Willoughby City Council’s Grants for the Community Program and ClubGRANTS are available to organisations that provide community and environmental benefits in the Willoughby Local Government Area.

Our grant programs

Grants for the Community Program 2023/24


The 2023/24 Grants for the Community Program provides grants of up to $7,500 to community and sporting organisations, individuals, small businesses, social enterprises and performing arts groups in the Willoughby Local Government Area.

The Grants for the Community Program is open all year round. The funding pool is renewed on 1 July each year.


You must read the Grants for the Community Guidelines before submitting an application.

Grant Streams

Applicants need to demonstrate how their project will address one or more priorities of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP), Our Future Willoughby 2032:

  • Green
  • Connected and Inclusive
  • Liveable
  • Prosperous and Vibrant
  • Effective and Accountable.

Current funding priorities

Priority funding will be provided to projects that help the community achieve the following:

  • Community recovery to the COVID19 pandemic
  • Increased resilience to deal with future shocks and stresses
  • Enhanced community connectedness
  • Access to high quality entertainment and events.

How to apply?

To apply, applicants need to complete an application form using the SmartyGrants online portal.


Please read the Grants for the Community Guidelines before submitting an application.

Application deadlines

All grant applications must be assessed for eligibility, suitability, recommended by a Council Officer and endorsed by Council at a Council meeting. The following table indicates the application submission deadlines and the corresponding Council meeting dates for 2023.

2023 Council meeting date   Grant application due date
Monday 25 September Friday 25 August
Monday 23 October Friday 22 September
Monday 27 November Friday 27 October
Monday 11 December Friday 10 November


For all enquiries relating to the Grants for the Community Program, please contact Tracey Walker, Community Projects Officer: | 02 9777 7982.

Related documents

Past Projects

Successful grant recipients

1. St George Community Housing – Garden of Connection

Funding was used to build 30 new garden beds for the community garden project at the Barton Road social housing site in Artarmon. The garden is predominantly being used to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for cooking. The new garden space has created opportunity for connection between neighbours, who regularly meet to share produce and gardening knowledge.

2. StreetWork Australia – Urban Art Program

Funding was used to run weekly art classes at Chatswood Youth Centre which helped ‘at risk’ young people develop street art skills in a safe and legal environment. The 142 young people who participated in the program have been encouraged to further develop their art skills after the program ends.

3. Natalia Stawyskyj – The Inaccurate Perception of Lara Grace

Natalia is an emerging filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. With funding from Council, Natalia wrote and directed The Inaccurate Perception of Lara Grace, a short fictional film about a young woman who developed a disability as a teenager. The film explores issues around youth identity and social connectedness in the digital age. The film was produced entirely in Willoughby City and included local residents as film crew. Natalia’s film will be screened at film festivals and released widely online.

ClubGRANTS 2023


ClubGRANTS is an initiative of the NSW Government and ClubsNSW to provide funding for community development projects and services that have a direct impact on the Willoughby City community. The program is guided by the Gaming Machine Tax Act 2001.

Willoughby City Council coordinates and administers the Willoughby ClubGRANTS Scheme on behalf of local clubs.

Key dates

The 2023 grant round is now closed. 

All applications are now under assessment. Applicants will receive notification of outcome during July/August 2023.

  • Open: Wednesday 22 March 2023 at 9:00am 
  • Close: Friday 5 May 2023 at 4:00pm

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services in the Willoughby LGA:

  • Community welfare or social services
  • Community development
  • Community health service
  • Employment assistance activities

ClubGRANT Guidelines

ClubGRANT Priority Areas

More information about the ClubGRANTS program is available from ClubsNSW.

Apply Now


For all enquiries relating to ClubGRANTS, please contact Julia Lee:  | 02 9777 7990.