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.

Information sessions will be held as follows:

  • Taree Council Chambers - Wednesday 19 April, 10am.
  • Tea Gardens District Office - Friday 21 April, 11am.
  • Forster Council Chambers - Monday 24 April, 10am.
  • Gloucester Council Chambers - Wednesday 26 April, 11am.

We recommend that applicants should consider attending an information session to learn what information the assessment panel will be looking for, and to get tips on completing the application form.


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.

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

 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.