Community Building Partnerships

Closes 5pm 9 August 2017

Ballina electorate was able to give away $300,000 in funding under this programme last year. The next round of funding is now open.

Community groups, Public School P&Cs and councils are invited to apply.

Grants need to be for:

  • building/repairing/refurbishing community infrastructure; or
  • capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2,500
  • Public School P&Cs need to have the school Principal to sign a one-page form  prior to the applications closing 

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2019.

All information about the Community Building Partnership Grants can be found on the programme website (link below).

2017 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program

Applications close 5pm on Friday, 4 August 2017.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate which contribute to the development of education and employment opportunities of communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer. Community groups, School Parents & Citizens groups, 

Grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive are available. Or organisations may apply for IT equipment.

Before applying, please read the Guidelines and Application Form carefully.

Visit for more information and application forms.


Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program

Funding is available for water safety organisations, community groups and research bodies to help prevent drowning deaths throughout NSW. The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program is open for applications until 4 August 2017.

Priority will be given to initiatives that target high-risk groups and locations that have been identified in research by Royal Life Saving.

This includes projects that focus on:

  • encouraging active parental supervision of children around water;
  • changing the risk-taking behaviour of men;
  • highlighting the dangers of swimming at unpatrolled locations; and
  • educating Aboriginal communities, CALD communities and international visitors.

Information about the Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program can be found at


Habitat Action Grants

Applications close 18 September 2017

Grants of up to $40,000 for fishing clubs, community groups, local councils and individuals with project ideas that will enhance and rehabilitate degraded recreational fish habitat in rivers, creeks or estuaries.

For full details see


Arts - Quick Response Grants

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants (‘Quicks’) offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.

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Rous Water Blue and Green Business Program

Businesses, schools and community groups can apply for financial assistance in the form of water rebates for projects to improve their water efficiency (taps, toilets, shower heads, water tanks, water recycling systems) and reduce their demand for water from the Rous Water regional water supply system.

Visit the Rous County Council website for more information and how to apply.