Community Grants

Community Grants Program

The Community Grants program provides financial support to local non-profit community based organisations to fund events, projects and activities that benefit the community and resident needs. Community Grants are designed to assist in the establishment of projects, services and facilities in Maitland that foster community partnerships, promote access to community resources, and are deemed to benefit the community.

Applications for Community Grants are now OPEN.  Applications close 30th September 2017.

Community based groups can apply for up to $5,000 per round of funding. There are four categories that groups can apply for including:

Projects, activities, and events that provide opportunities for residents to participate in a broad range or arts, culture and or local history activities that enhance quality of life.


Projects, activities and events that meet an identified need for residents and foster opportunities for community participation and development.


Projects, activities and events that provide opportunities for residents to engage in leisure and recreational activities with the aim of improving health, fitness and quality of life.


Projects, Activities or Events that allow the community to connect and celebrate with one another, or, a temporary creative public initiative that encourages people to use underutilised spaces around the city.

Applications for Community Grants open 14th August 2017 and close 30th September 2017 and can be submitted by completing the below Application Form and emailing to Kelly Baldwin, Council’s Administration Facilities Team Leader, at For more information about the grants program, Kelly can be contacted on 4934 9708.

Application Form and Guidelines                             Acquittal Form

*Please note, if you are having issues completing the Application Form using Google Chrome, please try and open the form with a different web browser such as Internet Explorer. 

 Sports & Arts high Achievers Grant Program 

The Sports & Arts High Achievers Grant Program provides opportunities for Council to assist residents who achieve representation and excellence at the highest levels of their chosen field. The Grant is designed to recognise an individual’s or team’s achievements in the area of arts and culture or sport and recreation. Applicants must be living in the Maitland LGA and have been selected to represent or participate at a national or international level. Funding amounts range from $450 to $1,500 depending on the level of representation.

Applications for this Grant close on the second Monday of each month at 4.00pm.

Please contact Kelly Baldwin, Administration Facilities Team Leader for further information on 4934 9708.

Guidelines & Application Form 

ClubGRANTS - 2017

ClubGRANTS provides financial support to local not for profit community based organisations, groups and individuals. The funding scheme will open Monday 1 May 2017 and close Tuesday 13 June 2017.

Submissions for funding will only be accepted using the online form which can be found here.

Council works with a local committee to develop funding priorities for the area. Applications are assessed against a number of different criteria, one being relevance to local funding priorities. The funding priorities are listed below to assist in the development of your project.

Local Funding priorities for 2017

  • Initiatives that encourage a zero tolerance to all forms of domestic and family violence (including child protection initiatives)
  • Projects aimed at overcoming social isolation, connecting people and keeping and communities safe
  • Targeted mental health intervention and prevention initiatives for depression and suicide
  • Community education programs encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness and leadership development
  • Initiatives that engage community in art, culture, sport and recreation
  • Initiatives that improve parenting and/or life skills
  • Volunteering Initiatives
  • Initiatives that encourage intergenerational relationship building
  • Health promotion initiatives including community based healthy activities
  • Initiatives that support people to age in place and sustain tenancies
  • Initiatives that support social participation for older people, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, multicultural backgrounds or young people

Additional information regarding ClubGRANTS, can be found here

Contact Details: Jessica Forbes – Community Planner

Maitland City Council

PO Box 220

Maitland 2320

Phone: 02 4934 9881 Email:

National Youth Week

The successful community grant recipients for 2017 are Youth Off the Streets, Youth Express, Up n Up, House with No Steps, Samaritans, Maitland Neighbourhood Centre and Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council. A number of activities have been planned for Youth Week by the successful recipients. Click on the below picture to download the flyer which lists all Youth Week activities in Maitland.

This year, National Youth Week will be held from Friday 31 March until Sunday 9 April. Since its establishment in 1989 the annual event has aimed to empower young people and it has become the country’s largest annual youth event. It is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

For more information on National Youth Week, please visit the NSW Youth Week website.

Other community grants


Community builders NSW has links to funding sources for community groups and projects from federal, state and local government as well as some philanthropic funds and companies.