Community Funding and Support

The City of Newcastle is providing funding for existing service providers to cope with increased urgency and demand, as well as information on community services and support Newcastle programs.

Currently open

Event Sponsorship Program 

Targeted at events that will support the community, boost the local economy, and attract overnight visitation. Categories are for community, major community, business, commercial, mega and destination events. 
Program Budget: $280,000 
Funding amount: Max $20,000 per program 

Boost Arts and Culture Grant Program

Pivoted Council Support for Arts and Cultural Organisations program designed to support the local cultural industries sector by stimulating professional engagement and presentation of work. The program has two streams: 

  • Artist fees Stream: Professional artist engagement (contractors) (For profits and NFP). 
  • Project Stream: Reviving pre-COVID-19 arts/cultural projects, getting projects back on track, marketing support and limited operational costs (NFP only). 

Program Budget: $150,000 
Funding amount: Artist Fees – Max $3,000 per grant 
Programs – Max $15,000 per grant 

Special Business Rate

Funding for projects aimed at the promotion and development of the City Centre and Darby Street. Categories of focus are industry/business development, place activation/events, beautification/infrastructure development and promotion. Public information sessions will be held on Tuesday 28 July and Thursday 30 July. 
Program Budget: $800,000 
Funding amount: Min $4,000 – Max $500,000 per project

Boost your Place Challenge

Pivoted Community Placemaking Grant with the aim to encourage people to stay connected, create and innovate. 
Program Budget: $60,000 
Funding amount: Max $4,000 per grant 

In the first 30 days of COVID-19 the City of Newcastle committed to a series of rapid response grants to assist local community organisations respond.

Rapid Response Grants - Closed

In the first 30 days of COVID-19 the City of Newcastle committed to a series of rapid response grants to assist local community organisations respond.

Boost Our City Community Sector Grants - Closed 

Boost Our City Community Sector (BOCCS) grants have closed. The City of Newcastle have had a very strong response with many organisations seeking support for the surge in demand for their services to help vulnerable people in the local community during this challenging time.  Thank you to all who have taken the time to submit an application. We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

The BOCCS grant program was established with a budget of $550,000 and open until 30 June 2020 or until the funding had been exhausted. Given the high demand for funding, applications closed 4 May 2020.

We'd also like to remind you there are a number of ways City of Newcastle is supporting the broader community. Please view our Community and Economic Development and Resilience Package to find out more about these programs. We continue to work on identifying ways to support community wellbeing for the duration of COVID-19.

If you wish to discuss the funding round, please call 4974 2000 to speak to an officer who can assist.

Grant Recipients:

Grainery Church

Grainery Church’s grant has contributed to over 500 free meals each week, opening the café 5 days a week, new refrigeration and freezers plus new shelving to store food.


A rapid response grant is helping Awabakal tackle COIVID-19 and chronic disease with healthy meals for Elders, their most vulnerable clients. It’s also meant they’ve kept people employed during the pandemic.


Since COVID-19 BaptistCare have found that the need for their emergency relief care-packs and crisis food hampers has increased considerably. Their grant is helping them continue to provide this support and to be there when anyone reaches out for help.