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Council Community Sponsorship

Tweed Shire Council provides a range of support and resources, both financial and in-kind to local community groups and organisations. This support is for activities and projects that benefit the health and wellbeing of Tweed Shire residents. The sponsorship agreement acknowledges the contribution Council makes to local community groups and organisations that contribute to community life in the Tweed Shire and respond to local needs and issues.

Priority is given to the objectives identified by the community in the Community Strategic Plan (2017-2027). The most relevant goal within the Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 is:

"Provide social, cultural and economic opportunities enabling healthy, safer and more inclusive communities"

The Council Community Sponsorship Round 2018 – 2019 was open from 7 November 2018 and closed on 24 January 2019.

Council Community Sponsorship Round 2017-2018

2017-2018 Community Sponsorship Recipients2017-2018 Community Sponsorship Recipients

Twelve community organisations were awarded over $40,000 in Council’s Community Sponsorship Policy grants at an official morning tea at Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre in June 2018.

Councillors including Mayor Katie Milne, Cr Pryce Allsop and Cr Ron Cooper joined Council staff and representatives of each successful organisation at a morning tea to officially award the grants.

Funded projects included a vocational education/employment program targeted at disengaged youth, the re-establishment of the community Food Pantry in Murwillumbah and Australian Lifesaving Boat Emergency Rescue Training.

Download the Community Sponsorship Policy Recipients (71kB PDF) to see all the recipients and summaries of their projects.

Innovative Solutions Grant Fund

Council launched the Innovative Solutions Grant Fund on Saturday 15 September 2018.

The purpose of this Grant Program is to encourage and support individuals, organisations and community groups to develop new, creative and innovative solutions to a range of current sustainability challenges facing Tweed Shire.

The categories under which funding is available are:

  • Water Demand Management - maximum $15,000
  • Waste Management - maximum $15,000
  • Sustainable Agriculture - maximum $10,000
  • Wastewater Management - maximum $10,000
  • River Health - maximum $5,000
  • Biodiversity - maximum $5,000

Individual application limits for the categories of Sustainable Agriculture, River Health and Biodiversity will apply in accordance with the requirements of those grants.

Eligibility and grant requirements

To be eligible for Innovative Solutions Grant Program funding applications need to address the following:

  • A short project plan including scope, objectives, time frame, key deliverables, budget and sources of funding and in-kind contributions and how the outcomes will be communicated to the target audience.
  • Specify under which Grant category the application is made:
    • Water Demand Management.
    • Waste Management.
    • Sustainable Agriculture.
    • Wastewater Management.
    • River Health.
    • Biodiversity.
  • Letters of support will need to be provided to verify any agreed partnerships, other investors and in-kind contributions.
  • The individual, organisation or community group submitting the application must reside in or have their main office in Tweed Shire.
  • The project or initiative must operate within and provide outcomes for the Tweed.
  • The applicant will need to satisfy the reporting requirements for the acquittal of Council funding.

Environmental Innovation Challenge Application Form (106kB PDF)

Applications can be made at any time and are assessed four times a year. So get those creative and innovative ideas in to become part of the solution!

Festivals and Events Funding Assistance

For further information see Events, Markets and Festivals


Through the ClubGRANTS scheme, NSW Clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue are encouraged to provide funding for specific local community priorities such as community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities. In return, they receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions for their club. Council's Project Officer-Capacity Building represents Council at Tweed ClubGRANTS committee meetings, provides assessment and recommendations to the Committee and offers project development support and assistance to applicants.

For more information about the scheme, guidelines and funding categories, please visit ClubsNSW ClubGRANTS information for applicants (external link).

The Tweed ClubGRANTS Category 1 Funding Round is currently closed. Applications for the 2019/20 round will open 2 April 2020 and close 30 June 2020. A link to apply for funding will be available at this page when the application round opens.

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