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Community Grants Program

About the Program

Locally based, not-for-profit community groups, clubs and organisations are invited to apply for City of Ryde Community Grants.

These annual Grants are one of the ways Council supports our local community groups to grow, prosper and carry out special projects that contribute to community well-being and help build a vibrant community culture.

Applications for the 2018 Community Grants Program closed on Friday 16 February 2018.

Please note: Members of the community seeking financial assistance for events, such as the waiving of fees and charges or contribution to charities, must apply via Council's Grants Program.

Grant Categories

There are 5 Grants and 3 Sub-categories offering assistance ranging from $2,000 up to $10,000.

Applications opened from 27 November 2017 to 16 February 2018.

Key Documents

For more information on the Community Grants, download the following Guidelines and Policy.

Program Categories

Seniors Grant | up to $2,000

This category is for local seniors groups to enhance existing programs or encourage new activities.

Capacity Building Grant | up to $3,500

This category is for all groups to help boost growth potential. There are three Sub-Categories covering Events, Emerging & Small Groups and a General section which includes Arts and Culture.


The aim of this category is to enhance the ability of groups and organisations to sustain their activities based on their current capacity.

Emerging/Small Groups

An organisation growth grant will be provided to new and small groups that operate on the basis of limited funding, relying largely on volunteers and on one-off, short term and small grants to manage their operations.


This category is open to all groups including arts and cultural groups. Applications may be for initiatives that build the capacity of organisations towards provision of community benefits including volunteer trainings, business planning and governance training.

Sports and Recreation Grant | up to $3,500

For local groups and clubs to develop programs that encourage community participation in sport, recreation and physical activity.

Community Projects Grant | up to $5,000

For special projects to help build a cohesive and connected community, based on inclusion, enhanced community well-being and cultural growth.

Social Support Grant | up to $10,000

For local groups and organisations to provide programs such as information and referral, food subsidies, financial counselling, financial assistance and reducing social isolation to improve the life and living conditions for vulnerable people in the community.



Last updated on 19 February 2018