Council grants and ClubGRANTS

Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme

Cessnock City Council believes in investing in the community. Each financial year, we make funding available under our Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme to support community, cultural, sporting and environmental projects.

We currently offer four Dollar for Dollar Grant Schemes:

Sporting facilities

Grants are offered to local sporting and community groups for projects that aim to improve or refurbish Council owned sporting facilities or purchase of equipment for the long term benefit of the club and Council.

Community facilities

Grants are offered to complete minor capital works and purchase equipment for Council’s community assets in order to improve the utilisation of the facilities by user groups and the general public. The target facilities are Council community halls and buildings.

Community and cultural development

Grants are offered to not-for-profit community, arts and cultural groups to:

  • undertake projects, activities and events that increase opportunities for community participation and improve community well-being
  • undertake projects, activities, events and projects that can demonstrate a benefit to the cultural or artistic development of the wider community
  • undertake 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.

Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns

Grants are offered to not-for-profit community environmental groups (such as adopted Section 355 Committees of Council, Landcare, etc.) to undertake projects that make ‘on the ground’ improvements to the local environment, encourage community pride and promote a positive community image.

2020 Dollar for Dollar recipients 

We are proud to announce that 31 local community based organisations have been successful in the 2020/21 round of the Community Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme, with over $91,000 distributed to support community, cultural, sporting and environmental projects.  

Successful recipients Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme 2020/21

Community and Cultural Development

  • Cessnock City Toastmasters Club: Digital equipment for better accessibility with hybrid meetings = $897
  • Cessnock Family Support Service Inc: 'Cessnock Walks Kawuma 2021' promotion, stage hire, toilets = $3000
  • Cessnock Senior Citizens Association: Seniors in Cessnock bus travel = $500
  • Cessnock Wood turners Inc: Machinery and tools = $1630
  • Coalfields Local History Association Inc: Digital scanner for digitisation project = $1310
  • Freemasons Cessnock (Lodge Cessnock 252): COVID-19 hand sanitiser stations = $747
  • Kearsley Community Dawn Service Committee Inc: Service photographs of WWII servicemen from Kearsley and Abernethy = $274
  • Sculpture in the Vineyards Inc: 'Sculpture in the Vineyards' Wollombi sculpture festival marketing, venue hire, transportation, printing = $3000
  • Towns with Heart Inc: '2021 Town of Murals Art Show' major award (acquisitive art prize) = $2200
  • Towns with Heart Inc: Restoration of four Kurri Kurri murals = $2200
  • Weston Heritage and Tidy Towns Committee: Mural for Weston Civic Centre = $6242
  • Wollombi School Education Trust Inc: 2021 WSCET community events program publicity and promotion, children’s holiday workshops, marquee, speakers and seminar program, and Easter Market Day = $3000

Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns

  • Cessnock Tidy Towns: Shade structure = $840.91
  • Weston Heritage & Tidy Town: Refurbishment of water tower = $5650

Community Facilities

  • Aberdare Pre School Inc: Accessible ramp = $4065
  • Abermain Plaza Hall Section 355 Committee: Gardens = $4330
  • Cessnock Multi-Purpose Children’s Centre: Synthetic grass = $5000
  • Greta Rural Fire Brigade: Security lighting = $1052
  • Kurri Kurri Retired Miners Association (Kurri Kurri Senior Citizens Section 355 Committee): Replacement of doors and windows = $4071
  • North Cessnock Community Hall Section 355 Committee: Solar panels = $6245
  • Weston Community Pre School: Skylights = $1205
  • Wollombi Valley Progress Association (Laguna Section 355 Committee): Maintenance and upgrades to Laguna Community Hall = $1800

Sporting Facilities

  • Branxton Croquet Club: Safety rail at clubhouse = $2638
  • Branxton Greta Amateur Swimming Club: Shade marquee = $2615
  • Cessnock Dog Club: Dog training equipment = $1500
  • Cessnock Dog Club: Ground maintenance and bindii control at Baddeley Park, Cessnock = $150
  • Cessnock District Hockey Association: Kitchen appliances = $905
  • Kearsley Community Sporting Association Inc: Kitchen appliances = $1200
  • Kurri Kurri Rugby League Football Club: Ride on lawn mower and push mower = $4534
  • Kurri Kurri Tennis Club: Replacement of tennis nets, lawn mower and grass trimmer = $800
  • Mulbring Cricket Club: Grandstand flooring = $6771
  • Weston Workers Bears Football Club: Portable goal posts = $5000
  • Wollombi Valley Pony Club: Maintenance of horse arena surface = $3437
  • Wollombi Valley Tennis & Sports Association: Floor covering = $2682

How to apply 

The following Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme are currently open:

  • Sporting Facilities – Closes COB Friday 3 September 2021
  • Community Facilities – Closes COB Friday 3 September 2021
  • Community and Cultural Development – Closes COB Friday 3 September 2021

Applications for the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns grant will open early 2022. Please check back for details.

The Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Guidelines and application form can be found here.


Successful applicants are required to complete a Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Acquittal Form on completion of their project. Funds will not be awarded to applicants who have outstanding acquittals for any previously awarded Council grants.

Need more information?

If you would like to find out more about our grants scheme, please call us and ask to speak to the following Council officers: 

Sporting facilities or community facilities - Recreation and Community Liaison Officer 
Community and cultural development - Community and Cultural Development Officer 
Tidy Towns - Sustainability Officer


ClubGRANTS funding is made available by local clubs who earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue.

The Cessnock LGA ClubGRANTS program has three eligibilty categories which provide funding for local social services, welfare and community projects, sporting projects and more.

The current members of the Cessnock ClubGRANTS local committee are:

Apply for 2021 ClubGRANTS

Applications for 2021 ClubGRANTS are now closed.

2021 ClubGRANTS recipients

The Cessnock LGA ClubGRANTS Committee received 41 applications requesting a total of $456,718. 24 projects have been funded, 21 fully funded. The total amount allocated to the community through ClubGRANTS Category 1 funding was over $145,000.

2021 ClubGRANTS Recipients

Organisation Program 
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) Reading Eggs and Mathseeds Learning Programs for Autistic Students at Aspect Hunter School
Branxton Greta Swim Club Improved Sound System for Branxton Pool
Camp Quality Child Life Therapy Sessions for Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment
Careflight Australia Essential Training for Local Community and Emergency Services 
Carries Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services Incorporated Assertive Outreach Project
Central Hunter Community Broadcasters Incorporated Continue and Increase Community Media Access for Disadvantaged Community Members
Cessnock City Library Cessnock Library Tech Skills Training
Cessnock Community Leo Club Cessnock Community Leo Club
Cessnock Family Support Service Inc. Cessnock Walks Kawuma 2021 Street Banner Project 
Cessnock Public School Breakfast Club
Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch RSL Sub-Branch Veteran Community Centre 
Greta Community Preschool Speech program
Hunter Valley Animal Facility & Rehoming Centre  Hunter Valley Animal Facility & Rehoming Centre 
 Life Education NSW Building Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Children's Health and Mental Wellbeing Resilience in the Wake of the Covid19 Pandemic
Lifeline Direct Hunter Central Coast  In Conversation with Lifeline
OzHarvest Cessnock Food Rescue
Prostate Survival Alliance Inc Prostate Cancer Counselling and Promotion
Road Safety Education Ltd RYDA Road Safety Education Program in Cessnock 
SHINE for Kids  Cessnock - Connecting Kids 
St John Ambulance (NSW) Cessnock Combined Division Training Laptops - St John Ambulance NSW
Sunnyfield Learning the fun way 
We Help Ourselves WHOS Hunter Residential Rehabilitation Service - Bedding Upgrade 
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) - Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Upgrades For Operations Teams
Youth Off The Streets Limited Cessnock Outreach Intensive Case Management


Successful applicants are required to submit an acquittal report to the funding club by filling out a Standard Funding Report Form. This can be found on the ClubGRANTS FAQ page. The completed form must be sent to the club who funded the project. 

Need more information? 

If you require more information about ClubGRANTS, please visit their website or contact Council's Customer Relations Team on 02 4993 4100.