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Social Inclusion Grants support activities that strengthen our diverse communities by increasing connection, social inclusion, and access for the most vulnerable in the community.

Our Grants are highly competitive. The Grant Funding Round is open in May each year.

Supporting Documentation:

Not sure which funding is right for you?

If you require assistance please email or call 02 4974 2000 and you will be put in contact with a staff member who can help with your enquiry.

The Social Inclusion Grant Program is currently closed.

Social Inclusion Grant summarised

To support activities that strengthen our diverse communities by increasing connection, social inclusion, and access for the most vulnerable in the community. 


Crisis / Emergency Accommodation

Projects and initiatives aimed to reduce imminent or existing homelessness and acute housing stress.  Eg prevention measures, targeted brokerage, awareness and education, data capture, infrastructure which support rough sleepers and community sector collaboration initiatives which aim to advance the sectors capacity to respond to homelessness and risk of homelessness.

Newly Vulnerable Communities

Projects and initiatives that support belonging, connection and inclusion to newly vulnerable communities eg newly arrived refugees and people who have or are experiencing disadvantage or trauma from pandemic or other incidents within Newcastle.

Western Suburbs of Newcastle

Projects or initiatives which support communities in the Western suburbs of Newcastle to connect and engage, build social cohesion and resilience, activate community places and spaces, reduce social isolation and/or address local social issues. The Western suburbs of Newcastle include: Birmingham Gardens, Callaghan, Elermore Vale, Fletcher, Jesmond, Maryland, Minmi, Shortland, Wallsend.

Reconciliation and Community Cohesion

Projects and initiatives that acknowledge and celebrate the Awabakal and Worimi peoples’ living culture, contribute to reconciliation and trust building, community cohesion and belonging and/or champion inclusion across our communities so that everyone is supported, valued and respected.

Round opens: 2 May 2022 at 9am (AEST) 

Round Closes: 30 May 2022 at 4pm (AEST) 

$4,000 - $20,000 (ex GST) 

$240,000 (ex GST)

*For all streams of Community Grants excluding Quick Response Grants (ie Arts, Culture and Heritage; Social Inclusion; and Environment)

  • Legally constituted not-for-profit organisations  

Outreach programs, assisted community living, pop-up pantry/food services, translation/language services.

  1. View the 'Grant and Sponsorship Programs - Which should I apply for? Flowchart' (PDF) to determine which Grant Program is best for you. 
  2. Read the Community Grants Policy (PDF) and the Community Grants Guidelines (PDF). 
  3. Apply through CN’s online funding portal.  

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