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Our grant programs

Our grant programs offer funds to help strengthen the Port Stephens Community. Find out what these programs are, and how you can apply for them.

Our grants

The Aboriginal Projects Fund is available to the community to make an application for Council in areas such as:

  • recognition, awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture
  • education, training and employment initiatives
  • events and activities that recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture
  • resources that assist in effectively delivering services and programs to the Aboriginal community
  • community development
  • recreational development
  • health and well-being

Fund details:

  • Total funding available is $35,000
  • Funds can be up to $10000 per application for each project.
  • Funds must be spent in the Port Stephens area.
  • Funds over $500 must be acquitted.
  • Previous project funded through the Community Projects Fund must be acquitted before any new applications will be considered.

Key documents:

Contacts:

Community Development and Engagement 
Phone: 02 4988 0190

The Community Projects Fund is available to the community to make an application for Council in areas such as:

  • heritage (assets, acquisition or local history)
  • sporting
  • community services
  • community celebrations
  • community interest

Fund details:

  • Funds can be up to $2000 per application for each project.
  • Funds must be spent in the Port Stephens area.
  • Funds over $1000 must be acquitted.
  • Previous project funded through the Community Projects Fund must be acquitted before any new applications will be considered.

Key documents:

Contacts:

Finance Officer – Grants
Phone: 02 4988 0255

The Cultural Projects Fund is available to the community to make an application to Council in areas of:

  • recreation, leisure, arts and culture
  • promote and enhance cultural identity
  • preserve and promote heritage, arts and culture.

Fund details:

  • Total funding available is $60,000
  • Funds can be up to $3000 per application for each project and more than one project can be applied for by the applicant.
  • Funds must be spent in the Port Stephens area.
  • Funds over $500 must be acquitted.
  • Previous project funded through the Community Projects Fund must be acquitted before any new applications will be considered.

Key documents:

Contacts:

Community Development and Engagement Unit
Phone: 02 4988 0190

The Environmental Projects Fund is available to 355C Committees of Council for projects with environmental benefit for public land. These projects can include:

  • planting native and local species
  • bush regeneration
  • erosion control
  • pathways (to mitigate an environmental hazard)
  • fencing (to protect natural bushland)
  • educational signage

The following projects will not be funded:

  • projects with an aesthetic focus
  • seating
  • pathways through mown areas
  • park facilities
  • planting of non-native species

Fund details:

  • Funds can be up to $2000 per application.
  • Committees may apply for grants for 2 individual projects which must be on separate sites.
  • Funds must be spent in the Port Stephens area
  • Previous project funded through the Community Projects Fund must be acquitted before any new applications will be considered.

Key documents:

Contacts:

Natural Resources
Phone: 02 4988 0288

The Heritage Projects Fund provides small grants to help heritage projects. The fund encourages conservation works to commercial, residential and other places of heritage value in Port Stephens which includes:

  • heritage assessments
  • conservation works
  • repairs
  • heritage landscape works
  • interpretation projects

The fund is supported by the NSW Heritage Office.

Fund details:

  • Funds can be up to $2000 per application for each project.
  • Funds must be spent in the Port Stephens area.
  • Previous project funded through the Community Projects Fund must be acquitted before any new applications will be considered.

Key documents:

Contacts:

Strategic Planning Unit
Phone: 02 4988 0255

How to apply

Download and read the relevant grant guidelines for your application.

Note: Elected council members, council staff and their immediate family (parent, spouse, partner or children) are ineligible to apply for funds.

Complete the online Application Form using the Council Grant Program Application Help Sheet as a guide.

Note: For the application to be valid, the electronic form must be completed. The hard copies (pdf) are available for reference use only.

Upload all your attachments in your application or submit to pscgrants@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

Please refer to the grant guidelines for the grant you are applying for, to find the attachments required eg: Public Liability Insurance, Before photo's, site maps etc.

Note: When forwarding your Certificate of Currency, it is essential you reference your applicable grant program, the project title and the organisation you represent.

You will receive a receipt of acknowledgement of your application once you have submitted it. If you have not received notification of your application, it is your responsibility to contact the appropriate officer to ensure your application has been received. Their contact details can be found in the information for each grant program.

If you require any addition information or wish to seek clarification on the eligibility of your project, please contact the responsible officer at pscgrants@portstephens.nsw.gov.au or by phone on (02) 4988 0255.

All previous successful grants are required to be acquitted before any new applications will be considered. Please review the relevant grant guidelines or contact the responsible officer for acquittal requirements.