Grants and Funding

We are responsible for a range of funding programs aimed at helping not-for-profit community groups support activities that provide social, environmental or economic benefits to our community.

Besides the information below, we also have up-to-date information on other currently available sources of funding and grants. We're happy to provide this information to community groups upon request. 

Sounds too complicated? Don't worry, we can advise your group on submissions and funding applications. 

Stronger Communities Fund

The Stronger Communities Fund has been established by the NSW Government as part of their Fit for the Future reform program.  It provides newly merged councils with funding to kick start the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services.  The program provides a total of $1million in grants to be distributed to incorporated not-for-profit community groups, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities in the MidCoast region.  

The first round of $500,000 funding was allocated in late-November 2016 to community projects that ranged from boatsheds and community gardens, to hall refurbishments and exercise trails. In round two, another $500,000 will be distributed, with community groups being eligible for up to $50,000 for projects such as upgrading existing facilities, the introduction of new community services, or funding for sporting infrastructure or equipment.

Please note, the maximum is $50,000 per community group in total (combined round one and round two funding).


Applications for the second round of funding will open on 1 May 2017 and close on 9 June 2017, for projects to be completed by 31 December 2018.


To be successful for funding community projects must meet the following criteria:

  • deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to our local communities
  • address an identified community priority
  • have as broad a reach as possible
  • be well defined with a clear budget. All costs $5,000 and over require a minimum of two quotes.
  • demonstrate that any ongoing or recurrent costs of the project can be met by the community group once grant funding has been expensed
  • the organisation must demonstrate the capacity to manage funds and deliver the project successfully.

In addition, successful applicants from round one must have completed their round one project before a round two application will be considered.

Click here to begin your application

For general enquiries please contact Lyndie Hepple on 6591 7490 or email 

Local heritage fund

For over ten years Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have offered grants to owners of local heritage places in the Manning Valley.  This year Council is expanding this to the entire MidCoast Council area. The grants aim to provide owners of heritage places a 'helping hand' to make a start to renovating or conserving their place.  

The grants offer assistance of up to $1,000, but in some special cases up to $2,000 can be provided. Owners need to show how they are also contributing to the project, as the grant can not be more than 50% of the total project costs. 

Currently there are almost 420 heritage places listed in the MidCoast Council area which are eligible to apply for funding.

Find out more about what types of projects are eligible, the assessment criteria and how to apply below.

*** UPDATED APPLICATION CLOSE DATE: Monday 10 July 2017 ***

Eligible projects

Eligible projects are those involving the repair, maintenance or reinstatement of missing items on heritage buildings.  This can include fences, verandahs, windows, roof cladding and decorative detail. Projects can involve structural work through to final painting of projects.  Projects must be located within the MidCoast Council area.

Funding will generally not be provided for the following projects:

  • where work has already commenced or has been previously completed without prior knowledge or agreement of Council or the heritage advisor
  • where substantial assistance has been previously provided or where the applicant has yet to complete other assisted projects
  • the purchase of reusable equipment (eg power tools) or the purchase of a building/site
  • inappropriate use of materials/work that does not comply with heritage principles  (eg extensions to a heritage building or relocated building) or for studies/reports related to the demolition, removal or relocation of heritage items.

The conditions of approval outline the requirements that need to be met by successful applicants.

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be assessed against your application (it is not necessary to meet all of these criteria):

  • the applicant’s ability to demonstrate technical and financial responsibility with regard to the project and meet the completion date of 4 May 2018
  • the degree to which the applicant is financially contributing to the project
  • projects which are visible (eg replacement of a verandah to a building in a main street location) or demonstrate important heritage value to the community
  • projects which have public accessibility (eg local museum, church or a private home which is open to the public several times a year)
  • projects which are located in an area which has received little or no funding previously
  • urgent projects to avert a threat to a heritage item.

Timing/reporting of project

Works must be completed and a final report provided to Council by 4 May 2018.  Prior to completion, regular updates are to be submitted as milestones are reached (emails are sufficient).  The final report will provide a record of the work undertaken, expenditure and photographs (before/after).  If updates or the final report are not provided, funding may be withdrawn. 

What you need to do?

  1. Contact the heritage advisor (Lillian Cullen) – discuss the eligibility/details of your project and determine whether a development approval is required. Please call Council on 6591 7222 to organise an appointment with Lillian if required.
  2. Background research – to demonstrate how the work maintains/restores the heritage value of the place.  Your local library, historical society or Lillian may be able to assist.  
  3. Plan - decide on the extent of work to be undertaken in a clear schedule of works.  Try to match materials and building styles.  You need to get quotes for the work (two quotes are suggested).  Depending on the size of the project you may need to include sketches/plans.  Take photographs of the setting of the building, elevations and close-ups of any particular work to be done
  4. Fill in the application form - either post or email a copy to Council and don’t forget to include the attachments. All applications need to be received by Council by Monday 10 July 2017.

Important - do not assume immediate approval of your project or that retrospective work will be reimbursed without prior agreement. Work should not commence until you have received an approval letter from Council.

 Community Grants Program

This program gives money to non-profit community organisations in the region, for projects that provide community services and benefits.

We are currently working on developing a new MidCoast community grants program. 


We are encouraging community organisations to apply for a ClubGRANT now.

The ClubGRANTS program delivers funding in the MidCoast Council area each year, where NSW clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue, provide funding for community projects and services.

Several clubs in both the Great Lakes and Greater Taree regions deliver funding through this program and applications are now open for groups within those regions to apply for grants.

All eligible groups are encouraged to apply for these grants.  Recipients of previous grant funding allocations are reminded that they are required to have completed and submitted their project reports to the relevant club before they are eligible for any further funding.

Applicants are notified of the outcome in July.

Find out more:

Great Lakes

The funding application period runs from 27 February 2017 until 7 April.  Read the ClubGRANTS guidelines below, and follow the link to apply for a grant within the Great Lakes region. 

Detailed information on the ClubGRANTS scheme is also available at, search for MidCoast Council - Great Lakes area.

Greater Taree

Visit and search for Mid Coast Council - Greater Taree area.

 Free Grant Writing Workshops

We hold free grant writing workshops every year for not-for-profit organisations and community groups to learn practical grant writing skills. The workshop will take participants step by step through the grant seeking process, starting at planning a project through to reporting on successful grants. Topics covered in the workshop include

  • how to develop a tender kit for your organisation
  • how to develop a project plan
  • how to gather evidence and support for your project
  • understanding Guidelines and Eligibility
  • how to structure a grant application, and
  • how to account for and report on your grant.

Check back here for upcoming Grant writing workshop dates.

Get That Grant booklet      

This free booklet provides a range of tips and tricks, which can take your project from an idea to reality.

One-on-one advice and support

Do you have a great project idea, but have no idea how to get started?  Or maybe you’re just not sure what grants are available and how to find them.

Our Community Development Officer can talk to you over the phone or meet with you to discuss a specific project idea. Contact our Community Development Officer to book a time.

Below are links to other websites that may be useful to organisations and groups seeking grants.