Community funding

If you have a great idea that would benefit the local community but just need help giving it a kick-start, the City of Canada Bay can help support you. Our community grants and sponsorship programs can provide funding, or related benefits such as reduced fees and rates, to local organisations.

Applicants need to meet certain criteria for each proposed project before lodging a request. Our funding programs cover a wide range of events, activities, services and projects that benefit our community and meet aspects of our community strategic plan.

Applications for the 2023-24 Community Funding Programs are now closed.

Applications for 2023 ClubGRANTS are now closed.

Find a grant

Local residents, businesses and community groups looking for grants and funding now have access to the City of Canada Bay's Grant Guru service, a custom search tool which hand-picks grants and funding opportunities specifically for residents, businesses and community groups in the City of Canada Bay. To find a grant, go to

ClubGRANTS Program

ClubGRANTS is an initiative of the NSW Government and ClubsNSW to provide funding for community development projects and services in local areas.

The City of Canada Bay 2023 ClubGRANTS Category 1 closed on Sunday, 25 June 2023.

The City of Canada Bay priorities are:

  • Increasing inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities, older people, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Addressing social inequities for young people, children and their parents (particularly women) to encourage participation and support health, wellbeing and community development.
  • To support and promote active and healthy living including physical and mental wellbeing through access to health, fitness, cultural programs and community development activities.
  • Increasing a sense of belonging and harmony in the community by providing intergenerational opportunities and knowledge sharing.
  • Programs of interest or support for our First Nations, multicultural and LBGTQIA communities.
  • Low cost and accessible.
  • Promoting volunteering and building connections.
  • Connecting residents in higher density and growing communities.
Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program provides support for local not-for-profit organisations and projects that benefit City of Canada Bay residents.

The program aims to:

  • Increase inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities, older people, young people, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Focus on delivering equitable social, community, recreational and cultural benefits to the community.
  • Foster social participation, community connection and wellbeing projects in our community.
  • Encourage increased skills and capacity of local groups to plan, develop and implement self-managed programs to address a local social issue or need.
  • Support the operation of community groups and non-profit organisations in the City of Canada Bay.

A total of $65,000 in grant funding is available in two different categories for the 2023-2024 financial year:

  • Community Support Grant — funding up to $1,000 to support existing operations.
  • Community Development Grant — funding up to $5,000 to support the development of community development projects and programs.
Community Sponsorship Program

A contractual agreement between Council and a third party. It is a commercial arrangement that offers cash or in-kind support to a project, event or initiative in return for a specified benefit. Unlike grants, in a sponsorship agreement, Council has an expectation of a return on investment, such as increased profile through the initiative’s publicity and promotional activities.

Applicants may seek sponsorship from Council in the following ways:

  • In-kind contribution (waiver of Council fees and charges)
  • Cash contribution
  • A combination of in-kind and cash contribution.
Small Environmental Grants for Schools

This supports sustainability projects in schools and school communities. Please download the 2023 Small Environmental Grants for School Guidelines for more information on the eligibility and the assessment criteria.

The program aims to:

  • Encourage and support environmental and sustainability outcomes in schools and school communities
  • Promote school engagement with projects that protect or enhance the environment
  • Encourage projects that develop knowledge, skills and active involvement in the environment.
  • A total of $10,000 in grant funding is available in two different categories for the 2023-24 financial year:
  • Support Grant — funding up to $1,000 to expand on existing projects
  • Development Grant — funding up to $3,000 for the implementation of new projects.
Other funding provided by Council

Fee waivers for sports ground and community facilities — on occasion Council does support community events with full or partial fee waivers. This can be applied for as part of the sponsorship program for events.

Local Heritage Assistance Fund — encourages conservation work with dollar for dollar grants available up to $3,000 to owners of heritage items and up to $2,000 to owners of contributory buildings in conservation areas.

Applications can be received anytime and are only accepted for work that has been completed and paid for. Applications will be assessed for approval every three months by the Heritage Advisor.

Small Grants Program for Individuals and Teams — supports individuals and teams participating in amateur local, regional, interstate and overseas events from the following categories:

  • Sports competitor
  • Cultural/arts achievement
  • Academic/literary achievement.

Rusty Priest Scholarship Program — Council established the Rusty Priest Kokoda Scholarship to develop leadership skills in high school students. For more information please contact Council's Operations Manager, Community Services on 9911 6248.