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 you 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. 

Applications for the 2022-2023 Community Grants Program are now open.  They close on 23 October 2022. 


2022-23 Community Grants Program 

The 2022-23 Community Grants Program has three main categories and four Quick Grant categories. 

Mayoral Community Fund

For community groups who want benefit residents and establish, strengthen or implement projects that align with Kempsey Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan

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. 


Environmental Levy grants 

Assist volunteer environmental groups with restoration works on public land. 

For example, tools and equipment for weed eradication. 

$5,000 is the maximum amount of funding a group can receive from an Environmental Levy Grant, with $20,000 allocated to this category. 


Sporting grants

For local sporting clubs who want to purchase more equipment or make minor improvements to facilities that aligns 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, with $20,000 allocated to this category. 


Quick Grants 

Four grant categories aimed at supporting celebrated events in the community including Youth Week, Seniors Festival, NAIDOC Week and Festive events. 

For example, hosting community events during NAIDOC or Youth Week celebrations. 

$500 is the maximum amount of funding a group can receive from a Quick Grant. 

  • Festive events - local events and programs taking place in the Christmas and New Year period.  
  • Seniors Festival events -  local events to celebrate NSW Seniors Festival, which takes place 1 until 12 February 2023. 
  • Youth Week events - local events to celebrate NSW Youth Week, which is 20 to 30 April 2023. 
  • NAIDOC Week events* - local events during 2023 NAIDOC Week celebrations, which take place between 2 and 9 July 2023

* NAIDOC Week grants will open later in 2023.

Want to know more? 

To get all the details about the 2022-23 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 will be hosting a number of Community Grant information sessions across the shire to help groups with the process. Click on the link to see the dates for all Grant Writing Tips Workshops.