Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

Richmond Valley Council is keen to see organisations in the Richmond Valley successfully tender for, receive and acquit funding from external third parties.

There is no staff member in Council who is responsible to undertake this task, however staff run workshops (see the 'How To Get That Grant Workbook in the list of document below) for people interested in learning to apply for grants.   This training includes information about ways to search for available grants. Council staff do however provide specific assistance for the Community Development Support (CDSE) and Community Builders Grants.

Council also assists those that have been trained in grant writing with more complex elements of funding submissions.  Please note that it is not possible or appropriate for staff to write funding submissions for other organisations. Council can write support letters for funding applications.  

If you would like further information on funding and grants applications please contact:

Co-ordinator Communities
Richmond Valley Council
Phone (02) 6660 0300

Direct Council Assistance

To find out about Event Funding, visit the Tourism & Community Event Funding page.

To find out about grants that assist in improvements to heritage listed buildings, visit the Heritage Grants Scheme page.

The ClubGrants Scheme is supported by Richmond Valley Council. To make an application for your organisation, visit the website:

Richmond Valley Council offers community groups very small grants through what is known as s356 applications (for Section 356 of the Local Government Act). In August/September each year Council will advertise and call for applications from individuals/groups/organisations for financial assistance from Council. The process will occur only once in each financial year and allocation of funds is at Council’s discretion. The funds allocated as part of this process will be 80% of the total allocation for the respective year. The remaining 20% will be kept aside for emergency applications to Council for s356 funding outside of the first round application period.

Call for Applications for Financial Assistance to Community Groups
In accordance with Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993 and Council Policy No. 1.4.5 - Guidelines for Section 356 (Local Government Act) Financial Assistance, applications are invited from individuals and community groups or organisations who wish to seek financial assistance from Council for financial assistance during the 2014/2015 financial year for the purpose of exercising Council functions.
A total of $50,000 (excluding GST) is available for Section 356 grants for the 2014/2015 financial year. The funding is available in two rounds (each round has a total of $25,000) with the first funding round applications to be submitted by the close of business on Tuesday 30 September 2014. It is proposed that applications will be submitted to Council for consideration at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on 21October 2014.
A copy of the Application Form and Policy Document can be obtained by contacting Customer Service on 02 6660 0300


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