Grants and Funding


Council and other external bodies provide a variety of grant and funding opportunities throughout the year to support community achievement in a number of social, sporting, cultural and environmental initiatives.

The diversity in grant and funding opportunities ensures there is something for everyone who has an idea or program that strengthens our community and our environment.

The Community Grants and Donations Summary(PDF, 2MB) gives an overview of our grants and funding program.

Council Donation Funds

More information coming soon.

Community Development Grants

The Community Development Grants Program provides funding to not-for-profit community organisations that are based and/or operating within the Fairfield Local Government Area and/or principally servicing Fairfield residents. There are two rounds (March and September) each year.

Visit Smarty Grants to apply for the Community Development Grants program.

Download the Community Grants Program Guidelines(PDF, 3MB).

For more information contact Council's Customer Service team on 9725 0222 or email

Community Capacity Building

Community Capacity Building grants support emerging needs within our community and projects that facilitate and build community connections and capacity. It’s a good source of funding to try a pilot or develop an innovative solution.

Opens: 28 February
Closes: 30 March

Opens: 12 October
Closes: 2 November


People living with disability can be supported in several ways.

Opens: 28 February
Closes: 30 March

Opens: 12 October
Closes: 2 November

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention

For projects and activities raising awareness on issues concerning domestic and family violence prevention. For activities between 25 November and 10 December, supporting International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign and 16 Days of Activism.

Opens: 28 February
Closes: 30 March

Refugee Week

Held in June, Refugee Week raises awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrates their positive contributions to Australian society.

Opens: 28 February
Closes: 30 March

Social Change Through Creativity Grants

Social Change through Creativity Grant Program encourages and supports creative-based projects that include and address issues of importance in the community.

One-off grants of up to $5,000 are available to not-for-profit groups or organisations.

Download the Application Form.

Download the Cultural Plan 2011-2016(PDF, 604KB)

Opens: 28 February
Closes: 30 March

Arts and Culture

The grants are open to all art forms, including film, visual art, music, literature, dance, theatre, digital media, augmented reality, virtual reality, and multi-disciplinary arts with a focus on assisting emerging and professional artists and art organisations in the development and production of work relevant to Fairfield.

Opens: 12 October
Closes: 2 November

Harmony Week

Held in March, Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and address racial discrimination.

Opens: 12 October
Closes: 2 November

Youth Week

Held in April, Youth Week is a national celebration of young people, organised by young people for young people. Youth Week activities aim to provide fun and free activities for young people, and opportunities for young people to be involved in the planning of the event.

Opens: 12 October
Closes: 2 November

Rapid Response

Community Capacity and Youth Rapid Response grants are for emerging needs that require a quick response. It’s important to speak to a relevant Council officer. A link to the funding application will then be provided.


ClubGRANTS is designed to ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services to their local communities; and to ensure that the disadvantaged in the community are better positioned to benefit from the substantial contributions made by those clubs. Fairfield City Council has again been appointed by the 10 participating local Clubs to administer the Fairfield ClubGRANTS Program for Category 1 expenditure on specific community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities. (Please contact your local Clubs for Category 2 funding expenditure).

Eligible Category 1 expenditure is for projects and/or services that contribute to the welfare and broader social fabric of the local community, and are aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.

For further details, please contact Council's Customer Service team on 9725 0222.

Completed projects are required to submit a report depending on the funding amount.

Download Funding amount less than $7,500 form(PDF, 707KB)

Download Funding amount more than $7,500 form(PDF, 798KB)

2021 ClubGRANTS Information Sessions

Fairfield ClubGRANTS Information Sessions

The Fairfield ClubGRANTS Information Sessions will be held in person and online at Fairfield City Council Administration Building on Wednesday 10 February 2021.

Session 1: 10am - 12pm

Session 2: 6pm - 8pm

Address: 86 Avoca Road Wakeley 2176, Committee Room 5.

Register to attend either session in person or online here by Friday 5 February.

Heritage Rate Grants

Heritage Rate Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 for owners of heritage items for minor building alterations.

Applications are open each year from June to August.

Council will financially assist owners of heritage properties listed within Council’s Local Environmental Plan for essential maintenance and repair for minor work between $1,000 and $5,000 per project, on a dollar-for-dollar basis for ’minor building alterations’.

Under special circumstances, where the integrity of a heritage item is under threat due to serious damage resulting from a lack of timely intervention, consideration will be given to a two-dollar-for-dollar arrangement, subject to availability of funds and identified need. 

Download the Heritage Rate Grants Policy(PDF, 94KB)

Heritage Rate Relief 

The Heritage Rate Relief Program provides financial assistance to owners of heritage items as listed in Schedule 5 Environmental Heritage in Fairfield Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013.

Rates relief is automatically granted to eligible properties at 50% of the general ordinary rate, with a maximum amount of $3,000 per assessment.  

For further information email or contact the Project Officer - Planning on 9725 0222.

Download the Rates Relief Program Policy(PDF, 168KB)