Community Grants and Subsidies Program

Status: Closed for submissions

Open Date: Monday, 01 March 2021

Closing date: Friday, 26 March 2021

Grant amount: Grants of up to $20,000 are available. Apply Here

Documents / Plans: 2021-Community-Grants-and-Subsidies-Program-Guidelines.pdf

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Community Grants and Subsidies Program

The Community Grants and Subsidies Program is delivered by Sutherland Shire Council to support and empower the local community. The aim of the program is to fund a range of projects that contribute to a connected, supportive, caring, inclusive and engaged community.

This year Sutherland Shire Council supported 43 local not for profit organisations to implement 55 community based projects designed to build a sense of community, improve health and well-being and create and strengthen community connections.

Please see Program Guidelines for expected program outcomes and eligibility.

View Successful 2021/2022 Grant Recipients

2021 Grants Writing Workshops

Sutherland Shire Council and 3Bridges Community are hosting two online grant writing workshops in February 2021 for local community organisations and anyone interested in learning more about grant writing, where to find grants and how to win them. A Council representative will also be available to discuss the upcoming round of Council Community Grants.

Workshop 1:10am – 12pm, Thursday 18 February 2021

Workshop 2: 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 25 February 2021

How: online sessions will be hosted via Zoom. 


For more information please contact Community Development and Grants Advisor, Vanessa Zanotti on 9710 0602


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How to Apply

Applications for the 2021/2022 Community Grants and Subsidies program will be accepted online via Sutherland Shire Council's SmartyGrants application form. Only online applications will be accepted.

Applications open Monday 1 March 2021 and close midnight Friday 26 March 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

A copy of of the 2020/2021 application form can be viewed here. Please be aware this year we have added questions to ensure your projects and programs are COVID-19 compliant to keep our community healthy and safe.




To be eligible for future funding under the Community Grants and Subsidies program, all previous recipients must have acquitted their funds via the online acquittal form prior to the next grant round opening. 

Acquittals for the 2020/2021 Community Grant and Subsidies program are due by 28 February 2021.


Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the grants program and guidelines.

If you have any questions about your reporting requirements or the grants program, please contact Community Development and Grants Advisor, Vanessa Zanotti on 9710 0602.

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Grant Writing Tips

1. Review the Program Guidelines. Make sure you're eligible to apply and read all of the eligibility criteria before starting an application.

2. Plan. Don't under-estimate the time it takes to prepare an application. Give yourself enough time to collect all the data and input needed.

3. Be concise. The best grants are easy to read, succint and understandable. Avoid jargon.

4. Evidence of need. Describe the need that your project will meet in the community and how it will make an impact. 

5. Budget well. An accurate and balanced budget will help your application stand out from the rest.

If you have any questions about your reporting requirements or the grants program, please contact Community Development and Grants Advisor, Vanessa Zanotti on 9710 0602.

#Save our Sector - Support for not-for-profits

Our Community is giving the not-for-profit sector access to a library of FREE capacity building resources to help you stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

Each week they have the newest material and useful links. From funding and fundraising tips, to webinars designed specifically for the NFP sector, to help sheets and resources including 'Ask Agony Uncle' they've got you covered.

Sign up directly at to make sure you don't miss out on updates and opportunities that are best for you!


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Webinar - Diversify your fundraising with the 7 pillars

Looking for ways to maintain funds during the current COVID-19 crisis. To survive and thrive in a changing world, a not-for-profit organisation must develop a fundraising plan.

The Funding Centre is offering a free webinar, Diversify your fundraising with the 7 pillars, to all not-for-profit organisations.  Join the Institute of Community Directors Australia's Lisa Jennings for a free webinar which will take a in-depth look at the 7 pillars of fundraising all organisations should consider to prop up their fundraising strategy.

Don't have time? Don't worry! You can access a recording of the webinar as well as slides here


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