Apply for a Grant


Prior to applying for a grant, we suggest you fully read the adopted Grants Policy below before beginning your application.

If you need assistance with this policy or your application please contact Council via -


Policy 3 - 2021 - 2024 - Community Grants Policy(PDF, 378KB)

The purpose of the policy is to enable Council to provide financial assistance for activities that increase community service outcomes and community participation activities for residents.

Effective and efficient use of public resources allocated for assisting community groups and not-for-profit organisations to provide events, services, and activities for the benefit of The Hills Shire.

An equitable, transparent process for determining and allocating Council’s grants and donations with appropriate accountabilities for grant recipients.

Greater community participation, social inclusion, cohesion and engagement and improved quality of life for the community of The Hills Shire.



Under this policy there are one of three grant categories (listed below) that you can apply for each financial year.

Please note that you can only apply for one of the following three grants per financial year. Applicants who have already received a grant in the same financial year, excluding auspice arrangements, are ineligible to apply for any further grants.


Minor Community Grant

Council will consider applications up to $2,500 for not-for-profit and incorporated organisations and individuals can apply for a maximum of up to $500 for their participation in state, national or international sporting, artistic, education and musical performances.

Login or Create New Smarty Grants Account to Apply for a Minor Community Grant


Other Financial Assistance

Council will consider applications from individuals, not-for-profit community organisations and commercial/private organisations. 

This grant will be assessed quarterly by a panel determined by the Mayor or General Manager and it may be placed on public exhibition for 28 days following Council endorsement.

Applications will be processed on a quarterly basis.

The current annual closing dates are:

  • 1 April
  • 1 July
  • 1 October
  • 1 January

Please note that these dates are subject to change.

Login or Create New Smarty Grants Account to Apply for Other Financial Assistance Grant


Annual Community Grant (applications currently closed)

Council will consider applications between $2,501 and $25,000 from local not-for-profit, incorporated, and/or registered charitable organisations delivering services to, or providing activities for, residents of The Hills Shire.

Note: This round is held annually and is normally conducted during the first quarter of each Financial Year (subject to change).