Community funding - Shoalhaven City Council

Community Funding


Every year Shoalhaven City Council makes funds available enabling community groups, organisations and, under some funding, individuals, to design, implement and complete projects that support and enhance the lives of residents of the Shoalhaven.

Annual Community Grant Programs have been developed to align with the Shoalhaven Community Strategic Plan and all applications must refer to the objectives and strategies of the Community Strategic Plan.

The table below provides a summary of Annual Community Grant Programs and the relevant Council contact Officer for each category. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant Council contact on (02) 4429 3111 to discuss their project and its eligibility prior to submitting an application. 


Category Grant Amount Council Contact Dates
Community Development

Community Grants Program 2018

Objectives & Guidelines

Application Form

Max $2,000

Community Development Coordinator 

Closed for 2018


Nowra CBD Access Improvement Financial Assistance Program

Guidelines 2018/2019

Application Form

Max $5,000 Community Development Coordinator


Close 9 November 2018


Advances to Community Groups (Interest Free Loans)

Up to $20,000

Acting Community Development Coordinator

Ongoing throughout the year


Youth Week


TBA for 2019

Youth Development Officer

Closed for 2018


ClubGRANTS 2018 Application


  Community Development Administrative Assistant

Closed for 2018


Dan Murphy Grants


Community Development Administrative Assistant

Closed for 2018
Social Infrastructure Sports Capital Works Partnership Program Up to $50,000 Infrastructure Officer Round 1 - 1 July Round 2 - 1 Nov
  Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines Up to $50,000 Infrastructure Officer Round 1 - 1 July Round 2 - 1 Nov
Arts and Culture

Shoalhaven Arts Board Grants Guidelines

Shoalhaven Arts Board Grant Application

2x $5,000

1 x $10,000

Unit Manager Arts & Culture

Grants Open 18 July 2017

Grants Close 1 September 2017


Precincts Marketing Application

Precincts Marketing Guidelines

Up to $5,000

Tourism Manager  

Infrastructure Development Grants Application

Infrastructure Development Grants Guidelines

Up to $5,000 Tourism Manager  

General Information

Prospective applicants are advised to become familiar with the Shoalhaven Community Strategic Plan Shoalhaven 2023, Standard Community Funding Guidelines and specific guidelines/criteria relevant to each funding stream. This should be done prior to completing the application form.

In addition, Council provides information to assist organisations seeking Community driven projects on Council land and Public Reserves.

Standard Guidelines

Community Grants offered by Shoalhaven City Council enable community groups, organisations (and in the case of some Arts Grants) individuals to design, implement and complete projects that enhance the lives of residents of the Shoalhaven.

The lodging of an application is not a guarantee of funding. Each application will be assessed on its merit.

Where possible those lodging unsuccessful applications will be advised of alternate funding possibilities.

To be considered an application must conform to the goals and strategies of the Shoalhaven Community Strategic Plan. Applicants are advised to refer to this strategy in the application.

Tourism applications will also need to refer to the Shoalhaven Tourism Master Plan.

Social Infrastructure applications will also need to refer to the Shoalhaven Community Infrastructure Strategic Plan.

An Evaluation and Financial Acquittal of the funded purpose is required. This will include a breakdown of how the funding was spent, receipts (where possible) and number of participants. This is due at the completion of the project. If this step is not complied with the organisation will not be eligible for further funding until the Evaluation and Financial Acquittal is returned.

The organisation receiving financial assistance will publicly acknowledge Council's assistance on any promotional material associated with the project.

Eligible for Funding

  • The applicant must be a community not for profit organisation (or individual- Arts Board Grants only)
  • The project must seek to provide primarily to benefit residents and/or visitors to the Shoalhaven
  • Organisations seeking funding must be legally constituted or auspiced by an incorporated association
  • Each project can only be funded by one grant category. Applicants are advised to choose the grant category that best suits the project
  • Applicants must demonstrate that all relevant approvals have been obtained.

Not Eligible for Funding

  • Any organisation which has not acquitted any prior funding from Council
  • Projects requesting retrospective funding for monies that have already been expended or works completed
  • Funding of maintenance / operations items / provision of machinery
  • Funding towards any unlawful or irresponsible purposes
  • Funds that will be distributed to other organisations or people in the form of a donation, gift or prize
  • Projects that are the responsibility of other government bodies
  • The organisation requesting financial assistance should not be a political party or associated either directly or indirectly with any political party whether registered or not
  • Applications will not be accepted from government agencies and/or authorities

Applications must include:

  1. A completed application form, ensuring that all details have been provided.
  2. The organisation's latest audited financial statement, or where an organisation is not subject to audit requirements, a statement of income and expenditure over the past 12 months must be provided.
  3. A copy of the organisation's most recent Annual Report
  4. A copy of the organisation's constitution or Statement of Aims and Objectives if a new applicant, or where these details have changed since a previous application
  5. All other relevant information has been attached e.g. quotes.

Funding Programs

Community Funding

NSW Recreational Fishing Trust - Grants Open

Do you have a great ide for improving fishing in your local area? Then now is the time to apply for a grant from the NSW Recretional Fishing Trust. These grants are to encourage fishing and community groups to apply for grants to improve recreational fishing on the South Coast. The grants are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, community groups and individuals.

Applicaitons close on 30th November 2018 and joint applications, including those that combine freshwater and saltwater projects are encouraged.

Please note this is not grant funding from Shoalhaven City Council

More information is availabel at the following link.

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