Community Wellbeing Grants

We are funding these grants through the Federal Government’s response to the bushfire crisis, which is supporting the mental health, wellbeing, resilience and recovery of those affected by the 2019/20 'Black Summer' Bushfires.

Our Community Wellbeing Grants will allow communities to choose their own way to respond to the losses, anxiety and distress they have experienced, as well as actively participate in their recovery.

Who can apply?

Individuals (not organisations or businesses) directly impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires within the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Lithgow areas can apply for up to $1,000 to conduct a community activity in their area that meets the Grant Objectives.

Directly impacted areas include (but may not be limited to): Bell, Berambing, Bilpin, Blackheath, Clarence, Colo, Colo Heights, Dargan, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Megalong Valley, Mt Irvine, Mt Tomah, Mt Wilson, Mt Victoria, Olinda, Running Stream, St Albans, Woodford and Wolgan Valley.

Grant Applicants are responsible for carrying out the activities described in the application form and identifying an appropriate organisation that can auspice the application. 

Profit-making organisations and/or activities where the profits are allocated to the shareholders, owners or members are not eligible to apply.


A Grant Application will need to be auspiced. Only non profit organisations can auspice an applicant. This means that a non profit organisation will support the activity with administrative support, access to tax concessions and protections.

Please refer to the grant guidelines for more information on auspicing an activity. 

How to Apply

  1. Read the Community Wellbeing Grants Guidelines to understand all the eligibility criteria.
  2. Download and complete the Community Wellbeing Grants Application Form (PDF) or Community Wellbeing Grants Application Form (Word Version)
  3. Submit your application form (or a document that addresses the application's questions) and any supporting material as per details provided in the Application Form.

Please allow 14 days between the date of submission and your proposed activity date. This will ensure our grants team has adequate time to review and process your application. 

If you have not received a response within five business days acknowledging the submission of your application, or for general enquires, please contact or call (02) 4708 8100.

Please Note: once you have submitted an application, you must not commence your activity until a signed and executed agreement is in place and you have been advised that your activity is authorised to proceed.

Closing Dates

There is no deadline. The grants will be open until funding has been exhausted.

Funded Projects

We have had a variety of applications come through, from picnics with a live band to playgroup excursions, yoga classes, craft groups, a stone wall building workshop and more! A full list of the projects and activities we have funded so far is available here.

Have a great idea and want to know if it might be suitable for a grant? Or do you want to do something for your community but you're just not quite sure what? Our Community Engagement Officer,  Esther Perry, may be able to help. Please call 4708 8142 to chat.


Need some tips on how to write a winning grant application? Below are resources that might help: 

Coming Soon!

Community Wellbeing Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for larger activities.

Please check this page for updates in the coming weeks.

Contact Us

If you have questions on the grant application or eligibility criteria, please contact Louisa Kable on 4708 8114.

You can also reach us via our online contact us form.