2020/21 Community Grants Program 

The 2020/21 Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $10,000 to eligible individuals and organisations to support projects and initiatives that deliver direct benefit to local people, communities and the environment of the Northern Beaches Local Government Area.

Council allocated $280,000 to the 2020/21 Community Grants Program. This includes $240,000 shared between the Arts and Creativity and Community Development grants streams and $40,000 to the new Environmental grants stream.

The number of grant applications received for 2020/21 far exceeded the number that Council is able to support within the adopted budget. Due to the high number of applications, only 20 percent of the applications received have been recommended for funding. Council received the following applications to each grant stream:

Grant streamApplications receivedEligible applicationsEligible applications amount requestedAmount available
Arts and Creativity135121$808,815.17$192,816
Community Development9691$750,546.72

The number of applications recommended for funding are shown below:

Grant streamApplications
recommended for funding
Partial fundingFull fundingAmount recommended (ex GST)
Arts and Creativity26188$95,150.00
Community Development17134$97,566.00

The delivery date for these new projects has been extended from 30 June to 31 December 2021, in response to COVID-19. Once successful applications have been approved, the unsuccessful applicants will be notified and provided with feedback on their application.

Environmental grants stream

Council received 41 applications to the Environment grant stream with 39 applications proceeding to assessment after eligibility checks. The 39 applications requested a total of $313,629. 

The Environmental grant stream had the following assessment criteria: 

  1. Demonstrate a clear rationale for the initiative with key deliverables stated 
  2. Addresses at least one of the funding priority areas 
  3. Demonstrates a positive environmental impact in the short and long term including how this will be measured 
  4. Capacity of the individual or organisation and its management to deliver a well-planned project 
  5. Longevity of the initiative - how long will the initiative continue after the funding has been expended 
  6. Other benefits derived including social, progress/leadership, education and economic 
  7. Relevant qualifications and/or a demonstrated history of professional practice for all key personnel involved 
  8. A realistic budget with all income and expenditure identified, and capacity to manage funds.

Applications recommended for funding in 2020/21

Applications recommended for funding for 2020/21 include:

Individual or organisationProjectRecommendation (ex GST)
Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club Inc.Carbon Neutral Surf Club 2023$4,500
Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club Inc.Solar System installation to Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club$4,500
Davidson High School Parents & Citizens AssociationBorder Line$2,500
Lesley StevensPygmy Possum Project$1,907
Nicole ThompsonProtecting an Endangered Ecological Community and engaging our local community$3,000
Northside Enterprise Inc.Bushlink regeneration Dee Why Sand Dunes and Wildlife Refuge$2,840
Peninsula Community Gardens Inc.Peninsula Community Garden (Newport) Sustainable Water Usage and Maintenance Project$1,214
Permaculture Northern Beaches Inc.The Living Soil Factory: Community Composting & Community Garden$3,000
Pittwater Natural Heritage AssociationBush Regeneration Mona Vale Dunes and Volunteer Support$3,500
The Balgowlah Bowling Club LimitedSolar System installation to Club House roof$4,500
The Catholic Parish of Frenchs ForestKierans Creek Rehabilitation and Revegetation$2,390
Uniting Forest Preschool Belrose (The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW)Forest Preschool Sustainability Project$2,242
Zero Emissions Sydney North Inc.Solar My Strata - Local Case Studies$4,000

Applicants will receive an email informing them of the outcome of the assessment process. Applicants recommended for funding will also receive a Funding Agreement which needs to be signed and returned before payment will be made.


For more information and to enquire about your application please call Vanessa Steele or Leonie Netting on 1300 434 434 or email: