Community Grants Program
Central Coast Council’s Community Grants program recognises the critical role Grants play in strengthening our community by supporting local community groups and organisations to deliver worthwhile projects, programs and events to the community.
Council’s 2022-23 Community Grants Program will include:
- Community Development Grant Program – A program dedicated to supporting community organisations to implement specific projects and activities that provide community outcomes and enhance the quality of life of residents of the Central Coast as well as strengthening their ability to deliver projects and services that respond to the needs of the community. This program is due to open 1 June 2022 and close 30 June 2022, up to $20,000 per application with a total annual program allocation of $300,000.
- Community Events and Place Activation Grant Program – A program which aims to support local organisations to deliver community events and activities that activate spaces and places to complement activity around town centres, foreshores, lakes and green spaces for the community and visitors. This program is due to open 1 June 2022 and close 30 June 2022, up to $20,000 per application with a total annual program allocation of $300,000.
- Community Support Grant Program - Is a program aimed to support the community to deliver activities which require a small amount of funding and/or in-kind support. This is a small grant program, open all year round and assessed monthly, up to $5,000 per application and/or in-kind support with a total available annual program allocation of $300,000.
All programs are time limited and would cover activities that are able to be completed within an eighteen (18) month timeframe from notification of funds being allocated.
Keep an eye out on this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the grants email list to stay up to date on key program information and dates.
Council Community Grants Information and Drop-In Sessions
Council runs free information and drop-in sessions for community members to be guided on the community grants program with information on guidelines, eligibility, application process and timeframes. These will be held in May and June 2022. Click to view Information Session date and times and to view Drop-in Session dates and times, to register your spot.
Grant Writing Workshops
Council runs free independently facilitated workshops to guide you on making your projects grant ready as well as to improve your grant writing skills. The next Grant Writing Workshops will be held in May 2022. Click here to view workshop date and times and to register your spot now.
Other Grant Information
The ClubGRANTS scheme in the Central Coast’s Local Government Area is funded by local registered clubs to provide community support through a Local Committee. 2022 ClubGRANTS scheme is opening 9am 21 March 2022 and closing Midnight 2 May 2022, click here for more information.
Chain Valley Colliery / Delta Coal Community Fund
The Chain Valley Colliery Community Funding Program has been established as a joint initiative between Delta Coal (formerly Lake Coal Pty Ltd) and Central Coast Council to provide funding for a not-for-profit community organisation to deliver projects that improve community infrastructure and service in the following communities:
- Summerland Point
- Chain Valley Bay
- Mannering Park
On 23 December 2013, Delta Coal Pty Ltd (LCPL) was granted development consent to extract up to 2.1 million tonnes of coal per calendar year until 31 December 2027. As a condition of consent LCPL and Council have developed a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) that requires $0.035 for each tonne of coal produced to be allocated as a community funding program to develop community capacity within the suburbs of Summerland Point, Gwandalan, Chain Valley Bay and Mannering Park.
The 2022 funding program grant round timeframes will be announced soon.
Protection of the Environment Trust Grant
Individuals or community groups interested in undertaking environmentally based projects are encouraged to apply for funding under the Protection of the Environment Trust (POET). Updates on this program will be advertised and posted on this website.
All your grants, one searchable platform
The Central Coast Council Grant Finder portal is a comprehensive list of all grant and funding opportunities available for Central Coast businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals.
Frequently asked questions
You will have the opportunity to reapply for future funding when the Community Grant Program reopens.
Grants may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine and take into consideration any GST responsibilities you may be liable for. We suggest you consult your financial adviser. Adding a GST component to your application budget will not be accepted as part of your funding.
You will need to APPLY NOW in the June 2022 Round if you need grant funding to deliver a project or event over the next 18 months – this includes events and activities to be held in 2023.
No. If you have an overdue grant acquittal you will not be eligible to apply for any further grants until you the Grants team deem you have sufficiently acquitted.
Applicants are allowed to submit one application, per project, per financial year. If an applicant has applied within the Community Support Grant and the application has been declined the applicant is able to submit a new application for the same project in a subsequent round.