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 work with residents and other community groups to 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 can help  community groups, especially those who rely on volunteer support and receive no other government funding. 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 2021-22 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.

The 2020-21 Planned Component opens at 9am on 31 May and closes at 5pm on Monday 5 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 Claire Galvin – Community Capacity Officer on 4732 8081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you received funding in 2020-21, please complete your online acquittal form. Use the login details from your application and then click on 'My Submissions'. 

Want to know more?

Council is holding an information session on the Community Assistance Program and Magnetic Places grants on Tuesday 1 June and a grant writing workshop on Tuesday 15 June.

To find out more about the grant information session go to

To find out more about, or a book a place at, the grant writing workshop go to

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 2021 Category 1 funding round opens on Monday 29 March 2021 and closes on Friday 3 May 2021.

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 2021 ClubGRANTS applications, please contact Penrith Council Community Capacity Officer, Claire Galvin on 0437 127 299 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: