Bellingen Shire Council currently offers a series of small community grants each year.
Two grant rounds are offered each financial year which is limited to Council’s yearly budget. This is currently $55,000 across the three grant programs. To better understand each of the grants, Guidelines have been created which outline what types of events, projects or activities that may be eligible for funding and the type of organisations that can apply. It is important that the Guidelines are read prior to making an application. The Grants and Business Development Officer is available to talk through any questions you may have regarding the grants, application process and/or your proposed activity, project or event.
The following community grant programs are available:
Creative Placemaking is a program about invigorating and activating public spaces through art by taking a unique and creative approach that encourages participation in arts and cultural activities. These activities may include invigorating street furniture, public sculpture, murals, laneway transformation or musical performance. The Creative Placemaking program is open to all members of the community.
The Community Support Fund
The Community Support Fund is a small grants program that aims to support local community activities that achieve broad community benefit. Open to not for profit organisations and registered charities, eligible projects and activities might include programs for seniors or youth, small infrastructure projects or equipment to support community activities.
The Community Event Sponsorship Funds
The Community Event Sponsorship Funds is a small grants program that supports local community events. Open to incorporated not-for-profit organisations and registered charities, events should aim to foster partnerships between community organisations, target regions outside the Shire and be innovative and creative.
Round 2 of the 2021/2022 Community Grant Programs will be open from Tuesday 05 October and close on Monday 1 November. Please refer to the Guidelines for more information prior to making an application. Applications should be submitted on or before the closing date via the online grant management portal. Late applications will not be accepted.