Grants available for local community groups

Grants available for local community groups

Monday, 27 May 2019

Council is inviting local non-profit organisations and community groups to apply for small grants through the annual Community Assistance Program (CAP) to deliver activities, events or projects that strengthen the community, address community needs and improve opportunities for participation in Penrith City.

Applications for the 2019-20 CAP grants open 9am Friday 7 June and close at 3pm on Monday 8 July 2019.

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said that the program’s 25 years of success can be attributed to the hundreds of local community organisations and groups who volunteer their time to run activities and projects that benefit local residents.

“Council has always been proud of the impact the program has each year,” Cr Fowler said. “The impact of CAP grants over 25 years is something we’re very proud of, and we are pleased to be able to again offer financial support to community groups, recognising their valuable contribution to our City.”

In 2018-19 Council contributed $30,000 through the program which funded 37 separate projects benefitting children, young people, seniors, people with disability and residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. They include:

  • Believe Support Connect – a support group for women experiencing abuse to build self-esteem, belonging and wellbeing
  • Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services – community outreach to connect isolated community members to services and build social connections
  • Paying it Forward Homelessness Services – emergency relief for Penrith’s homeless patrons and rough sleepers in extreme summer weather
  • Police Citizens Youth Club Penrith – sport, incidental education and mentoring to encourage disengaged and at-risk young people to connect with the police and the community
  • St Clair and District Men’s Shed – first aid training for shed volunteers to ensure first aid is available for all members attending the shed
  • Sunnyfield – music equipment for the free weekly music program in St Marys for clients with intellectual disability

For more information on the Community Assistance Program, visit the Grants page or contact Council on 4732 8532 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications need to be submitted online at

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 27 May 2019.