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 $1,200 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 to adapt to current challenges. Community groups can use CAP to:

  • Stay connected and deliver programs differently
  • Expand or adapt their services for new and growing needs
  • Purchase resources or develop their skills

Projects are prioritised according to the eligibility and assessment criteria set out in the 2020-21 Community Assistance Program Guidelines & FAQ (pdf 600 KB)

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).

The 2020-21 Planned Component round closed on 26 May 2020.a4 cap collage

Congratulations to the recipients! 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 Casey Holtom on 4732 8532 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you received funding in 2019-20, please complete your online acquittal form. Use the login details from your application and then click on 'My Submissions'.

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 has reimagined the annual Magnetic Places Grants program in 2020 to support innovative alternatives to in-person participation during these changing times of social distancing. 

Grants for Australian artists are now available for exciting projects that bring local residents together, in new ways, to transform how people see and feel about the places where they live.

Over the past 12 years, Magnetic Places has funded over 93 creative collaborative projects that have transformed local public spaces in communities living with disadvantage. 

We are encouraging suitable applicants to apply for up to $10,000 to deliver an arts project that transforms how people see and feel about where they live by using successful alternatives to in person participation.

Your Magnetic Places project will:

  • deliver an arts project that connects with people to transform how they see and feel about where they live
  • use successful alternatives to in person participation
  • involve different people in the community including those experiencing ongoing social isolation 
  • engage specifically with people who live 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.  
  • provide free-of-charge events and activities.

Download grants guidelines 

Applications have now closed.  

Talk to us

Discussing your project idea with Council officers is an important part of the application process.

We can:

  • provide advice on eligibility and project ideas
  • link you to local services or communities
  • advise on community profiles and previous activities.

Donita Hulme, Cultural Engagement OfficerEmail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 4732 7809 
John Le, Creative Projects Officer (Graduate)Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 4732 8664

Club Grants



Following the Prime Minister’s advice to close registered clubs across NSW from midday, Monday 23 March 2020, the Penrith Local Government Area ClubGRANTS Committee will not be proceeding with the 2020 Category 1 funding round. As a result, the application process is closed and no applications will be considered. During these difficult times we appreciate your understanding and will advise of the opening of the 2021 ClubGRANTS Category 1 funding round.

For any questions please contact Penrith Council’s Community Projects Officer Vesna Kapetanovic on 4732 7771 orThis 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: