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.

2021/22 Dollar for Dollar recipients 

We are proud to announce that 20 local community based organisations have been successful in the 2021/22 round of the Community Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme, with over $40,000 distributed to support community, cultural, sporting and environmental projects.  

Successful recipients Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme 2021/22

Community and Cultural Development

Lions Club of Branxton Inc - Branxton Greta Be Connected. Purchase IT equipment, androids, laptops, iPads.  $2,937.50

Cessnock Bellbird Uniting Church - Community Free Food.  Kitchen equipment/appliances. $1,575.00

Wine Country Music Association - Equipment Upgrade for improved Stage Safety Management. Microphones and stage box.  $485.45

Early Links Inclusion Support Service - Lego Club: Building Blocks for Success.  Therapist, equipment, storage, Lego blocks/kits.  $2,863.00

Richmond Vale Railway Museum - Purchase of automatic external defibrillator.  $954.50

Samaritans Foundation Community Cultural Wall Mural.  Artist/facilitator fees and materials.  $800.00

Cessnock Seniors Citizens Association - Cessnock Senior Citizens Association Open Days.  Entertainment, catering, promotion.  $700.00

Sculpture in the Vineyards Inc - Sculpture in the Vineyards Wollombi Sculpture Festival.  Website, social media, promotion, catalogue.   $3,000.00

Community Facilities (Round 1)

Abermain Plaza Hall Section 355 Committee - Replacement of stage curtains.  $4,236.00

Branxton Community Hall Section 355 - Kitchen renovations and stainless steel appliances. $6,501.00

Kurri Kurri Retired Mineworkers - Installation of security doors and replacement of hinged doors $2,645.00

Wollombi Community Hall Section 355 Committee - Purchase of defibrillator.   $1,159.00

Wollombi Valley Progress Association - Bushfire ground maintenance at Laguna Community Hall and purchase of BBQ.  $504.00


Sporting Facilities (Round 1)

Bellbird Cricket Club -  Install fans, LED's, seating and tables;  Repair and replace scoreboards. $2,997.00

Branxton Croquet Club - Purchase commercial reel mower. $1,982.00

Cessnock District Netball Association - Purchase 2 court sweepers. $1,290.00

Cessnock Dog Club - Purchase of dog agility equipment.  $1,182.00

Kurri Weston Cricket Club - Installation of additional turf wicket. $3,102.00

Wollombi Pony Club - Purchase of sporting equipment.   $913.00

Wollombi Valley Tennis & Sports Association - Repairs and roof replacement to picnic shelter and purchase of an island bench for the kitchen.  $2,828.00


How to apply 

Applications for the 2022/23 Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme will open in August 2022.


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 is a state-wide initiative where local clubs provide financial support for projects and services that contribute to the wellbeing of their local communities.  ClubGRANTS funding is made available by local clubs who earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue.  There are three Categories of funding made available each year.  For more information visit the ClubGRANTS website.

Council is convenor of the Cessnock LGA ClubGRANTS Committee that oversees the annual Category 1 funding.  Clubs participating in 2022 grant round are:

Cessnock LGA ClubGRANTS 2022 Category 1 provides funding for local social services and community projects, with the aim of addressing social need and disadvantage.  

Eligible projects and services include, community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities. 

Funding priorities for 2022 are for projects and services in the Cessnock Local Government Area that seek to address areas of high local need in particular:

  • Homelessness
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Social isolation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Apply for 2022 ClubGRANTS

The ClubGRANTS guidelines and application form are available on the ClubGRANTS NSW website Applicants need to register and log in through the site. Applications will only be accepted using this portal.  Late applications will not be accepted.

If you received a ClubGRANT in 2020 or 2021 all funds must be acquitted and sent to the relevant club using the Standard Funding Report Form to ensure you are eligible to apply for a 2022 grant. 

Applications close 4pm 3 June 2022.

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.

Visitor Economy Grants and Sponsorship Program 

The visitor economy within the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) plays an important role in the employment of local residents and in generating significant economic output for the region. Accommodation and Food Services is our highest employing industry sector (2,589 full time jobs) with Food and Beverage Manufacturing our 7th highest employing industry sector (832 full time jobs).

Visitor data shows that Monday to Thursday visitation is approximately 60% of the visitor numbers received during weekends. Attracting 10% more midweek visitors will result in 35,000 additional annual visitors to the Cessnock LGA, creating $15 million in additional annual output and 103 new jobs.

The annual Visitor Economy Grants and Sponsorship Program is a targeted program aimed at growing the visitor economy in areas where opportunities exist and maximum benefits are achieved. The program also recognises that at certain times of the year accommodation availability is limited and additional activities during these periods may have a negative benefit to the region by reducing customer satisfaction and driving up costs.

Council will financially support projects and events that increase mid-week visitation, increase visitor length of stay and grow jobs within the Cessnock LGA.

Applications can be made between 1 – 28 February and 1 – 31 August every year via the below online form. Please read the Visitor Economy Grants and Sponsorship Program Guidelines(PDF, 504KB) prior to making your application.