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.

ADVICE AS AT 19 MARCH 2020: We continue to follow advice provided by the NSW and Australian Governments regarding public events and mass gatherings. Council has decided to adopt a precautionary approach in relation to its community events program. In the interests of the welfare of both our staff and our community, the grant workshops outlined below have been postponed.

Council is hosting three free workshops for interested grant applicants to learn more about grants.  

Bookings are required for each session.

Limited spaces are available. The online form will be available for download and registration when registrations are open. 

If you have any trouble registering online, please call Rebecca on 4732 8368 or email a copy of your form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshops and sessions details:

  • Grant Information Workshop, Thursday 19 March 2020

Want to learn more about Council grants? Register for the FREE Grant Information Workshop.

This is a great opportunity for you to learn about eligibility requirements, guidelines, examples of suitable projects, and the types of Council grants available to you, as well as how much you can apply for and when to apply. The session will cover the following grants: Community Assistance Program, Magnetic Places, ClubGRANTS NSW, Youth Week, Request to Waive Hire Fees, Travel Assistance and Heritage Assistance. Council grant officers will also be in attendance to answer any of your questions about the specific grants available.

Session 1: 10am-11.30am

Please note the 6pm-7pm session has been cancelled.

  • Grant Writing Workshop, Wednesday 25 March 2020 - POSTPONED

Want to learn more about how to write a grant application? Register for the FREE Grant Writing Workshop.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in applying for a grant to come along and learn what makes a good grant application. Already have experience writing grant applications? Come along and learn how you can develop your application writing skills to improve your chances of being successful.

Session 1: 9.30am-11.30am OR
Session 2: 5.30pm-7.30pm

Note: Please bring a project idea in mind to workshop.

  • Empowering Community Groups to Access Funding Workshop, Thursday 2 April 2020 - POSTPONED

Do you need legal status so you can apply for a grant? Have you ever needed insurance for your project? Register for the FREE Empowering Community Groups to Access Funding Workshop.

This is a great opportunity to learn about how you can get funding and gain insurance through auspicing and incorporation. The workshop has a specific focus on identifying the processes of auspicing and incorporation, defining what these terms really mean for you, and outline what’s required if you want to access them.

Session 1: 9.30am-11.30am

Workshops will be held at Penrith Library Theatrette.

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.

The 2020-21 Planned Component round opens at 9am on Monday 4 May and closes at 3pm Thursday 11 June 2020.

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'.

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).

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..

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.

Community placemaking grants are available each year for projects that bring people together to transform their local public spaces through artistic activity and new social connections.

The next round will open mid-2020.

Watch past project videos on YouTube:

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: