Grants program for community and sports groups opens for 20th year

Gunnedah Shire Council

Community and sports groups are invited to apply for a grant in the 20th year of the Section 356 Community and Sports Small Grants Program.

Gunnedah Shire Council Community and Social Planner Debra Hilton said the program recognised the valuable part community and sport groups played in the community, and supported existing local projects or helped fund projects that met the needs of our growing community.

“For 20 years, the Section 356 Community and Sports Small Grants Program has helped our community and sporting groups, many of whom are run by volunteers, provide programs that help make our lifestyle so diverse,” Ms Hilton said.

“Our community includes people who enjoy and excel in a huge variety of areas, from the arts to cultural activities and many sports.

“Over that two decades, the program has awarded more than half a million dollars to groups, with $290,638.54 going to community projects, and $263,640.59 going to sports projects.

“We encourage our community groups to think about their continuing projects or new ideas that might benefit both their organisation and the wider community, and apply.”

The program includes separate grants for community and sports groups, with the level of funding dependent on the project, but with a maximum of $5000 available for individual projects.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available from Council’s website at

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