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Dollar for Dollar Grants

Cessnock City Council believes strongly in investment in community, demonstrated through participation in community, cultural and environmental activities, support of local business and preservation of heritage. Council aims to draw on these strengths and provides the support which will help them flourish and grow.

Council has a number of grants which provide funding across a range of activities encompassing community, cultural, environmental and economic. The funding and support provided through these programs supports a diverse range of services and projects that directly benefit the Local Government Area.

The provision of grants are also a mechanism for Council to further the aims identified in social, economic, environmental and cultural policies; applications are assessed against these policies and against broad Council objectives and plans.

Grants are defined as funds given to organisations to assist with the services or projects which they provide, where the Council only receives acknowledgement as the grant giver.

Please Note: To be eligible for funding, groups/organisations must complete and submit the ‘Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Acquittal Form’ for all previously funded projects. Application forms and grant guidelines are available from the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries, and Councils’ Customer Service Counter, 62 – 78 Vincent Street, Cessnock.


Dollar for Dollar Grants administered by Cessnock City Council

Community Cultural Development Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme

Applications now closed 

Grants are offered to arts and cultural groups for projects that can demonstrate a benefit to the cultural or artistic development of the wider community through:

a) improvements to Council owned facilities licenced to, occupied or leased by the group which will contribute to the cultural or artistic use of the facility; and / or

b) developing and/ or implementing cultural or artistic projects or programs; and / or

c) the purchase of equipment and / or materials for cultural or artistic projects or programs.

Projects are considered on a dollar for dollar basis.  Applications for projects requesting up to a maximum of $3000 will be considered.

Community based organisations from outside the Cessnock lga may apply and be considered for funding only if the project benefits the artistic or cultural development of the Cessnock LGA.

Applications will be considered by the Dollar for Dollar Grants Committee,

$ for $ Community Cultural Development Project Acquittal Form


Community Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme  

Applications are now OPEN

The Community Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme is aimed at assisting Community Facility Management Committees and associated facility user groups in developing Council’s general purpose community assets and their environs. The intention of the grant scheme is to assist in completing minor capital works and the purchase of equipment for Council’s community assets and to subsequently improve the utilisation of the facilities by user groups and the general public. The target facilities are Council community halls and buildings which cater for a broad range of users including, but not limited to, the management committees, playgroups, community support providers, indoor sporting and recreation, art and cultural activities.

  • Projects are considered purely on a maximum dollar for dollar basis
  • Applicants must be incorporated and have an ABN
  • All works must be carried out on Council owned or managed land
  • All grants are subject to other relevant approvals and conditions (e.g. Development Applications/Construction Certificates)
  • All applications are to include quotations from reputable contractors and suppliers.

$ for $ Community Facilities Grant 2017 - Application Form and Guidelines



$ for $ Community Facilities Grant 2017 - Acquittal Form and Guidelines


Sporting Facilities and Equipment Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme    

Applications are now OPEN

The Sporting Facilities and Equipment Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme targets local sporting and community groups whose projects aim to improve or refurbish Council owned sporting facilities as well as purchase of equipment, which has long term benefits to the club and Council.

  • Contributes to identified capital works for Council owned community facilities.
  • Addressing short to long term safety issues.
  • Significance or benefit to the operations of the facility and user groups.
  • Provides the opportunity for increased use for the general public and community based organisations.

 $ for $ Sporting Grant 2017 - Application Form and Guidelines

$ for $ Community Facilities Grant 2017 - Acquittal Form and Guidelines


If you require further information about the Dollar for Dollar Grant Schemes please contact

Community & Cultural Development Grants - Jo Miller E:  

Sporting Facilities & Equipment and Community Facilities Grants - Kate Hicks E: