Council grants and club grants

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. 

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.

The Dollar for Dollar grants for this category usually open in January. Please look out for media announcements and this webpage to confirm when this round is open or sign up to the Environment and Waste monthly newsletter.

How to apply 

Applications for the 2022/23 Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme is now open and closes on Friday 2 September 2022.

For more information on how to apply, including the application form click here.

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


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.

2022 ClubGRANTS recipients

The Cessnock LGA ClubGRANTS Committee received 29 applications requesting a total of $328,538. 18 projects have been funded, 15 fully funded. The total amount allocated to the community through ClubGRANTS Category 1 funding was over $124,000.

2022 ClubGRANTS Recipients



Life Education NSW

Children's Post Pandemic Mental Wellbeing Recovery Initiative


Central Hunter Community Broadcasters Incorporated

Continue and Increase Community Media Access for Disadvantaged Community Members


Little Wings Limited

Little Wings Children's Hospital Flight Program - Cessnock City Council


Hunter Food Relief Centre Inc

Hunter Food Relief Centre


Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Limited

Funding for a Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service aeromedical mission in Cessnock


Lifeline Direct Limited.

Suicide Safer Hunter


The Royal Life Saving Society NSW

Swim and Survive for Kids Who Miss Out


The Rotary Club of Cessnock

Lunch by Rotary


Kurri Kurri High School

Dream Together - a project giving teenage girls the power to achieve dreams



Keep Me Active


Prostate Survival Alliance Inc

Prostate Cancer Counselling and Promotion


Solve-TAD Limited

The Joy of Cycling for Children with Disabilities in the Cessnock Region


The Rotary Club of Cessnock

Scone Time by Cessnock Rotary


Cessnock Family Support Service Inc.

Cessnock Walks Kawuma 2022 Gazebo Project


The Shepherd Centre For Deaf Children

Talk Together Connection - A life-changing program of support for parents of deaf children in Cessnock area


Cessnock District Rescue Squad Inc.

Hydraulic rescue equipment upgrade



Cessnock Food Rescue


Soupzon Through Grace Inc.

Increase Our Reach


Greta Community Preschool

Speech Program





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.