Given the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 in Australia and across the world, here at the City of Charles Sturt we want to be proactive and clear about how we can stay healthy and are making changes to the way we do things. We will continue to provide updates to the services and events that are impacted along with the latest information and recommendations from WHO, SA Health and the Government.

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Grants and funding

Community funding and grants support the growth, creativity and vibrancy of our City.

The criteria of each category are different, but each is selected to build our Community Plan. We're committed to building a strong, connected community with exciting places, sustainable strategies and economic opportunities.

All categories of funding require successful applicants to sign an agreement to acquit the funds with copies of receipts and a brief report on the outcomes within 30 days.

Through grants, we invite our community to work with us to shape, celebrate, grow and improve our City. We also list Expressions of Interest for Public Art commission opportunities throughout the year.

Grant and funding streamEligibilityMaximum grant amountOpensCloses
Event and Festival SponsorshipRefer to the Events and Festivals Sponsorship Guidelines$15,000Open nowUntil funding is exhausted
Live and Local

Preference given to applicants using local artists or for events taking place within the City of Charles Sturt while while adhering to eligibility requirements of our Economic Support and Stimulus Package.

Up to $2,000 plus GST per project or businessOpen now

Available on an ongoing basis until 1 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted.

Creative cities program

Full eligibility requirements available here

Up to $5,000 plus GST per project or businessOpen now

Available on an ongoing basis until 1 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted.

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A business from the accommodation, beverage & food services or retail services sector which adhere to eligibility requirements of our Economic Support and Stimulus Package.

Maximum value of $2,000 plus GST with an additional $500 to cover some entertainment costs. Businesses working collaboratively may receive up to a value of $5,000 plus GST

Open nowAvailable on an ongoing basis until 1 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted.
Heritage Conservation GrantsSupport conservation or restoration works to recognised local heritage properties.$2000 matched fundingOpen year round until funding for current financial year has been allocated 
Discretionary Ward AllowanceThe grant helps fund programs, events, activities and minor equipment purchases. Must support Council’s identified priorities in its Community Plan.$34,500 per ward per financial yearOpen year round except for the year of a General Election.Applications received before May 30 will be considered in that financial year, or for the next year if between 1 and 30 June.
Under 18s Sports Program GrantYouth Sports funding is available throughout the year. Applicants must be residents of the City of Charles Sturt.$2500 maximumOpen year round. 
Change Maker Program for Under 30sFunding for youth with a new idea for a local community activity or identified a community opportunity.Up to $1000 per initiativeOpen year round.