Financial Assistance / Donations

Applications are now being called from non-profit organisations for donations for the third allocation of the 2019-2020 financial year. Applications close 7 February 2020.

Each year we provide funding to assist local sporting, cultural, educational, health, welfare and other groups who have a demonstrated community need. This funding is also available to meet requests for ‘in lieu’ or ‘in kind’ contributions.

Applications are open four times per year. Organisations or individuals wishing to be considered for a donation must submit an application form by the upcoming closing dates:

  • 7 February 2020 (3rd quarter allocation)
  • 1 May 2020 (4th quarter allocation)
  • 3 July 2020 (1st quarter allocation)
  • 16 October 2020 (2nd quarter allocation)

 Applications must comply with our Financial Assistance Policy which can be found  here

Download an application form

Community Events Sponsorship

Applications are currently closed for sponsorship of community events in the Shellharbour LGA from businesses and community groups for the 2020-2021 financial year. Applications will open shortly.

We provide funding to assist with local community events. This funding is in the way of ‘in kind’ or cash support.

To submit an application,
1. Read the Sponsorship policy which can be found  here
2. If your event meets the criteria outlined in the policy, complete and submit an application form.
3. Ensure that your application and any supporting material is submitted by the due date on the application form.

Applications for sponsorship submitted after the closing date may be considered Out of Round Applications, depending on the availability of funds. Event organisers are strongly encouraged to apply for sponsorship through the main application round, as the bulk of sponsorship funds are allocated during this process, and the availability of funds for Out of Round Applications are often limited.

Tip fee reduction

Our fee reduction policy was developed in response to requests from registered charities for ongoing exemptions from tipping fees.  

Community groups, organisations and individuals located in the Shellharbour local government area can apply for assistance with sand, soil, delivery and tipping fees for a single specific project. Applications for fee reduction or exemption are considered twice a year in June and December by Council’s Financial Assistance Working Party. Applications must comply with our Fee Reduction Policy  here

Download an application form (this link will work once Sponsorship opens).


ClubGRANTS is a community funding scheme that ensures larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to services in their local communities and provide support to community groups. We assist in the administration of Category 1 funding. This covers expenditure on specific community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities.

Participating clubs in the Shellharbour LGA include:

  • Albion Park Bowling & Recreation Club
  • Albion Park RSL Memorial Club
  • Oak Flats Bowling & Recreation Club
  • Shellharbour Workers Club
  • Warilla Bowling & Recreation Club
  • Warilla Sports Club

Funding rounds open annually in March and close towards the end of April. All applicants are required to submit their application online. Information sessions are run annually during late February / early March. 

Subscribe to the Shellharbour ClubGRANTS to be notified about information sessions and round openings. 

The next community information session will be Monday 2 March 2020 at 10am, Shellharbour Civic Centre. Download an invitation here.

For further information visit the ClubGRANTS website or download our ClubGRANTS fact sheet. If you do not have access to a computer or require assistance with filling out the form, please contact our Community Partnerships Officer by calling 4221 6007 or by emailing to arrange an appointment for application assistance.

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Last updated : Thu 26 Mar 2020