Grants and Funding

MidCoast Council operates three main Community Funding streams aimed at helping not-for-profit community groups support activities that provide social, environmental or economic benefits to our community:

1) Community Donations

2) Event Sponsorship

3) Local Heritage Fund


Duralie Community Fund

Stroud community organisations are encouraged to apply for funding under the Duralie Coal Mine grants scheme for projects that will provide lasting benefit to the community.

As part of the consent for the Duralie Coal Mine, Yancoal make annual payments to Council for community projects.

A condition of the consent is that funding is only available to the Stroud district community. Council administers the funding round and grants are determined by a panel consisting of Council and members of the Duralie Community Consultative Committee.

The application round opens on Monday 24 May 2021 and closes on Friday 18 June 2021. MidCoast Council will consider the recommendations of the Assessment Panel at the end of July and applicants will be notified soon after.

To apply, please complete the application form.

Submissions close 9.00am on Monday 21 June 2021.



Community Donations

Community groups play a vital role in strengthening our local communities. Whether it’s by bringing people together, improving local facilities, providing training and skill development, or something else altogether, you may be eligible to apply for funding through our Community Donations program.

There are 4 types of Community Funding for eligible organisations for the purposes of delivering community development and capacity-building projects and activities.
 
For all funding programs, please check the Council Donations Policy(PDF, 179KB) for eligibility requirements before submitting an application.

1) Annual Donations Program

The purpose of the Annual Donations Program is to provide eligible organisations with a one-off donation to deliver community development and capacity-building projects and activities or to purchase small items of equipment required to deliver community development and capacity-building projects and activities.

Eligible organisations may apply for a donation of up to $2,000 and may only be granted one donation under this program per funding round.

The funding round for Annual Donations and Seed Funding closed on 9 April 2021.


2) Seed Funding Program

The purpose of the Seed Funding Program is to provide eligible organisations with fixed-term seed funding to establish self-sustaining activities, or to build provider capacity to be self-sustaining.

Eligible organisations may apply for up to $10,000 in funding over a term of up to two years, and may only be granted one allocation of funding under this program in any two-year period.

The funding round for Annual Donations and Seed Funding closed on 9 April 2021.


3) Small Donations Funding

The purpose of the Small Donations Funding is to provide eligible organisations with a small donation to assist in the delivery of minor community capacity-building and development projects and activities, or to purchase minor items of equipment required to deliver community development and capacity-building projects and activities.

Eligible organisations may apply for a donation of up to $150, and may only be granted one donation under this program per financial year.

Applications under this program will be accepted at any time – there is no fixed application period for this funding.

Applications must be submitted online using the application form.

Apply for Small Donations funding here.


4) Recurrent Donations Program (Rates and Fixed)

The purpose of the Recurrent Donations Program is to provide eligible organisations with rates subsidies and/or recurrent donations to deliver core business that primarily aligns with and furthers delivery of the service functions of Council, and/or to provide essential community services.

Applications under this program will be accepted at any time – there is no fixed application period for this funding.

Applications must be submitted online using the application form.

Apply for the Recurrent Donations Program here.



Event Sponsorship

Not only do local events connect our vibrant communities, they help put us on the map, attracting visitors and building our economy.

From art shows and music festivals, to sporting events, food, fashion and everything in between, our events are a celebration of what the MidCoast is all about.

Depending on the scale of your event, three categories of funding are offered in the sponsorship program:

  • Community and Local Events: Up to $2,500
  • Events and Festivals: up to $10,000
  • Regionally Significant: $10,000+

Please note that all applicants are required to submit an event budget using our event budget template(DOCX, 66KB). This should be downloaded, completed and attached to your application form. 

Need help deciding which category your event falls into? We have prepared Event Sponsorship Guidelines(PDF, 157KB) to assist you in completing the application form by providing some examples of the type of information you could include in order to address the selection criteria relevant to your event.

Applications must be submitted online using the appropriate application form. These forms will be available on this page during the application period (refer to the Funding dates below). Organisers of 'Regionally Significant Events' should contact our events team prior to application.

Funding dates

Category Application period 
Community & Local Events   1 - 31 March
Events & Festivals  
 *  Round 1 - events held 1 July - 31 December         1 - 31 March
 *  Round 2 - events held 1 January - 30 June 1 - 31 August
Regionally Significant Events Assessed case by case




Local Heritage Fund

Preserving our region’s heritage and breathing new life into buildings and places from our past is a great way to enhance the character and charm our local communities are known for.

Your heritage place may need a coat of paint, restoration of its decorative features, stone or brick facade work, roof restorations, window repair or replacement, or fencing reflective of its era.

As custodians of an important part of our region’s history, you may be eligible to apply for up to $2,000 to help restore your heritage place back to its former glory.

Funding must be at least 50% of the total project cost. In some exceptional cases applicants may apply for up to $5,000.

Eligibility criteria extended

As well as applicants who own heritage-listed properties, this year the Local Heritage Fund is available to owners of properties within the 14 heritage conservations areas across the MidCoast.

See the Local Heritage Fund page for further information.

The 2021 annual funding round has closed.