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 2021/2022 financial year open on Monday, 15 March and close at 5pm on Monday, 26 April 2021. Click here to apply.

Click here to view the funding guidelines.

Community Grants Program

Provides support for local not-for-profit organisations and projects which benefit local residents. The program aims to:

  • Support the operation of community groups and non-profit organisations in the City of Canada Bay
  • Help grow the skills and capacity of these groups to plan, develop and implement self-managed programs to address local community needs or issues.

A total of $65,000 in grant funding is available in two different categories for the 2021/2022 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.

Click here to view the 2021-22 Community Funding Guidelines. Click here to start a new grant application.

Small Environmental Grants for Schools

Supports sustainability projects in schools and school communities. Please download the 2021 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 2021-22 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.

Click here for the Small Environmental Grants for Schools 2021 guideines. Click here to start a new grant application.  

Community Sponsorship Program

A contractual agreement between Council and a third party. It is a commercial arrangement which 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.

A total of $40,000 is available for sponsorship of community events for the 2021-22 financial year.

Click here to view the 2021-22 Community Funding Guidelines. Click here to start a new sponsorship application.

Dollar for Dollar Town Centre Grants

Supporting local projects that contribute to tangible local employment, local supplier engagement outcomes and activation within town centres by matching contributions towards a project under the following:

  • Evening Activation Grants — a total grant pool of $10,000 is available in matched grant funding to assist eligible local businesses and organisations to deliver evening activation initiatives that help stimulate local economic development and support a connected, inclusive, and creative City for the 2021-22 financial year. Click here to start a new grant application.
  • Small Place Activation Grants — a total grant pool of $10,000 is available in matched grant funding to promote local neighbourhoods through place activation initiatives that help reconnect and activate our town centres for the 2021-22 financial year. Click here to start a new grant application.

Click here to view the 2021-22 Dollar for Dollar Town Centre Grants Guidelines.

ClubGRANTS Program

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

The City of Canada Bay 2021 ClubGRANTS Category 1 round will open on Monday, 24 May 2021 and will close on Friday, 18 June 2021.

The City of Canada Bay priorities are:

  • Increase provision of inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities, older people, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Health and wellbeing programs that address social inequities for children, young people and families in the City of Canada Bay community
  • Provide programs for children and their parents (particularly women) to encourage participation and support health, wellbeing and development
  • Programs of interest for our multicultural community
  • Youth programs and activities
  • Programs and partnerships that support active ageing through access to health, fitness, cultural programs and community development activities
  • Promote physical activity that improves fitness levels and general health and wellbeing.

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.