Community grants and sponsorship

Community sponsorship Innovative Solutions Grant Fund Tweed ClubGRANTS

Council provides a range of support and resources to community groups and organisations that provide social, cultural and economic opportunities enabling healthy, safer and more inclusive communities as identified in the Community Strategic Plan 2022-2032(PDF, 7MB)


Tweed Shire Council Community Sponsorship

Council’s Community Sponsorship Policy(PDF, 84KB) aims to provide financial assistance to local community groups and organisations for activities and projects that contribute to community life, respond to local needs and issues, and benefit the health and wellbeing of Tweed Shire residents.

Recipients for Tweeds Community Sponsorship 2020

Mem's Soul Food Productions Inc.

Grant amount: $7,200

Mems Soul Food Murwillumbah-based organisation, Mem’s Soul Food (MSF) helps girls develop value life skills through a range of activities such as cooking, culture, music, wellbeing, health, nutrition, beauty and focuses on the participants finding their passions, purpose and targets in life.

MSF Founder and Creative Director Mem Hockley said good mental health and wellbeing are important so that people can reach their goals for physical health, education, employment and relationships.

“They are essential building blocks for a happy and successful life, a thriving community and a healthy economy,” she said.

“Our program promotes both physical and mental health. It provides knowledge, understanding, tools and skills for girls to teach them how to live a healthy and active life.”

The MSF program creates inclusive communities.

The core focus of the program is mentoring with guest speakers from several spheres in society which will give girls a better understanding of a larger world outside of their current one, introducing them to opportunities for an alternative future.

Mems Soul Food  

“We will connect interested participants with long-term mentors through our sister organisation, Rainbow Warriors women in business group,” Mem said.

Participants will “visit” a different country each week, experiencing cuisine from different cultures and learning new culinary techniques. Our facilitator will encourage discussion about each country, exploring differences and similarities. This will enable participants to develop an understanding and connection to cultures other than their own.

Participants will improve their work readiness by educating the girls as to how best to present themselves for work and employability.

The next Mem's Soul Food Tweed Shire program will continue to run in 2020 with the next group commencing in Term 4.

Social distancing measures and COVID-19 Safety Plan will be followed throughout all the program activities.

Blind & Vision Impaired Support Group NSW Far North Coast Inc.

Grant amount: $1,500

The group takes vision impaired people in the Tweed out for lunch twice a month. This provides social interaction and connections as well as support. Because of difficulties encountered when using a bus, the organisation transports participants in their own vehicles.

Email |Phone Chris Johnstone on 07 5633 3700

Cabarita Boardriders Club Inc.

Grant amount: $4,000

The Boardriders want to mark the recognition of Cabarita Beach/ Bogangar as a Surfing Reserve with the installation of two monuments featuring bronze plaques acknowledging the significance of the surf breaks. The club also wants to install surfing etiquette signs to reduce ‘surf rage’ incidents and produce a booklet about the surfing reserve.

Tweed, Byron & Ballina Community Transport Inc.

Grant amount: $3,690

Financial assistance will go towards a six month trial providing monthly men’s social outings. Participants will be picked up from their homes, visiting places of interest and socialising over lunch. In addition to the bus driver, there will be an attendant to ensure the comfort and safety of all.

Tweed Theatre Company Incorporated

Grant amount: $1,500

The Tweed Theatre Company will use the funding for both public liability and volunteer workers insurance - vital for ensuring the show goes on. The company will also look to upgrade their personal sound equipment such as headsets and/or power packs.

Tweed Valley Rural & Community Advancement Co-operative Ltd

Grant amount: $9,000

The Co-operative runs the Murwillumbah Community Garden Project. Through the community garden practices, the Co-op will promote sustainable living, incorporate schools with education classes and develop programs to benefit the community. They also aim to provide greater access for those with disabilities.

Tweed Valley Woodcraft Association Inc.

Grant amount: $2,000

Funds will go towards providing a life-saving automated defibrillation unit which will be installed at the Association’s Murwillumbah clubhouse at the showgrounds in case of a cardiac emergency.

The workshop is now open from 8am to 3pm on Mondays and Fridays and all members must adhere to the Club’s COVID-19 management plan.

Phone 02 6672 1022

Tyalgum Community Hall Association Inc.

Grant amount: $3,635

The Association aims to improve the amenity of the meeting rooms in the Tyalgum Community Hall with the installation of a reverse-cycle air conditioning unit.

Phone 0406 961 164

Tyalgum District Community Association Inc.

Grant amount: $1,835

The Association’s first aid training program will involve a one day accredited training workshop providing 15 Tyalgum district locals with instruction on first aid including the use of defibrillators.

Mic Julien, President| Phone 0466 630 050 | Email:

Rebecca McGuren, Secretary | Phone 0400 236 105 | Email:

Young Farmers Connect Inc.

Grant amount: $5,600

The Young Farmers Connect provides educational and community connections aimed at fostering the next generation of farmers on the Tweed and Northern Rivers. This is done through field days, held bi-monthly, providing a platform for young farmers to connect socially and commercially and network knowledge and skills.

With greater interaction through seminars and training programs, Young Farmers Connect also aims to provide support programs including low interest loans, legal support and mentoring across a broad range of agricultural industries.

Innovative Solutions Grant Fund

Launched in 2018, the grant program encourages and supports individuals, organisations and community groups to develop new, creative and innovative solutions to sustainability challenges facing the Tweed.

  • Water demand management - maximum $15,000
  • Waste management - maximum $15,000
  • Sustainable agriculture - maximum $10,000
  • Wastewater management - maximum $10,000
  • Biodiversity - maximum $5,000
  • River health - maximum $5,000

Sustainability grants

Innovative Solutions eligibility & 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

Individual application limits for sustainable agriculture, river health and biodiversity will apply in accordance with the requirements of those grants.

Applications can be made at any time and are assessed 4 times a year, so get those creative and innovative ideas in to become part of the solution!

Apply now for the Environmental Innovation Challenge(PDF, 106KB)

Tweed ClubGRANTS

The Tweed ClubGRANTS Scheme is inviting local non-profit community groups to apply for funding under the Tweed ClubGRANTS Scheme.

ClubGRANTS application process

What is ClubGRANTS?

ClubGRANTS is a state-wide initiative that encourages local clubs with gaming machine profits over $1 million to contribute towards the provision of front-line projects, programs and services that assist disadvantaged groups and residents in their local area.

The Tweed ClubGRANTS Scheme is administered on behalf of the following local clubs:

  • Cabarita Beach Bowls Club
  • Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club
  • Murwillumbah Services Club
  • Pottsville Beach Sports Club
  • Seagulls Club
  • South Tweed Sports Club
  • Tweed Heads Bowls Club
  • Twin Towns Group

Who can apply?

Local non-profit community groups and organisations can apply for funding under the following Category 1 sub-categories:

  • Community welfare and social services
  • Community development
  • Community health services
  • Employment assistance services

The ClubGRANTS application process

There is no restriction on the number of applications a group or organisation can submit. Applications are submitted online. Visit or information on your local grants, how to apply and when to apply.

All applications are assessed by the Tweed ClubGRANTS Committee with recommendations for funding made to the Management Boards of the contributing clubs.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their project, program or service will address the Local Area Priorities that have been identified by the Tweed Committee.

Applicants are encouraged to attach supporting documentation, including quotes, to their application.

Need help with your application?

If you would like to discuss your application proposal, or require clarification about the process, please contact your local Tweed Clubs Manager.

More about ClubGRANTS

Further information on ClubGRANTS is available by visiting the ClubGrants or ClubsNSW websites or by contacting your local Tweed Clubs Manager.