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.
Find out more about the opportunities below or read the 2023 – 24 Community Funding Guide (PDF 2.7 MB)
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.
Micro Grant Fund
The My Incredible Place Micro Grant Funding program supports short-term, low cost projects that encourage community-based place activation across Port Stephens.
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.
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.
Community Support 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.
Vibrant spaces fund
Vibrant and liveable places support creative expression, social connection, and community pride. They also attract business and investment.
Environmental projects fund
The Environmental Project Fund provides opportunity for community and schools to deliver environmentally focussed projects that benefit our local environment.
Mayoral academic scholarship
Every year, the Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program offers scholarships generously sponsored by local business to students embarking on their first year of tertiary study.
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.
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.
Council offers a range of options for residents in Port Stephens who are genuinely in need of financial assistance.