Community Grants and Subsidies Program

Status: Closed for submissions

Open Date: Monday, 02 March 2020

Closing date: Friday, 17 April 2020

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

Documents / Plans: 2020-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 40 local not for profit organisations to implement 52 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 2020/2021 Grant Recipients

Win More Grants - online compact course

Sutherland Shire Council has entered into a partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) to offer you access to Win More Grants online compact course.

This course is designed for grassroots community groups and sporting organisations that want to find out where to find grants and how to win them. With just a bit of know-how and some newfound confidence you’ll go from a grants novice to a grants go-getter!

Sign-up now and enter the Group Key “ssc-grants” to access the course for free. Sign up instructions can be found here

If you have any questions about the course, please email or contact Council's Community Development and Grants Advisor, Vanessa Zanotti, on 9710 0602.


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#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!


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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2020 Information Session

To learn more about the community grants program such as eligibility criteria, how to apply and what's new for 2020 / 2021, come along to our Community Grants and Subsidies Program Information Session.

Date: Thursday 13 February 2020
Time: 10am - 11am
Where: Sutherland Shire Council
RSVP: by Wednesday 5 February 2020

For more information or to discuss the Community Grants and Subsidies Program please contact Community Development and Grants Advisor, Vanessa Zanotti on 9710 0602 (available Wednesday - Friday)


How to Apply

Applications will be available online using Sutherland Shire Council's SmartyGrants application form. Only online applications will be accepted.

A copy of the 2019 / 2020 application form can be viewed here. Please be aware this form may undergo minor amendments ahead of the 2020 / 2021 grant round opening. 

Do not complete and submit this form.



All applicants need to have acquitted previous grant funds to be eligible for future funding under the grants program.

Acquittals for the 2019 / 2020 grants round are due by Friday 28 February 2020.


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What's New

We've made some important changes to the 2020 / 2021 grants program. Be sure to click the link below to make sure you're up to date with program changes.

See what's new and how it may affect you


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

View Frequently Asked Questions here

More information

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Enquiries can be directed to Business, Sport and Community Services on on 9710 0602 or

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