Council grants

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.

2019 Dollar for Dollar recipients 

We are proud to announce 26 local community based organisations have been successful in the latest Community Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme, totalling more than $67,500.  

2019 Dollar for Dollar recipients

  • Abermain Eisteddfod: Purchase of a portable PA system - $929
  • Cessnock Chamber of Commerce: Mt View Laneway - 5 ways to wellbeing. Costs of production and installation of artwork into the Laneway - $3,000
  • Cessnock Chamber of Commerce: The Coalface Mining Laneway. Costs of printing and installation of artwork into the Laneway - $3,000
  • Cessnock Seniors Citizens Association Inc: 24 Music stands for Cessnock Seniors Choir. Costs of purchase of stands - $324
  • Early links Inclusion Support service: Music therapy, costs of consultant/therapist and resources - $3,000
  • Freemasons Cessnock (Lodge Cessnock No.252): Cessnock Masonic Centre Transformation Project, purchase of 55 chairs for hall - $1,487
  • Korreil Wonnai Aboriginal Education Consultative Group: Kullaburra Awards promotion, printing, catering - $2,500
  • Richmond Vale Railway Museum: Upgrade of administration and presentation equipment at RVRM, purchase of laptop, digital voice recorder, display panels and cash registers - $2,423
  • Wine Country Music Association Inc: Stage Gear Upgrade, purchase of microphones and music stands - $887 

How to apply 

Applications for the 2020/21 Dollar for Dollar grant scheme open Monday 3 August and close Friday 4 September 2020.

To apply please complete and submit the Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Application Form.(PDF, 370KB)

Applicants are advised to read the the Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Guidelines(PDF, 3MB) before completing their application.

Funds will not be awarded to applicants who have outstanding acquittals for any previously awarded Council grants.


Successful applicants are required to complete a Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Acquittal Form(PDF, 435KB) on completion of their project.

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 & Cultural Development Officer

Tidy Towns: Sustainability Officer