Many community grants are funded and/or administered by Council as part of our community and cultural development work - contact 4732 7838. If you're a community group in the Penrith area needing advice or endorsement from Council for a submission to a non Council-funded program call 4732 7777

Council’s annual Community Assistance Program (CAP) offers grants of up to $1,500 for local non-profit community groups to use toward projects that strengthen the community, address community needs and improve opportunities for participation in Penrith City.

Focused on supporting local non-profit community groups to meet community needs, CAP is a great opportunity for local volunteering and community groups to receive help in getting their worthwhile ideas off the ground.

Community groups can use CAP to:

  • Connect to their local community 
  • Deliver programs differently 
  • Expand or adapt their services for new and growing needs 
  • Purchase resources 
  • Develop their skills 

Projects are prioritised according to the eligibility and assessment criteria set out in the 2022-23 Community Assistance Program Guidelines & FAQ

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • be delivered by community based non-profit organisations
  • be one off activities (suitable for one off funding)
  • be of direct benefit to Penrith City residents
  • encourage participation by Penrith City residents, including disadvantaged community members (in line with Council's Access and Equity Principles).

Please note, funding cannot be used to achieve the core responsibilities of an existing Government funded program.

Information sessions

Tuesday 14 June: 10-11:30am - Register now 

Wednesday 15 June: 6-7:30pm - Register now


The 2022-23 Planned Component opens at 9am on 30 May and closes at 5pm on Friday 8 July 2021.

Applications are made through the SmartyGrants online portal at

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A total of 40 projects were funded by CAP 2020-21 Planned Component - click here to see the list of recipients

For more information on the Community Assistance Program contact Community Capacity Officer, Natalie Wadwell on 4732 7513 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heritage Grants

Council provides grants to help protect and boost the valuable cultural heritage in Penrith. These grants help owners, renters and not-for-profit organisations to repair and maintain heritage listed properties, homes and locations across the City. Find out more information on the Heritage Conversation page.

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Council is calling for Australian artists to apply for the 2021 Magnetic Places grants program that aims to bring residents together, in new ways, to transform how they see and feel about the places they live.

Across 13 years, Magnetic Places has produced 99 creative projects, transforming places in local communities living with disadvantage, and championing collaboration and culture.

Through the program, thousands of residents living in priority areas have contributed their energy and imagination to transformative projects led by professional artists and community service organisations.

In 2020, Magnetic Places successfully provided residents with COVID safe access to creative activities including six art activations in Coachmans Park, St Marys.

Suitable applicants can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 to deliver an arts project that:

  • engages residents to have positive experiences of where they live
  • uses successful alternatives to in person participation to comply with social distancing requirements
  • produces a public outcome than can be experienced in the St Marys town centre
  • provides a free-of-charge event or activity
  • involves different people in the community including, those experiencing ongoing social isolation
  • engages with residents living in one or more of these neighbourhoods: Cambridge Park, Colyton, Cranebrook, Kingswood, Kingswood Park, Llandilo, Londonderry, North St Marys, Oxley Park, Penrith (suburb), St Marys, Werrington.

Council also welcomes collaborations with local organisations and groups.

Download grants guidelines

Grants open: 9am Monday 31 May 2021
Grants close: 5pm Monday 5 July 2021

Apply via our SmartyGrants page

Talk to us
An important part of the application process is to discuss your idea with our project team. We can:
• provide advice on eligibility and ideas
• connect you with local services and / or communities
• advise on community profiles and previous activities.

Contact Cultural Engagement Officer, Donita Hulme, via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 4732 7809.

Club Grants



Penrith LGA Category 1 ClubGRANTS is a community development funding program sponsored by local Registered Clubs and coordinated by Penrith City Council. This scheme enables registered clubs with an annual gaming machine revenue exceeding $1 million to apply 1.85% of their gaming machine revenue to specific community development and support projects.

The 2022 Category 1 funding round opens on Monday 16 May 2022 and closes on Friday 17 June 2022. 

Details on how the ClubGRANTS program operates can be found at the ClubsNSW website:

Applications must be submitted via the online ClubGRANTS system

For further information or support for 2022 ClubGRANTS applications, please contact Community Capacity Officer, Michael Laing on 4732 7405 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For non-council grant programs and further advice on applying for grants, please see the below sites: