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.

Grant categories

There are four different categories you can apply under:

  • Mayoral Community Fund
  • Sporting Grants
  • Council Community Hall Grants
  • Environmental Levy Grants

While we would love to support every organisation that applies, please note the application process is competitive and you’ll have to provide evidence to support your project idea.

Applications from organisations that support a large section of our community and partner with other organisations will be regarded favourably.

How to apply

For community grant guidelines and application forms, go to Your Say Macleay.

Macleay Grant Hub

Macleay Grant Hub is a one-stop shop for funding available to all groups and businesses in the Macleay Valley. The service is free to access and you can register to receive updates and track grant and funding opportunities.

Supporting information

Often, when you are applying for funding, you will need statistics or demographic information to justify why a funding body should support your application.

Council has partnered with to provide you with free access to a range of useful information to support your application.

Are you looking for partners to work with you on your project? You can search the Kempsey Community Directory by service, category or location. The directory may also help you identify where there’s a service need or gap or whether multiple services are already available in a location.

Promoting your events

If you’re applying for funding to run an event, make sure you promote it using Council’s free events platform, Hey Hey Macleay.

If you plan to run an event on Council land, you’ll need to complete our events application form.


To find out how your business or organisation could sponsor local events, programs or awards, visit Partner with Council.