aimed at crime prevention. Grants available are between $200,000 and $1.5 million. The grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

 26 July 2021 Infrastructure Grants Office Responsible Gambling The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s Clubgrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects.
31 July 2021 Forbes Shire Council Community Funding 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. The Community Funding Program is open for projects (including programs, activities, events and capital works) across four categories: Sport and Recreation; Culture and the Arts; Community Services; and Rural Village Enhancement. Applications for Community Funding can be submitted through the Council SmartyGrants portal.
 6 August 2021  Honda Foundation Grants The Honda Foundation acts as a charitable trust, providing financial assistance to charities and organisations doing amazing work across a range of social and environmental issues. Grants have ranged from $500 to purchase bike helmets for children with disabilities to $700,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation to continue their incredible work in preventing and curing avoidable blindness.
 11 August 2021 Regional Tourism Activation Fund The NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund supports the development of unique and high impact tourism and events infrastructure that helps to boost local economies, create jobs and ensure visitors to regional NSW have unforgettable experiences that encourage repeat visitation. 

 

Stream One: Unique and high impact visitor experiences - Grants between $200,000 and $5 million are available for projects that create unique and high impact visitor experiences for people visiting regional NSW and encourage more people to plan and book holidays in regional areas.

Stream Two: Visitor accessibility and inclusion enhancements - Grants between $50,000 and $500,000 are available for projects that improve accessibility and inclusion at unique and high impact tourism destinations and visitor experiences.

 24 August 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. 

 24 August 2021

(12 August for $150K projects)

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.
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.  
12 Sep 2021 
Volunteer Museum Small Grants - Museums and Galleries NSW

New round opening 19 July 2021; more information to come closer to the opening date. The Volunteer Museum Grant Program provides assistance to volunteer-initiated community museums and Aboriginal keeping places in NSW.

 

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.

 




 

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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26 July 2021 Infrastructure Grants Office Responsible Gambling The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s Clubgrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects.

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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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.
 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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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.


 

Agriculture

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

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28 July 2021 National Farm Safety Education Fund

The Australian Government is inviting organisations via an open competitive grant process to apply to deliver services under the National Farm Safety Education Fund Program 2021-2023. Funding will be available to eligible organisations to support projects that result in improved farm safety outcomes nationally. The grant opportunity will support projects focused on education and capacity building in 2 priority areas: 1. the next generation of farmers; 2. industry endorsed training and continued learning.


 

   



Drought

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.



Business

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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