Grants and Scholarships
Grants are funds that are provided to the community to assist in the provision of projects or services that support Council's strategic plans and for which Council only receives acknowledgement as the grant giver.
Applications have now closed for the 2018 Grants program.
Due to the applications received for the Heritage Project Fund not meeting the total value of the funding available, the Heritage Project Fund will be open for applications between Monday 16 July and Monday 13 August 2018. Please see the Heritage Project Fund page at the below link for further information.
All previous successful grants are required to be acquitted before any new applications will be considered. Please contact the responsible officer for the relevant acquittal requirements.
Aboriginal Projects Fund
The Aboriginal Project Fund is an annual, one-off small grants program and its purpose is to support community projects designed and/or intended to empower local Aboriginal people in areas of the community.
Clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue provide funding for community projects and services and in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions. Council assists Clubs NSW deliver its grant program in the region.
Community Projects Fund
Council's Community Project Fund is to support local activities and projects which improve the community's capacity and meet the needs of the residents.
Cultural Projects Fund
The Cultural Project Fund is an annual, small grants program awarded each year by Council, to provide funding to support community driven cultural programs and activities in Port Stephens.
Environmental Project Fund - Schools
Environmental grants for schools were established to promote and encourage student participation in environmental education and related projects, increase awareness of environmental issues, and strengthen partnerships between the local schools and Port Stephens Council.
Environmental Projects Fund - 355c Only
Previously known as the "Small Environmental Grants", the Environmental Projects Fund is open to 355C Committees of Council for projects with environmental benefit on public land.
Heritage Projects Fund
The Heritage Projects Fund encourages conservation works to commercial, residential and other places of heritage value within the Port Stephens Local Government Area.
International Women's Day Scholarship
In support of International Women's Day, the Port Stephens International Women's Day (IWD) Scholarship Program aims to encourage women in Port Stephens to achieve their goals and to support their valuable contribution to our communities.
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.