Small Grants Program

Applications for the Small Grants Funding Program for 2022-23 are closed.

In March, we process and consider the submissions.

Application for funding generally opens in January each year.

Funding is available to local not-for-profit community organisations with one-off projects and services for our local residents.

Funding amounts are generally in the range of $500 to $2000, and should be seen as a contribution rather than a commitment to fund an entire project.

New and Innovative Projects are encouraged to apply. Funding is non-renewable.


Application Process

  • Please read the Small Grant Guidelines (70KB) to determine if your organisation and project is eligible to receive funding.
  • Please read our D4-07 Community Grants and Subsidies Policy (126KB)
  • Please note that hardcopy application forms are not accepted - you must submit your application using the online application form (available here when the funding round is open).
  • Prepare information regarding your project proposal, budget information and supporting documents.
  • Complete your online application form prior to the closing date.
  • Further information: please contact the Community & Arts Administration Officer, Community Development, on 9936 8100 or email


Previous Successful Small Grants

Below are the Small Grants that were successful in the 2021-22 financial year:


Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network

The LNS DV Network is a collaborative of service providers that aim to provide awareness and education to community about domestic violence locally and across Northern Sydney.  Education about the major issue of coercive control is needed -a community seminar by author/expert Jess Hill is planned.


Mary’s House Services

The Daisy Centre is a local safe place for women impacted by domestic abuse to access support through tailored case management, psycho-education and therapeutic group classes. The Daisy Centre seeks to extend its services to include trauma-informed art therapy to mitigate the impact of abuse.


Link Housing Ltd

Link Housing is seeking funding to roll out community gardening projects at two social housing complexes in the North Sydney LGA. The project will involve the installation of raised garden beds (Vegepods) and ongoing therapeutic gardening workshops for residents.


Lower North Shore Multicultural Network

The Network has identified a need for referral information for Migrants and refugees in Lower North Shore to English classes and learning English for further education and employment.  A sub-committee of the LNSMN will develop and update information about English classes and courses.


Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD)

TAD’s occupational therapist will assess the needs of local children with a disability and design a custom bike that will enable them to ride a bike for the first time in their lives. These assessments will be provided at no cost to the parents/carers of children with a disability.


Lower North Shore Child and Family Interagency

The LNS Child and Family Interagency will host an event on supporting healthy relationships. It will focus on identifying issues around identity, self confidence and consent as children grow, and how parents, carers and teachers can come alongside and support children as they grow.


Reach your Potential: Employability Workshops for Skilled Migrants (auspiced by Crows Nest Centre)

Reach Your Potential: Employability Workshops for Skilled Migrants, offers individual skill development and mentoring so people can apply for jobs using qualifications they brought with them to Australia. This project will create professional video stories to showcase successful outcomes achieved.


Phoenix House Youth Services

Phoenix Foodies is one of the most popular activities at Phoenix House, it involves young people participating in the cooking of lunches, for other vulnerable young people, often living without full family support. Young people are able to receive warm healthy, fresh meal and socialise with others.


Cancer Patients Foundation

Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program, run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by treatment for any type of cancer.


Hope and Wish Foundation Pty Ltd

Throughout the year gift cards are provided to parents of children & youth with a physical or intellectual disability without access to NDIS resources or support. They are often facing financial struggles, heavy emotional stress, social isolation and a sense of overwhelm & hopelessness.


Persian Morning Tea (auspiced by Crows Nest Centre)

Persian Morning Tea targets Farsi speaking residents of North Sydney and surrounding areas. It aims to create social inclusiveness and connectedness. In 2022 the group invites the broader community to celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year) with them, sharing Persian food and cultural entertainment.


KU Children’s Services – KU Bay Road Kids Care

This project is to enhance the current school garden by creating more vegetable patches, purchasing necessary materials such as garden tools, mulch, more seedlings and plants. Working effectively with the schools P&C group, OOSH children and wider school community.


Gidget Foundation

Gidget Foundation is creating a wellbeing garden at Gidget House North Sydney.  This will enhance the client experience and provide a mindful place for clients to enjoy either on their own or with their child or partner. This project is a collaboration with Wendy Whitely, NBRS Architecture and Bunnings and this funding will be used for labour costs.


The Shepherd Centre

Kidscape is a group education program for children with hearing loss and their families living in the North Sydney area. The program is designed to develop listening, spoken language and social skills in these children, through art, craft and musical activities in a fun group environment.


Streetwork Australia Limited

Ready for School, Ready for Life is a new program for at-risk young people and seeks to reduce barriers to engaging and re-engaging in education/training. The Project will be delivered in partnership with StreetWork Youth Case Workers, professional psychologists and qualified life coaches/educators.


Kidsnest Occasional Care

We will continue to run our Community Zumba Dance classes. In addition to this, we have extended the project into holding Spanish classes for the children and families who would like to join in. They will be held once a week for 30 minutes.


Neutral Bay Community Centre Inc.

This small grant will be used to purchase a defibrillator for Neutral Bay Community Centre. Neutral Bay Community Centre Inc offers programs and activities to residents in North Sydney. Over 95% of members are aged 55 and over with increased health risks. The purchase of a defibrillator provides reassurance to members and volunteers if such a device is readily available if required.


St George Community Housing (SGCH)

This program is specifically aimed to improve the strength and balance of older residents at Greenway social housing, many of whom are aged 65yrs and over and live alone. As well as encouraging social connection, ‘Building the strength’ is a health and wellbeing exercise program designed to improve the strength and balance of participants, a total of 16 sessions held in Spring 2021 and Autumn 2022 delivered by a Strength Exercise Coach. "Our resident data indicates that over 66% of Greenway residents are aged 65 years and older and over 85% of this group live alone, which can result in social isolation.


The Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre

This project is specifically targeting the most vulnerable of our seniors. This program will enable those less mobile will have more time with our instructors and is specifically for seniors with dementia, mobility issues, parkinson's etc. This program is vital to support seniors and help prevent accidents in the home. It is also a place for seniors to come and meet other seniors and offer support, while also making social connections.


1st North Sydney Scout Group

1st North Sydney Scout Group is gearing up to run whitewater kayaking events for its youth members. The Group has invested $8000 purchasing 6 whitewater kayaks and is training leaders to safely run whitewater activities. The NSC Small Grant will be used to purchase protective PFDs and helmets.


Reminder: Acquittal Reports are due by 30 June each year for funding that was received for the previous financial year.

Grant Acquittal Form for Community Organisations (Word) (111KB)

Grant Acquittal Form for community Organisations (PDF) (96KB)

Grant Acquittal Form for Cultural Organisations (Word) (111KB)

Grants Acquittal Form for Cultural Organisations (PDF) (98KB)

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