Community funding up for grabs to create vibrant and liveable places

Port Stephen

More funding is available to support a broad range of individuals and groups across Port Stephens from today as part of Council’s Round 2 2023–24 funding program.

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says this funding is a chance for us to give back and support the Port Stephens community to create a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

“So far, we’ve been excited to award funding to heaps of different projects, including the Seaham Shared Pathway project and the Nelson Bay AFL Club to improve the wellbeing of women in sport,” Mayor Palmer said.

“We really want to fund as many grassroots local projects that genuinely support local people across the whole LGA to bring life and vibrancy to our streets and neighbourhoods,” he added.

Mayor Palmer said there’s a great cross-section of funding streams available for anyone to apply from individuals, artists, creatives, community groups, not-for profits, businesses and students.

“It’s really easy to apply, with our guidelines clearly explaining each funding program and what type of projects can be funded and our team are available to give you tips on how to make sure your application is successful,” he said.

“We can’t wait to see some exciting new initiatives that will boost the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of our communities,” Mayor Palmer added.

The Vibrant Spaces Fund and Community Support fund close on 5 April 2023, with the other funding streams open year round.

To view the full range of funds available, view the guidelines or to apply visit

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