Update on Council’s Community Funding Program

Council has updated its Community Funding Program to better meet the needs of our community. Based on feedback from the community and a comprehensive review process over November 2023 to February 2024. We have revised our Grant Guidelines and drafted a Community Funding Program.

We invite you to review the draft Policy and Grant Guidelines and tell us what you think. Visit to have your say.

For further information on the Community Funding Program, please contact Social Strategy via email or call (02) 4732 7777.

The Community Assistance Program (CAP) grant will be updated in line with the revised Community Funding Program.

All previously eligible applicants will remain eligible under the updated program.

These updates will not impact current grant recipients who are in the process of implementing their projects.

For information relating directly to the Community Assistance Program (CAP) grant, please contact Community Capacity via email or call (02) 4732 7806.

The Magnetic Places grant will be updated in line with the revised Community Funding Program.

All previously eligible applicants will remain eligible under the updated program.

These updates will not impact current grant recipients who are in the process of implementing their projects.

For information relating directly to the Magnetic Places grant, please Contact Cultural Engagement Officer (Neighbourhood Renewal), John Le via email or call (02) 4732 7511. 

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.

Youth Week Small Grants

National Youth Week 2023 was celebrated between Thursday 20 – Sunday 30 April, 2023. In 2022-2023 six organisations across Penrith City were successful in applying for the Youth Week Small Grants through an Expression of Interest process.

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend live events, have their voices heard on issues of concern, showcase their talents, celebrate their contribution to the community and have fun with peers.

Community groups can use the Youth Week Small Grants to:
• Raise issues and concerns of young people
• Develop strategies to address the issues important to young people
• Increase the community’s awareness of young people and the issues that are important to them
• Promote young people’s contributions to the community
• Demonstrate the involvement of young people in the planning of activities
• Demonstrate access to activities from a broad range of young people.

Projects are prioritised according to the eligibility and assessment criteria set out in the Youth Week 2023 funding form and will be assessed by a panel of young people.
Focus should be made to include young people who may experience disadvantage.

Consider actively including:
• Young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
• Young people living with disability
• Young parents
• Young people that are geographically isolated
• Young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
• Young people disadvantaged by their socio-economic circumstances
• Young people who have left school early or are at risk of leaving school early
• Young women
• Young offenders
• Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied young people.

To be eligible for funding, projects must:
• Be delivered by community based non–profit organisations providing one-off activities including unincorporated groups under auspice arrangements
• 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)
• Take place during NSW Youth Week.

Please note, funding cannot be used to achieve the core responsibilities of an existing Government funded program, be used for fundraising activities, or a previously funded project.
For any additional information or questions, please contact Community Capacity team at 

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 2024 Category 1 funding round opens on Friday 15 March 2024 and closes on Friday 31 May 2024. 

Click here to learn more about how the ClubGRANTS program operates at the ClubsNSW website.

Applications must be submitted via the online ClubGRANTS system

For further information or support for 2024 ClubGRANTS applications, please contact Community Capacity Officer, Michael Laing on 4732 7405 or

To be eligible, applicants must be a not-for-profit organisation with projects that address specific community welfare and social services, community development, health services and employment assistance activities, as well as projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.

To assist in preparing an application, information on priority community needs and priority groups within Penrith City are as follows;

Priority community needs 

  • Strengthening local community connections 
  • Addressing isolation and disadvantage 
  • Providing crisis support 
  • Improving physical and mental health 
  • Increasing community preparedness for disasters  
  • Addressing family violence 
  • Enhancing intercultural connections through creative and cultural expression 
  • Improving sustainability outcomes through community building activities  

Priority groups  

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities 
  • Children 0-12 years old 
  • Young people   
  • Women  
  • People with disability including children, families and carers  
  • Older people  
  • Gender and sexually diverse community members 

Consideration will be given to: 

  1. How effectively the proposed application addresses priority social needs of Penrith City residents 
  2. The expected outcomes and beneficiaries 

Participating Clubs in the Penrith area include: 

  • Emu Plains Sports Club  
  • Henrys Sports Club  
  • Kingswood Sports Club  
  • Nepean Rowers Club  
  • Penrith Bowling and Recreation Club  
  • Penrith RSL  
  • Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club  
  • Penrith Gaels Club  
  • St. Marys Diggers and Band Club  
  • St. Marys Rugby League Club  
  • Penrith Golf Club

If you have any questions please contact Michael Laing, Community Capacity Officer on or at 02 4732 7405.

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