Community grants FAQs


What are the 2023-2024 Council Community Grant categories?

Council has introduced a grants program for 2023- 2024, with funding available from: 

What does the group I represent need to have in place to apply?

The main requirement is that the group needs to be a registered not-for-profit with an Australian ABN and Public Liability Insurance. Other eligibility criteria are outlined in the Community Grant Guidelines. 

What if our group is not a registered not-for-profit, can we still apply?

Yes you can but you need to be auspiced (sponsored) by a group that is a registered not-for-profit. For more information about auspicing please refer to the Community Grant Guidelines. 

How does a group apply?

Applications are made through an online application website called SmartyGrants. To apply you will need a computer with internet access. Once the application period opens go to: 


What do I do if I do not have a computer?

Council’s libraries have computers with internet access. Make sure you call Kempsey Library beforehand on 6566 3210. Please note the Library staff can assist you in accessing the computer but cannot assist you with your application.


Is there any way I can get some advice on the new grant program and how to submit an application?

A short video on the Community Grant application writing process has been produced. View it below or by visiting Handy tips to make a strong Community Grants application


Community Grant Guidelines are also available on that page and provide you with the information that you need to apply. Hard copies of the guidelines are available at Council’s Customer Service counter and our libraries. 

For specific project assistance please contact customer service - P 02 6566 3200 | E

When do applications open?

Round 1 - Applications open Monday 4 September 2023 and close on Friday 29 September 2023. 

Round 2 - Applications open Monday 26 February 2024 and close on Monday 25 March 2024.


When will groups know if they have been successful in securing a grant?

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified after the October 2023 and May 2024 Council Meetings.