Grants and Donations

We support the local community through the provision of financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations, community groups and individuals.

Financial assistance is in the form of community grants, donations and fee waivers in accordance with Council's Community Grants and Donations Policy.

Community Grants Program

Through the Community Grants Program, Council funds projects of up to $5,000 to enhance the development of existing services and programs and to encourage the creation of innovative new programs that address an identified community need.

Applications for projects that aim to create a more socially inclusive community and engage diverse communities of all ages are strongly encouraged.

Local not-for-profit community organisations, groups and clubs are invited to apply for:

  • Small Grants (up to $2,000) for the purchase of equipment, special activities or information resources
  • Seeding Grants (up to $5,000) to establish innovative programs that foster initiatives to address the social, cultural, creative, artistic and leisure needs of the community

Please read the Community Grants Program Guidelines for further information about eligibility criteria and the application process.

All applications must be submitted via the online Application Form.

  • Applications Open: Monday 4 February 2019
  • Applications Close: Friday 1 March 2019

Grant Information Sessions

Information sessions about the Community Grants Program will be held as follows:

  • Thursday 7 February 2019 - 2pm-3:30pm and 6:30pm-8pm
    Location: Pindari Room, Rockdale Town Hall, 448 Princes Highway, Rockdale
  • Thursday 14 February 2019 - 2pm-3:30pm and 6pm-7:30pm
    Location: Meeting Room, Eastgardens Library, 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens

Please RSVP attendance or direct any questions to

Donations Program

Council recognises there are situations where it is appropriate to respond to requests for a one-off donation to an individual, a charitable organisation or not for profit organisation, for a general or a specific purpose.

Applications for donations are considered on their merit and assessed in accordance with Council's Community Grants and Donations Policy and Community Strategic Plan.

Categories for funding under the donations program are:

Applicants must address the eligibility criteria outlined in the Community Grants and Donations Policy and complete the relevant application form as listed above.

Fee Waiver for Venues and Parks

Not-for-profit community organisations and clubs may be eligible for a waiver of 50% of the fee for use of Council operated venues and parks where the use is for the purpose of conducting a meeting, program or activity in accordance with the organisations purpose.

Eligibility is assessed in line with Council's Community Grants and Donations Policy and Council's Fees and Charges.

Applications must be made using the Fee Waiver application form.


ClubGRANTS are an initiative of the NSW Government and Clubs NSW to provide funding for community projects and services that have a direct impact on local communities.

ClubGRANTS are funded by a gaming machine tax rebate. Council DOES NOT financially contribute to the program but assists the local ClubGRANTS Committee by administering the application process.

Applications must use the online application form and address the identified local area priorities.

  • Applications Open: Friday 1 March 2019
  • Applications Close: Friday  26 April 2019

Local Clubs participating in the Bayside Local Area Committee for ClubGRANTS are:

Ramsgate RSL, Bexley RSL, Brighton RSL, Kingsgrove RSL, Georges River 16ft Sailing Club, Rockdale Tennis Club, Earlwood - Bardwell Park, and St George Rowing Club.

Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email