Grants and sponsorships

Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program will recommence in the 2021-22 financial year, with $900,000 in funding available. While the Community Grants Program has been modified in consideration of Council’s financial situation, Council recognises the critical role it plays in strengthening our community by supporting local community groups and organisations to deliver worthwhile projects, programs and events to the community.

Council’s 2021-22 Community Grants Program will include:

  • Community Development Grant Program
  • Community Events and Place Activation Program
  • Community Support Program

These three programs have been prioritised due to the significant benefits/outcomes these provide to the broader community.

Important information to note:

  • Community Development Grant Program - one round to open 1 July 2021, up to $20,000 per application with a total available annual program allocation of $300,000
  • Community Events and Place Activation - one round to open 1 July 2021, up to $20,000 per application with a total available annual program allocation of $300,000
  • Community Support Program - 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.
  • You need to plan ahead and apply now in the July Round 2021 if you need grant funding to deliver a project or event in the next 18 months – this includes events and activities to be held in 2022
  • The Social and Creative Enterprise Program, Community Infrastructure Grant Program and Heritage Grant Program will not be available in 2021/22
  • Applications for creative projects will be eligible under both Community Development or Community Events and Place Activation funding streams
  • Businesses operating community events are now able to apply for funding in the Community Events and Place Activation Grant Program
  • community run emergency services entities such as Rural Fire Service (RFS), State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) are now eligible to apply

Please note- the Sponsorship Program in 2021/22 is currently subject to review and will not commence at the same times as the Community Grants Round.

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 and sponsorship program with information on guidelines, eligibility, application process and timeframes. These will be held mid 2022.

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 mid 2022.

Other grant information

ClubGRANTS

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. 2020/21 ClubGRANTS scheme closed on 30 April 2021.

Chain Valley Colliery/Delta Coal Community Fund

The Chain Valley Colliery/Delta Coal Community Fund is a joint initiative between Delta Coal and Central Coast Council, this funding program is designed to improve community infrastructure and services in Summerland Point, Gwandalan, Chain Valley Bay and Mannering Park. The 2020 Colliery Grants program is closed and will reopen for applications in late 2021. Updates on the 2021 program will be advertised and posted on this website.

Protection of the Environment Trust Grant

The Protection of the Environment Trust Grant is for individuals or community groups interested in undertaking environmentally based projects are encouraged to apply for funding under the Protection of the Environment Trust (POET).  Submissions are now open and close on 31 May 2022.   

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

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What grant support and services are currently available through Council’s Community Grants Program?

The Community Grants Program is suspended for 2020/21 aligned with the objectives of Council’s Business Recovery Plan, and will reopen in 2021/22 with a modified program.

A series of information sessions and drop-in sessions will be held in June and July 2021 to provide information on the 2021/22 Community Grants Program and to assist you with completing your application.

Two free Grants Writing Workshops will be held in June 2021 to build capacity and skills to assist your group/organisation to successfully apply for grant funding.

We are also committed to connecting the Central Coast community with links to State and Federal Grants via Council’s Grant Finder portal.

What are the changes to the Council Sponsorship and Community Grants Program for 2021/22?

Due to Central Coast Council’s financial situation, the Community Grants Program for 2021/22 has been modified and reduced. The changes are as follows:

  • Community Development Grant Program – 1 round only, to open 1 July 2021
  • Community Events and Place Activation Program – 1 round only, to open 1 July 2021
  • Community Support Program – small grant program, open all year round and assessed monthly
  • The Social and Creative Enterprise Grants Program, Community Infrastructure Grant Program and Heritage Grant Program will not be available in 2021/22.
  • Applications for creative projects will be eligible under both Community Development or Community Events and Place Activation funding streams.
  • Businesses operating a community events are now eligible to apply for funding in the Community Events and Place Activation Grant Program
  • community run emergency services entities such as Rural Fire Service (RFS), State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) are now eligible to apply

When will the Sponsorship and Community Grants rounds reopen?

The Sponsorship and Community Grants Program is closed for 2020/21.

The Community Grants Program will reopen in July 2021 and there will be only one round for both the Community Development Grant Program and Community Events and Place Activation Program in the 2021/22 financial year.

The Sponsorship Program for 2021/22 is currently subject to review and will not commence at the same time as the Community Grants round.

If I have a project or event that is held in 2022 and requires grant funding when should I apply?

You will need to apply in the July 2021 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 2022.

Will this affect any grants I have already been awarded by Central Coast Council?

No, any grants already resolved by Council to be awarded will continue to be paid and are required to be acquitted as per the funding application, program guidelines and any specific project funding conditions.

What happens if I’ve submitted a grant application through Council’s Community Support Grant program in August, September or October 2020?

The Grants Team will contact you directly if you have submitted an applications via Council’s Community Support Grant program in August, September and October 2020 to check whether your project has proceeded without Council funding or whether the project has been delayed.  For projects still requiring funding you will need to resubmit your application when the Community Support Program opens in July.

What happens if I have been advised by Council from my previous unsuccessful grant applications to ‘consider reapplying in a subsequent grant round’?

You will have the opportunity to reapply for future funding when the Community Grant Program opens in July 2021.

Please note - The Social and Creative Enterprise Grants Program, Community Infrastructure Grant Program and Heritage Grant Program will not be available in 2021/22. The future of these programs will be determined prior to the 2022-23 financial year.

What is the situation of Council’s financial deficit?

For up-to-date information on Council’s current financial situation and visit the Business Recovery Plan.

Where else can I obtain funds for my community project?

Council is committed to connecting the Central Coast community with links to State and Federal Grants via Council’s Grant Finder portal.

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Grants
Phone: 
4325 8861

Community Development Grants

Grants to help deliver activities that foster a sense of community, build capacity within our community, strengthen our economic base, enhance the quality of life for local Central Coast residents and more.

Community Events and Place Activation Grants

A range of grants designed to support community organisations, groups and partnering businesses.

Community Support Grant Program

Provides support for the community to deliver activities that require a small amount of funding and/or in-kind support.

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).
Last updated : Tue 13 Jul 2021