Community Grants





COVID-19 Community Response Grants

Northern Beaches Council has established an emergency grant program for community groups to help them support those affected by the impact of COVID -19 (coronavirus) on the Northern Beaches.

The grant allows eligible community organisations and charities to continue to deliver, expand and introduce new programs, initiatives and services to the Northern Beaches community.

Eligible applicants must be a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation servicing people and communities within the Northern Beaches Local Government Area, with the funding being expended in the LGA.

Unregistered community groups formally sponsored by a registered not-for-profit or charity are also eligible.

This short-term grant program is intended to fill the gap for community groups requiring support, alongside federal and state government initiatives. 

Applying for the COVID-19 Community Response Grants does not make organisations ineligible for Council’s Annual Grants Program, which is still in operation in a modified form.

Proposals must meet at least one of the following criteria:
•Assist organisations serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (including food supplies, financial hardship, accommodation and social isolation etc.) where they have seen an increase in demand due to COVID-19
•Expand current service delivery or establish new services to support community members impacted by COVID-19, particularly around increased levels of unemployment
•Assist organisations experiencing volunteer gaps due to quarantines, loss of volunteers and social distancing
•Projects that address increased homelessness issues, particularly rough sleepers
•Projects that address increased social isolation
•Projects that address the mental health impacts of COVID-19.

Closes 1 December 2020 (or until funds are expended).

Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a regular basis commencing Friday 5 June. Organisations will be notified as soon as possible as to the outcome of their application.

$5,000 - $15,000 (excl. GST) is available per organisation.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Event Grants

Round 2 of the 2020/21 Northern Beaches Council Event Grants and Sponsorships Program is now open.

Northern Beaches Council Event Grants and Sponsorships Program is open on a continuing basis until all of the funding has been allocated.

If you are interested in applying, you are advised to submit your outdoor event booking form (Small Event or Major Event)  as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program further please feel free to contact the Events Team on 8495 6566 or

Closes 31 December 2020 

Grant approvals announced February 2021 for events held after 1 May 2021 and before 31 August 2021

Major events may be negotiated outside of these dates by contacting the Events Team directly.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

Please note: Round 1 of the 2020/21 Northern Beaches Council Event Grants and Sponsorships Program has recently closed and are currently being assessed.  The recommendations are expected to go to the Council meeting on 27 October 2020.  All applicants will be notified in late October. 


Youth Action Project

The Youth Action Project Grant Scheme (YAPGS), an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and FYA, will respond to the current hardships faced by our youth by providing grants between $5,000 and $20,000 (a total of up to $950K inc. GST) to projects that support young people (15-24 years) as they navigate and recover from this period.

YAPGS is open to both individuals and organisations with two kinds of projects to be supported:

  1. New projects that recognise and uniquely respond to the hardship young people are facing now and will face in the future. 

  2. Existing projects that provide a valuable on-going service to young people, which require additional funding to adapt or continue that work given the impact of the current environment.

The projects must support young people aged 15-24, not be commercial and should conclude by June 18, 2021. 

All projects supporting young people will be considered however, there will be a particular focus on employment, mental health, transportation, and the impacts of COVID-19 and the Australian Bushfires

Closes 7 October 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Impact Investment Ready - Growth Grant

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant equips for-profit and not-for-profit organisations with the support they need to create tangible social outcomes.  The fund allows them to secure investment capital to fast-track the growth and scale of their project which will solve a predominantly Australia-based social problem.

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grants are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) Sector Readiness Fund and the following trusts in Equity Trustee's SIP Program; Trudy and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees and The Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation (LMCF).

Grant decisions are made by an independent panel of experts.

Applications are encouraged from all organisations that focus on one or more of the following outcome areas:
•Early Childhood & Education
•Employment, Training & Participation
•Housing & Local Amenity
•Physical Health & Disability
•Family, Communities & Inclusion
•Mental Health & Well-being
•Income & Financial Inclusion
•Indigenous People.

Grants up to $140,000 are available.

Expressions of Interest are accepted on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.