Grants Available in the Dungog Shire

Stronger Country Communities Fund

Changes to the current funding Round - Not-for-profit organisations can now apply for this grant in addition to Local Councils .
Priority focus for this round is youth (12-24 year olds) related projects making up 50% of the $100M available funding. The other 50% includes sports facilities upgrades.

Applicants should work with their Local Member of Parliament, local council and their local communities to identify the priority needs for their area and ensure projects put forward for funding have demonstrated community support.

Project costs may include those associated with:
•    building local infrastructure
•    building a new website or app
•    delivering programs
•    exhibition displays
•    hosting an event.

Key dates
Applications open:    9am, Monday 1 July 2019
Applications close:    5pm, Friday 27 September 2019
Eligibility, assessment and approval process:    October 2019 to January 2020
Announcement of successful projects:    From January 2020

This is a great opportunity to access large amounts for major facility upgrades.
Funding is for $50,000 or more. No co-contribution required for projects under $1M.

For more information see the attached guidelines or click here.

2020 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program Now Open

We are inviting councils and local organisations across the state to apply for a 2020 NSW Seniors Festival Grant. The Grants Program provides $200,000 in seed funding to organisations and councils to run local festival events and activities that provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy and engaged in their local communities.

Funding categories available:
•    Category 1: Up to $1,000 for small-scale local community events and activities.
•    Category 2: $1,001 – $5,000 for larger local community events and activities.
•    Category 3: $5,001 - $10,000 for large scale community and regional events and activities.

Applications are now open and will close 11:59pm on Friday 9 August 2019.

For more information, including assessment criteria and Terms and Conditions, please visit the Seniors Festival Website and download the 2020 Grants Program Guidelines.

If you need more information please email:

Return and Earn - NSW Container Deposit Scheme

From 1 December 2017, schools, charities and community groups can fundraise through Return and Earn by simply collecting eligible containers and redeeming them at collection points for 10 cents each.

This has great potential as a fundraising opportunity for sport while also helping the environment. Find out more about the Return and Earn initiative and how your club can get involved.

Schools, charities, community and sporting groups can fundraise through Return and Earn, simply by collecting eligible containers and redeeming them at collection points for 10 cents each.

Options include:

  • Collecting containers (and asking community members to donate their containers to your organisation)
  • Becoming a collection point
  • Having your organisation listed on reverse vending machines (where the public can choose to directly donate their refunds to you)

To find out more information on how your organisation can participate and fundraise through Return and Earn, click on the relevant fact sheet below. To register your interest to operate a collection point or to become a Return and Earn donation partner click

Please contact the Return and Earn project directly with further queries.