Grants & Financial Assistance

1. Financial Assistance

Requests for financial assistance can be made at any time during the financial year and must be made in writing using a completed application form. 

Financial Assistance funding will be made available under the following Funding Streams:

Financial Assistance for Community Events, Projects and Representation

Financial contribution to assist with the cost of a community event and/or project or to assist individuals/groups representing their community.
Funding under this stream may be in the form of financial contribution/sponsorship, in-kind support or up to 50% fee waiver of Council venue hire.

Mayor's Discretionary Fund

Financial assistance available at the discretion of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to assist with small projects and community initiatives.
It is highly recommended that applicants read the Financial Assistance Policy prior to submitting an application.  

A copy of the Financial Assistance Policy and application form can be downloaded using the links below, and are also available :

For further information please contact Debbie McCarthy on 4823 4552.

Financial Assistance Policy(PDF, 55KB)


2. Grant Funding Finder

Access to funding is critical for the ongoing development of our region. This grants portal is a collaborative initiative of RDA Southern Inland and participating councils across the region to provide local governments, businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals with simple and up-to-date access to grants and funding resources. Our aim is to empower you to easily find and successfully apply for grants to turn ideas into reality – without wasting time and effort.

This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to you, meaning that you should never miss a grant opportunity again. You can also register on Grant Funding Finder to receive emailed alerts when new ones open, to save your favourites and to access tips which will help you with applications.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council would like to acknowledge the work of Regional Development Australia Southern Inland in partnering with Grant Guru for our region. 

Access Grant Funding Finder here

3. ClubGrants

Applications for funding under ClubGRANTS has now CLOSED for the Goulburn Mulwaree Local Government Area. 

Goulburn and district community organisations may apply for funding towards local community service needs and priorities from the ClubGRANTS scheme.

The ClubGRANTS scheme allows Registered Clubs with annual gaming revenue exceeding $1 million to apply 1.5% of gaming machine revenue to specific community development and support projects. The Goulburn Workers’ Club and Goulburn and District Soldiers’ Club both participate in the ClubGRANTS Scheme.

Category 1 Funding

At least 50% of funding from each club is to be allocated to “Category 1” projects. Projects in the following categories qualify for Category 1 funding:

  • Community welfare and social services;
  • Community development;
  • Community health services
  • Employment assistance activities.

In addition the proposals need to meet the following priorities for the local district:

  • Access to a range of respite options for all sections of the community
  • Support for special needs groups to access appropriate housing
  • Access to opportunities for learning to promote living skills and social well being
  • Social impact of unemployment
  • Increase community building capacity isolated and disadvantaged sectors to facilitate social interaction
  • Access to services for people with dual and complex needs

Funding applications for programs, projects and services assisting people with disabilities, older people, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women and young people are particularly encouraged. Goulburn Mulwaree Council administers the ClubGRANTS Scheme locally on behalf of the Workers’ Club and Soldiers’ Club. 

The ClubGRANTS Committee will identify the local priorities from the applications received and make recommendations to participating clubs.

How To Apply

Please go the ClubsNSW website to obtain more information on Category 1 funding. An Application Handbook, lists of Local Committees and the ClubGRANT Guidelines, which all applicants should read before seeking funding, is also available.

Please note that Goulburn Mulwaree Council are not registered to accept applications using the ClubGRANTS On-Line System

Please submit your application directly to Goulburn Mulwaree Council at Locked Bag 22, Goulburn NSW 2580 using the application form available below.  Please remember to save your completed electronic form before submitting it.  You may also email your completed application to

For further information please contact Debbie McCarthy via email or (02) 4823 4552.

ClubGRANTS Application Guidelines(PDF, 1MB)

Electronic Application Form ClubGRANTS(PDF, 301KB)

4. Event Funding 

Goulburn Mulwaree Council is committed to supporting the development of vibrant, creative and innovative events that enhance the economic, social and cultural life in the Goulburn Mulwaree region.

There are two streams of funding available, Incubator Event funding and Sports Tourism Event funding.

  • Incubator Event Funding: offers funding to events in the region to support their first three years of activity.
  • Sports Tourism Event Funding: available to attract, deliver, stage and promote a broad range of sporting events as identified by staff, through our partnerships with regional, state and national sporting organisation as well as Sports Marketing Australia.

For further information on an event eligibility, through either funding stream, please read the Event Development Funding Policy prior to completing the application form.

Event Development Funding Policy(PDF, 59KB)


5. Community Recovery Contribution Program - Round 4


A financial contribution is available to provide funding opportunities throughout the year for community groups and organisations to purchase assets to assist the operation of their organisation and to assist funding community events and activities that support and enhance the lives of the people in the Goulburn Mulwaree Region. Council is passionate about supporting community-led programs that build social equity and address community needs.

Funds Available

Applications are for amounts up to $5,000

Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an incorporated group, non-profit organisation or sponsored (auspice arrangement by a group)
  • Ensure activities or events comply with Public Health Orders in relation to the COVID restrictions in place at that time.
  • It is strongly encouraged for community groups to work collaboratively across their community when planning recovery activities. Providing letters of support, petitions or other evidence of community support for you activity may assist your application.
  • All applications must be submitted using the online application form and be completed in full.
  • All applications are reviewed by Council representatives.


If your activity meets the criteria and at least one condition in each category please complete the attached application.


  • Applications need to be received before close date 1st February 2022 after this time applications will be assessed weekly.
  • The funded activities must be completed by 30 June 2022 for acquittal and reporting purposes.

Guidelines for financial contributions

Activity Outcomes – Needs and Benefits

Community involvement:

  1. Reach many residents from your community
  2. Benefits of group: elderly, youth, Aboriginal people, people with disability
  3. Responds to identified community need
  4. Has a positive impact for the local community

Questions to ask:

  • Would many people from my community be involved?
  • Have I consulted with other groups in my community to work collaboratively?
  • Does this activity benefit and support people from different backgrounds or with additional needs?
  • Does this activity clearly meet a need from a number of community members?
  • Will this activity have a positive impact on my community?

Improved resilience outcomes:

  1. Improved social connection
  2. Improved mental health of individuals

Questions to ask:

  • Is this activity open and inclusive?
  • Does this activity offer ways to connect community members?
  • Does this activity promote healing, resilience, self-care or mental health support?

Other guidelines

Activity Plan – Who is involved and how will they complete the activity?

Your application should outline who will be involved. You may be working with local government or other service providers, or you may have a community group or local trades that will be involved. In your plan you may be applying for funding for one aspect of a larger project. How will this funding fit into your plan? It is also important to include budget and timelines for your activity, demonstrating that completion is achievable by 30th June 2022.

In your budget, include all items that are necessary to complete the activity. Quotes and letters of support are not required but may assist you in planning for your project and the assessment of your application.

 "Funded under the Bushfire Community Resilience and Recovery Fund; and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the New South Wales Government", unless the views expressed in the Project materials have been publicly supported by the Government or a government agency.


6. Mayoral Emergency Relief Fund 

Goulburn Mulwaree Council renamed the Mayoral Drought Relief Fund the Mayoral Emergency Relief Fund at their meeting on the 6th August 2019. 

All funds have been transferred across, enabling the funds to be utilised for a wider range of events then just the drought. This does not mean funds cannot be used for drought relief, especially if tough conditions continue throughout spring and summer. 
The Council decision allows flexibility in using these funds, but they may still be utilised in the coming 6 months for drought relief projects. 

Council will need to make a decision on an event by event basis to determine what qualifies for assistance from the Mayoral Emergency Relief Fund.

 Mayoral Emergency Relief Fund Application Form and conditions(PDF, 152KB)