Grants and Financial Assistance

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.

COVID-19 Connect Grants

Recognising the significant impact COVID-19 is having on our local community, Council is offering COVID-19 Connect Grants to assist eligible applicants that continue to provide services that meet the immediate needs of vulnerable community members.

Funding is available of up to $5,000 per application.

Applications must meet specific objectives in addressing the technology gap and/or immediate operational expenses that are as a result of having to change service provision to online due to the current Public Health Orders to vulnerable clients. In particular, people who are either First Nation people, people aged 65+ years, people from culturally linguistic and diverse backgrounds, young people, and people with a disability.

How to Apply

Before completing the application form refer to Council's COVID-19 Connect Grants Guidelines for further information.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Community Capacity Building team on 9562 1597 or 9366 3680 to discuss their proposed application.

All applications are submitted online. The online application system allows you to save, develop and print out your application before you submit it.

Apply for a COVID-19 Connect Grant

Community Grants Program

Under the Community Grants Program, incorporated (or able to be auspiced), not for profit, local community 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.


Bayside Council is providing a total of $100,000 in funding to help support small community projects through its Community Grants Program.

The Community Grants Program 2020/2021 is now closed.

For enquiries or information regarding grant information sessions, please contact Council’s Community Grants and Administration Officer on 9366 3671 or email

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.

Funding Levels Available

Funding available for application is listed in this document.

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.

ClubGRANTS applications are closed for 2021.

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 Rowers on Cooks River.

Grants and Financial Assistance