Community grants

Do you volunteer for a community group that does amazing things in the Macleay Valley?

Do you have a project idea that will support the community but need financial assistance to make it happen?

You may be eligible for a Kempsey Shire Council community grant. 

Our Community Grants program offers grant funding to active community groups so they can deliver community-led projects in a wide variety of forms that benefit Kempsey Shire. 


The 2023-2024 Community Grants Program - Round 2

Grant funding is available from the Mayoral, Sporting and NAIDOC week categories.

Application open Monday, 26 February 2024

Applications close Monday, 25 March 2024 

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2023-24 Community Grants Program - Round 2 

The 2023-24 Community Grants Program has three categories.


Mayoral Community Fund

The Mayoral Community Fund category provides funding support for community groups who want to benefit residents and establish, strengthen or implement projects that align with Kempsey Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan and can demonstrate evidence of need. Partnerships between agencies are encouraged. 

For example, improvements to public spaces such as air conditioning installation, electrical fit outs, maintenance and new equipment. 

$5,000 is the maximum amount of funding a group can receive from the Mayoral Community Fund. 


Sporting Grants

Sporting grants provide funding to local sporting clubs who want to purchase more sporting equipment or make minor improvements to their facilities that align with the Macleay Valley Sporting Strategy

For example, purchase a barbeque for fundraising, installing seating and shading, goal keeping equipment and minor upgrades of clubhouse facilities. 

$2,500 is the maximum amount of funding a group can receive from a Sporting Grant.


Quick Grants 

$500 Community Quick Grants provide funding to local organisations and are aimed at celebrating specific themed events throughout the community. 

NAIDOC Week Grant: Funding to hold an event aimed at engaging the community during NAIDOC week held in July each year.  

Want to know more? 

To get all the details about the 2023-24 Community Grant Program, download the Community Grant Guidelines(PDF, 1MB) PDF.

How do I apply? 

Applications can be made through the online system SmartyGrants. You can locate all grant application forms here.

Need advice or support? 

For help with community grants, please contact Council on 6566 3200 or email Council staff can provide advice on your application and how to navigate the SmartyGrants portal. 

Council staff have outlined the grant writing process in a short video. Watch below or visit Creating a Community Grants application.