Grants, funding and scholarships
Our funding program gives eligible individuals, artists, community organisations, not-for-profits, businesses, students and others the opportunity to apply for funds to deliver initiatives that make a real difference to local communities and our region. These funding programs play a pivotal role in building capacity by supporting initiatives which enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of our communities.
Read the 2021-22 Community Funding Guide
Aboriginal projects fund
The Aboriginal Projects Fund supports community projects designed to empower and raise the profile of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
ClubGRANTS is one of Australia’s largest grant programs, providing more than $100 million in cash each year to a variety of worthy causes across NSW.
Community event development fund
Community events are an important factor in contributing to the Port Stephens cultural identity. They reflect our values, the sense of place and provide a platform for our community to connect and come together.
Community grants portal
Find out what grants there are, how much they are worth and who can apply for them.
Environmental projects fund
The Environmental Project Fund provides opportunity for community and schools to deliver environmentally focussed projects that benefit our local environment.
Council offers a range of options for residents in Port Stephens who are genuinely in need of financial assistance.
International Women's Day Scholarship
The Port Stephens International Women's Day (IWD) scholarships provide women in our community the support to make their dreams a reality.
Local strengthening fund
This grant welcomes applications from community groups and not-for-profit organisations seeking support for projects, activities and events that address community and environmental needs.
Major event sponsorship fund
The Major Event Sponsorship fund will attract and support events to drive visitation and provide tourism, trade and investment opportunities for Port Stephens.
Mayoral academic scholarships
Every year, the Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program offers scholarships generously sponsored by local business to students embarking on their first year of tertiary study.
My Incredible Place
The My Incredible Place Micro Grant Funding program supports short-term, low cost projects that encourage community-based place activation across Port Stephens.