Grants & 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
Business attraction & improvement fund Funding for fit out and façade upgrades to assist businesses to setup a shopfront in the City of Charles Sturt. $8000 matched funding Open year round until funding for current financial year has been allocated.  
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 
Hindmarsh Town Mission Education ScholarshipAssistance for study costs for students of all ages in Hindmarsh Ward of Council. Includes enrolment fees, course material and uniforms.$400Opens on 1 December and closes on the last day of February each year. 
Main Street Trader SupportFunding for business led programs, activities or marketing campaigns that promote, activate and develop main streets & retail centres.$20,000Open year round until funding for current financial year has been allocated. 
Westside Place Makers GrantAssist community led projects undertaken in public spaces in City of Charles Sturt.$25,000 per roundThere are two rounds per year, August 2019 and January 2020Applications Closed
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.