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Cumberland Community Grants Applications are open

If you have an idea to develop a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive Cumberland community, you can apply for a Cumberland Community Grant. Applications close at 4pm on Thursday 28 February, 2019.

How to prepare your Application

Applications are open to local not-for-profit organisations and individuals in a range of categories.

If you are planning to apply, ensure you read through the Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF, 3.67 MB) first. The guidelines cover all the relevant information for each grant and what is required as part of the application.

You can also attend grant preparation workshops and access resources to help you put your application together.

How to Apply

Applications need to be submitted through the application forms on the SmartyGrants website. Find the grant you are applying for below and click through to the application form:

Introducing The Rising Star Award

This new award aims to celebrate and support the achievements of local residents who are pursuing excellence in the field of sport.

The Rising Star Award will provide one off financial assistance to individual local athletes of any age who have been selected to represent their sport at a state, national or international level.

Helpful Workshops for Preparing Grant Applications

Places are limited in the following sessions and workshops. If sessions are booked out, you can put your name on the waiting list.

Information Sessions

These sessions will explain the funding priorities, how applications will be assessed and conditions for successful applicants. It will also be an opportunity to meet potential project partners.

  • Date: Tuesday 5 Feb 2019
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Venue: Training Room, 90 O'Neill St, Guildford Community Centre

Book your spot

You can also join a live video conference of the Information Session:

  • When: 7 Feb 2019
  • Time: 1:30pm -3:00pm

Book your spot for the live video conference

Preparing a Successful Grant Application Workshop

These free workshops will assist participants to develop and write their grant applications.

The workshops will focus on specific questions in the application form including project description, budget, project outcomes and evaluation.

Limited spaces – bookings are essential.

Workshop 1: Focus on the project description, funding priority and project timeline.

  • Date Tuesday 12 Feb 2019 - BOOKED OUT
  • Time 9.30pm – 1pm
  • Venue: Training Room, 90 O'Neill St, Guildford Community Centre

Workshop 2: Focus on project budget, evaluation and outcomes.

  • Date Tuesday 19 Feb 2019 - BOOKED OUT
  • Time 9.30pm – 1pm
  • Venue: Training Room, 90 O'Neill St, Guildford Community Centre

Place your name on the waiting list for the grant writing workshop

Advisory Desk Sessions

Book a session for tailored advice on your project and grant application. Bring your draft application and project ideas and receive feedback and tips on how to write your grant proposal.

Limited spaces – bookings are essential.

  • Date: Thursday 21 Feb 2019
  • Time: 9.30am – 1pm
  • Venue: Training Room, 90 O'Neill St, Guildford Community Centre

Book your spot for the 21 February Advisory sessions

  • Date: Monday 25 Feb 2019
  • Time: 10am - 3pm
  • Venue: Committee Room 1, 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands

Book your spot for the 25 February Advisory sessions

Resources to Assist with Writing a Grant Application

If you are planning to apply for a grant, please download and use these resources.

Checklists and Templates

Documents from Previous Grant Rounds


For further information, please contact Cumberland Council’s Grants Officers on 8757 9800 or 8757 9276 or email

You can also sign up to the monthly Cumberland Council Grants Bulletin to receive emails about upcoming grant opportunities.