Funding Available

There are several funding programs that Council either:

  • provides the financial funds for OR
  • assists Hawkesbury residents to apply for other funding i.e. state, federal, clubs community grants etc.

Community Sponsorship Program 2018/2019

Hawkesbury City Council may, from time to time, provide sponsorship to support activities or events which will benefit the residents of the Hawkesbury.

Round 3 of the program is currently open and applications will be received until the close of business, Friday 17 May 2019.

Working in partnership with our community to build a vibrant, connected and livable Hawkesbury Council’s Community Sponsorship Program may support Hawkesbury based community organisations or individuals wanting to undertake activities that address the needs of the community as identified in Council’s adopted strategic plan. The program also covers individuals who have been selected to represent the Hawkesbury at a state, national and international sporting competition or cultural event.

The purpose of Council’s sponsorship program is to enable community groups and individuals to access resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

These resources could include:

  • Financial - in terms of direct funding
  • Human - in terms of advice, skill and expertise of Council staff
  • Material - in terms of goods and services provided directly by Council as an 'in-kind' contribution

There are five categories within the Community Sponsorship Program.

  • Access to Community FacilitiesCouncil may provide funding to assist in the use or hire of community facilities, such as community halls.
    Funding is on a dollar-for-dollar basis to a maximum of $500-.
  • Program & Activity Seeding Grants
    Council may provide funding community programs that help build a sustainable, healthy, resilient and connected Hawkesbury.
    The maximum funding is $3000-.
  • Minor Assistance
    Council may provide funding to enable groups or individuals to participate in representative sporting or cultural competitions.
    The maximum funding is 150- per individual or $750- per team of 5 or more.
  • Improvements to Council Owned Community Facilities
    Council may provide funding to enable not-for-profit community groups to apply for reimbursement of Development Application fees for renovations or additions to Council owned community managed buildings or facilities.
    The maximum funding is $800-.
  • Accessibility Improvements
    Council may provide funding to improve accessibility to businesses and services in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area.
    The maximum funding is $3000-.

Please read the Information Sheet and apply on the Application Form by the closing date Friday 17 May 2019.

If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities or to apply for funding, please contact Hawkesbury City Council's Volunteer Programs and Community Grants Co-Ordinator on (02) 4560 4576 or

For information on funding for community events please contact our Events Co-ordinator on (02) 4560 4404.

The ClubGRANTS Scheme

Applications for ClubGRANTS 2019 are now closed. It is anticipated that the program will recommence in mid-March 2020.

The ClubGRANTS Scheme is a shared arrangement between registered clubs with gaming machine revenue over $1 million per annum which provides funds for local community service needs and priorities. The scheme was introduced in 1998 by the NSW Government and allows clubs to claim a tax deduction of up to 2.25% on taxable gaming machine revenue over $1 million for monies spent on community support. A Local Committee has been convened in the Hawkesbury council area to make funding recommendations to local ClubGRANTS clubs.

Hawkesbury City ClubGRANTS clubs are:

  • The Richmond Club
  • Panthers North Richmond
  • Windsor RSL

Projects in the following categories may qualify for Category 1 funding:

Community welfare and social services

  • Family Support
  • Supported emergency & low cost accommodation
  • Counselling services
  • Child care and child protection
  • Aged, disability or youth services
  • Veteran welfare services Volunteer emergency services, such as surf lifesaving and rural fire services

Community development

  • Neighbourhood centre activities
  • Community education programs
  • Youth drop-in facilities
  • Community transport services
  • Tenant’s services
  • State-wide or regional services developing social policies and providing advocacy for local community services

Community health services

  • Early childhood health
  • Child and family services
  • Community nursing
  • Therapy
  • Community mental health services
  • Health promotion initiatives
  • Drug and alcohol services Palliative care/women’s health/dental/disability services
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services
  • Home and community care services

Employment assistance activities

  • Employment placement services
  • Group training
  • Employment advocacy
  • Community enterprises
  • Local job creation schemes

Please note:

  • Requests for recurrent funding will not be eligible.
  • Organizations who have not acquitted previous CDSE or ClubGRANTS funding will not be eligible.

Priority will be given to projects that address/assist the needs of disadvantaged groups in the Hawkesbury community (children, young people, older people, people born overseas, women, indigenous Australians, people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups).

Category 1 Key outcomes

Projects need to:

  • meet a clearly identified community/social need.
  • be able to demonstrate positive benefits for the community members being targeted
  • have a quality service delivery and customer service focus

Category 1 Project Management

Projects will need to have

  • demonstrated their ability to resource and manage the project
  • addressed strategies for access and equity
  • have demonstrated local community support

Category 1 Applications

Applications for Category 1 funding will be received from 9am on 18 March 2019 with a closing time of 5pm on 14 June 2019. Please note that the application portal will now be available before the opening time and day and will close promptly at 5pm on the closing day.

You must apply for funds online only on the application form.

Community groups and clubs interested in further information may contact Council’s ClubGRANTS Convener on (02) 4560 4576 or email

Category 2 Applications - Applications for category 2 grants (including sporting, cultural and other activities) are administered directly by the clubs.

Visit Club NSW for additional information on how to apply for ClubGRANTS funding or contact the ClubsNSW Member Enquiries Centre on Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on Ph:1300 730 001 or

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