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. This also applies for requests for a reduction or waiver of Council fees and charges.

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.

Reduction or Waiver of Council Fees & Charges

Consistent and equitable assessment of requests for the reduction or waiver of Council fees and charges for the use of Council facilities and/or services provided by Council.

It is highly recommended that applicants read the Financial Assistance & Reduction or Waiver of Council Fees & Charges Policy prior to submitting an application. 

A copy of the Financial Assistance & Reduction or Waiver of Council Fees & Charges 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 and Reduction or Waiver of Council Fees and Charges Policy(PDF, 301KB)

Application Form - Financial Assistance (PDF, 315KB)


2. Heritage & CBD Grants

The 2023/24 Heritage and CBD Grant stream is now closed.  If applicants have any questions, please contact Councils Landscape and Heritage Planner. 


3. 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

4. ClubGrants

Applications for funding under ClubGRANTS Category 1 2024 are now OPEN and will be accepted until 5pm Friday 31st May 2024 for the Goulburn Mulwaree Local Government Area (LGA).

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 submit your application using the ClubGRANTS On-line portal found at the link below:

Welcome to ClubGRANTS | ClubGRANTS

For further information to assist applicants, please use the link below:

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie McCarthy via email or (02) 4823 4552.

5. 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, Sports Tourism Event funding and Tourism Event Development funding

  • 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.
  • Tourism Event Development funding: offers funding to support the development of innovative tourism events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the Goulburn Mulwaree area and can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote and enhance the Goulburn Mulwaree region and attract overnight visitation, contributing to a year-round event calendar

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, 204KB)


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)