Our Community Grants provide a number of funding opportunities to support initiatives that contribute to the social, cultural, environmental, and economic life of the city.

Our 2024 Community Grants Program is closed.

View a copy of the Community Workshop Presentation for the 2024 Grants and Sponsorship round opening.

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Community Grants are classified as either Infrastructure Grants or Community Support Grants.

Infrastructure Grants are offered annually and target minor capital activities that enhance the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the local community. The grants also assist building owners, commercial operators and other stakeholders to improve their building facades to enhance our city’s presentation. 

The table below provides further information on Infrastructure Grants including types of grants, eligibility, and status.

NameDetailsOpen or closed
Façade Improvement
To improve building facades and create active frontages in the city, sensitive to heritage, evoking pride, enhancing our city’s presentation, and engaging the community in local and neighbourhood centres revitalisation.
Recreation FacilitiesTo assist in the provision or development of suitable sport and recreation facilities. To create opportunities for CN and local sporting groups to form Partnerships in upgrading existing or developing new facilities. To provide a wide range of sport and recreation facilities that assist in meeting the needs of the community in a cost effective and co-operative manner.
SustainabilityTo reduce the carbon footprint of the Newcastle community and to increase community capacity and capability to address local needs and opportunities in sustainability. This includes renewable energy efficiency measures, water saving and water storage, capture and reuse initiatives, green walls, use of low emission construction products, and nature-based solutions.

Community Support Grants support community-based groups, sport and recreation clubs, and service organisations to develop effective activities that address the social, economic and/or environmental needs of residents in the Newcastle Local Government Area. 

The table below provides further information on Community Support Grants available including types of grants, eligibility, and status.

NameDetailsOpen or closed
Arts, Culture and HistorySupport activities that promote and celebrate our rich heritage, creative and diverse community and contribute to the achievement of the city’s desired outcomes for culture, heritage, and the arts. In addition, CN supports Professional Not-For-Profit Arts and Cultural Organisations by providing funding to grow sustainability and provide a funding base that organisations can leverage with other funding providers.
EnvironmentSupport activities that improve Newcastle’s environment by expanding our urban forest through revegetation initiatives, greening streets, parks open space and providing increased pollinator habitat throughout the city.
Social InclusionSupport activities that strengthen our diverse communities by increasing connection, social inclusion, and access for the most vulnerable in the community and contribute towards the objectives of CN’s Social strategy 2030. 
Youth Climate Action
Support young people to design, produce and govern urgent climate solutions that advance our Newcastle Climate Action Plan targets of a net-zero emissions community by 2040. 

Other Grants



Open or closed
Locally Made & PlayedSmall grants to incentivise Live Performances across the city.Closed
Count Us InSmall grants to support events, activities and programs that demonstrate and celebrate inclusionClosed
Special Business Rates (SBR) Newcastle City Centre / Darby StreetGrants for creative and innovative ideas to promote and develop businesses in Newcastle's city centre or Darby StreetClosed
Special Business Rate (SBR) Suburban
Grants for promotion, beautification and development of the Hamilton and Wallsend business precincts

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