Apply for a Grant, Donation or Financial Assistance

Council provides financial assistance through the Community Grants and Donations Program under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993. This program assists eligible charities, community and sporting organisations and individuals.

Community Grants

Community Grants

Step 1.Briefing and Training Session for 2021/22 Community Grants Program

There have been significant changes to the upcoming Community Grants round for 2022. Council will be holding an information session followed by training online on Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 6.30pm.

We encourage past and present applicants to register for this session so you can get an understanding of the changes prior to the grant round opening on 1 February 2022.

 

Community Grants - Briefing and Training Session for Community Grants 2021/2022

Click here to Register

Enquiries – grants@thehills.nsw.gov.au


 

Step 2.The 2020/21 Community Grants Program is now closed.

The applications for 2020/2021 have been assessed under Council’s Community Grants Program Guidelines within the Community Grants and Donations Policy.

Click here to view the Community Grants and Donations Policy.(PDF, 676KB)

Click here to view the Community Grants Program Guidelines.(PDF, 166KB)

 

Step 3.About the Community Grants Program

The below local priorities were developed to assist applicants to understand the type of projects supported under the program.

Priority  Examples 
 

Events that Connect the Community 

Aim: This category aims to support events that build vibrant, connected and inclusive communities by bringing people together and showcasing the features of their community. 


  • Cultural festivals
  • Food and local produce fairs
  • Music or creative arts industry events
 

Domestic Violence Prevention and Recovery

Aim: To support initiatives and activities for the prevention of and recovery from domestic violence.


  • Initiatives aimed at reducing and preventing domestic violence by addressing underlying causes before violence occurs.
  • Initiatives aimed at identifying individuals or groups at risk of engaging in violent behaviours or becoming a victim of domestic violence.
  • Initiatives aimed at reducing the effects of violence after it has occurred and preventing reoccurrence.
 

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention 

Aim: This category aims to support services, initiatives and activities that promote good mental health, create strategies for managing mental health, actively support the participation of people with mental health issues in the community, and address suicide prevention. 

 
  • Initiatives aimed improving resilience in people suffering depression and anxiety 
  • Initiatives that target a priority population through education
  • Initiatives that increase opportunities for social connection and resilience
  • Initiatives that create contact interventions for people at risk of suicide
 

Community Participation Opportunities 

Aim: This category aims to support inclusive community participation opportunities for a range of community groups.

 
  • Initiatives that support inclusion for people with disabilities
  • Initiatives that increase opportunities for seniors to remain active and connected to community
  • Initiatives that protect young people, support them and build a platform for their success
  • Initiatives that support improved education and employment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities 

 

Applications were open in the following categories:-

  • Cultural Grants: to support projects, events or activities that encourage community participation, social inclusion and community engagement and enable delivery of creative, artistic and cultural projects that enrich The Hills Shire community.
  • Community Services Grants: to encourage community groups to develop and implement programs or projects that address social needs; build community partnerships; improve access to community services; and to increase their services beyond their current capability.

Funding between $1,000 and $15,000 was considered under this program.

Donations

Donations

To view the Community Donations Program Guidelines, click here.(PDF, 117KB)

Sporting, Cultural and Community Services Donations

Council will consider applications from individuals, not-for-profit and incorporated organisations that are delivering community services, participation in local sporting or cultural competitions or cultural activities in The Hills LGA.

These donations will be one-off per applicant each financial year and will be considered on a case by case basis. You will be asked to demonstrate financial need as part of the application process.

Applications for donations may be made throughout the year and will be processed on a regular basis.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Sporting or Cultural Competition

Apply for this donation if you are an individual or organisation who is competing in a competition eg. Sporting, art, music, literary.

Sporting or Cultural Activity Donation

Apply for this donation if you are an individual, organisation, not-for-profit or an incorporated body.  This donation will support projects, events or activities that encourage community participation, social inclusion and community engagement within the Hills LGA, eg. delivery of creative, artistic and cultural events that enrich the community.

Community Services Donation

Apply for this donation if you are an individual, organisation, not-for-profit or an incorporated body.  This donation encourages community groups to develop and implement programs or projects that address the social needs of residents within the Hills Shire, eg. build community partnerships to improve access to community services or skills for residents of the Hills Shire and to provide operational and/or equipment for local organisations to increase services beyond your current capability.

Click here to apply for a Sporting, Cultural or Community Services Donation.

Other Financial Assistance

Other Financial Assistance

Other Financial Assistance applications are open to any persons, community groups or private gain entities in accordance with Section 356 of the Local Government Act.

Applications can be made throughout the year and are subject to the conditions as outlined in the Community Grants and Donations Policy and Community Grants Program Guidelines.

Click here to view the Community Grants and Donations Policy.(PDF, 676KB)

Click here to view the Community Grants Program Guidelines.(PDF, 166KB)

There is no prescribed limit to the amount of funding you can apply for and you will be asked to demonstrate why an application wasn’t made through Council’s annual Community Grants Program.

Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis by a panel consisting of the Mayor, 3 Councillors and 1 member of the Audit Committee. Approval of funding and release of funds is subject to Council’s annual budget and financial commitments.

Completion reporting is required for all funding approvals with financial auditing required for funding over $5,000.

Please ensure you read and understand all Policy and Guidelines documentation prior to commencing your application.

What type of projects, event or activities may be funded?

  • Community projects, disaster fundraising or events that take place within the Hills Shire.
  • There is an expectation that there will be significant other grants and partners for the project, ie. match funding.

 

Who can apply?

  • Individual and for profit, commercial organisations
  • Not-for-profit can apply under this category, however the expectation is that they would normally apply during the Annual Community Grant round.  They will need to demonstrate why they did not or could not wait to apply through the Annual Community Grant round.

 

How will my application be assessed?

  • Proposed grants will be assessed by a committee, either chaired by the Mayor or delegate, plus a minimum of three Councillors and an external member of the Audit and Risk Committee followed by a report to Council.
  • If recommended for approval, the grants will be placed on exhibition for 28 days.
  • If there are no submissions funding will be released to the successful organisation after a Funding Agreement has been submitted to Council.

 

Click here to apply for Other Financial Assistance.