Grants & Funding Opportunities

Recipients of Community Assistance Scheme Environment and Sustainability funding

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme

Environment and Sustainability

What could your community group or school do with up to $2,000 toward your vision for our Shire’s future sustainability and natural environment? Now is the time to apply for Environment and Sustainability grant funding under Wingecarribee Shire Council’s 2023/24 Community Assistance Scheme.

Applications close on Monday 15 May 2023 at 4 pm. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

In total, we’ll invest up to $10,000 to support local not-for-profit organisations and schools to build capacity and achieve better environment and sustainability practices within their communities.

Applicants can access the 2023/2024 guidelines and submit an application online.

This year’s guidelines specify that all funds must be spent by 30 June 2024. 

We’ll announce all successful applicants from 1 July 2023.

Apply for funding now

The opening of this year’s Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme to environmental and sustainability initiatives follows Council’s adoption of its Grants, Donations and Sponsorships Policy(PDF, 401KB) on 16 November 2022. This policy provides a framework on how Council proposes to manage future grants, donations and sponsorships for the benefit of communities across our Shire. 

If you need assistance filling out your application, or would like further information, please contact Council’s Manager of Environment and Sustainability Barry Arthur by phone on (02) 4868 0888 or by email at


Presentation of Grants recipients

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme applications for 2023/2024 open on 1 March 2023 and close on the 14 April 2023

Submissions can be made online via SmartyGrants:

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Information on the Scheme

The Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme (CAS) encourages the development of community initiatives in line with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Wingecarribee 2031.

All goals and strategies from the plan seek to attain an outcome that is sustainable and strives for equity, access and equal rights, particularly for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

The Community Assistance Scheme aims to build capacity, encourage participation and support initiatives that promote partnerships and working together to maintain our community and its assets. 

Under the scheme two types of funding are available, Community Assistance Scheme Donations up to $600, Community Assistance Scheme Grants up to $7,000.

Applications for the previous 2023 scheme opened on 6 December 2022 and closed on 13 January 2023. All funds will need to be spent by the 30 June 2023 and an announcement of successful applicants was made at the 15 February 2023 Ordinary Meeting of Council. A list of successful applicants can be found by visiting the below link:

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme 2022-2023(PDF, 170KB)

Supporting documents

For further information on the scheme, please read through the guidelines below:  

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme Guidelines(PDF, 329KB) - please note, the closing date is now 14 April, not 7 April 2023.

Community Strategic Plan - Wingecarribee 2031

Previous years' grant recipients

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme 2021 - 2022(PDF, 91KB)

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme 2020 - 2021(PDF, 167KB)

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme 2019 - 2020(PDF, 108KB)

Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme 2018 - 2019(PDF, 239KB)


Other funding opportunities for community groups


ClubGrants Category 1 provides funding for specific community welfare and social services, community development, health services and employment assistance activities; and other projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people. 

The local priorities for this funding are older people, young people, children and social disadvantage.

Our local priorities are:

  • Older people
  • Children
  • Young people 
  • Socially disadvantaged people

Wingecarribee ClubGRANTS 2021 recipients(PDF, 74KB)

To find out more please visit

Veolia Mulwaree Trust 2023 Grants and Donations Program

There are a number of grant funding opportunities in 2023, including funding for community projects and scholarships.

The second round of the Veolia Mulwaree Trust community project funding program will open on Monday 1 May 2023, with applications closing on Thursday 1 June 2023.

Two funding programs will be available:

  • The donation program for small projects, valued at $1,000 and under; and
  • The grant program, for projects valued at over $1,000.
Grants (for community projects over $1,000)

Grant applications may cover a wide range of projects undertaken by not-for-profit community organisations which comply with the Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s community grants guidelines.   

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the Trust’s funding guidelines carefully. Before starting an application, confirm that your organisation is located within an area eligible to apply to the Trust by checking this map.

Organisations are encouraged to view the Trust’s recently funded projects as a guide to the types of projects which may be successful. Checking these frequently asked questions will also assist prospective applicants. For enquiries relating to the Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s funding programs please contact the office on (02) 4822 2786.

Donations (for small projects up to $1,000)

Eligible organisations may apply for a Veolia Mulwaree Trust donation of up to $1,000 for small community-based projects by completing a donation application form.

2023 Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship Program 

The Veolia Mulwaree Trust funds annual scholarships to local creative artists to assist in making or completing a body of work, or to undertake a program of arts study. Applications to the 2023 program closed on Wednesday 8 March 2023. Veolia will run this program again in 2024, with information available at the end of this year.

2023 Veolia Mulwaree Trust Academic Scholarships

Residents undertaking tertiary study in 2023 and from one of the seven local government areas supported by the Veolia Mulwaree Trust are eligible to apply for a Veolia Mulwaree Trust scholarship.

To be eligible you need to reside in, or have completed your secondary schooling in one of these local government areas: Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan, Oberon, Former Palerang, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly or Shoalhaven. To apply for a 2023 scholarship, check the university or TAFE websites above for guidelines and application forms.

Scholarships of up to $3000 are available to assist students undertaking tertiary education at the following institutions:

To apply for a 2023 scholarship, check the university or TAFE websites above for guidelines and application forms.

Read more and apply online

For further information please contact the Veolia Mulwaree Trust office on (02) 4822 2786.

Grant Funding Finder

Wingecarribee Shire Council has subscribed to Grant Funding Finder through a licensing agreement with Regional Development Australia Southern Inland.

Grant Funding Finder is a customised portal for unlimited users and is a database of all grants available in our designated geographic area.

Search the Grant Funding Finder portal 

Heritage grants

The Wingecarribee Heritage Assistance Grants are offered annually by Council for works to heritage listed buildings, draft or proposed heritage items and period buildings within heritage conservation areas. Funding rounds are generally called in the second quarter of the calendar year.

Further information can be found by visiting Council's Heritage Assistance Grants webpage.