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 Thursday 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 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'. 

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



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: