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City of Charles Sturt Grants

The City of Charles Sturt provides funding through a number of distinct funding programs. Council undertook a review of their grant funding, (focusing primarily on DWA and the Community Benefit Donation Program), resulting in the merging of some of the funding categories to provide a more equitable and streamlined system in the distribution of those funds.

All categories of funding require successful applicants to sign an agreement to acquit the funds with copies of receipts and a brief report on the outcomes within 30 days.


Under 18’s Sports Program

Youth Sports funding is available throughout the year. Applicants must be residents of the City of Charles Sturt; where there are more than 10 eligible applicants from the one team, a cap of funding will apply. Please read the guidelines and eligibility requirements. Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the competition- retrospective applications are not eligible.

Under 18s Sports Program Guidelines (144 kb)

Under 18's Sports Program Policy (100 kb)

 Under 18's Sports Program - Application Form - Online

Business Grants

State and Federal Government grants are available to support local businesses to improve productivity,  competitiveness and create jobs.

For further information

Community Green Buildings Grant

The City of Charles Sturt, with funding assistance from the Australian Government, has implemented a number of energy saving initiatives at the Civic Centre Complex (Woodville) through the Kill Bills Project. Savings from the Kills Bills project will be reinvested back into the community through establishment of the Community Green Buildings Grant. These grants aim to help not-for-profit sporting clubs and groups reduce their energy bills and costs.

Are you a not-for-profit, incorporated sporting club or community group, leasing a Council-owned building?

For further information

DWA (Discretionary Ward Allowance)

The Discretionary Ward Allowance (DWA) provides each of the eight council wards with grant funds of up to $34,500 excluding GST, per ward, per financial year.  The funds are intended to assist eligible applicants with funding for programs, events, activities and minor equipment purchases which support Council’s identified community priorities in its Community Plan.

The DWA grant program is intended to create sustainable initiatives rather than building financial dependency and, as such, is not intended to be a recurring funding source.  The DWA grant program shall support the initial delivery of new activities or provide one-off financial assistance for an expense that aims to benefit the community, and which the applicant is not able to self-fund.  The same project can only be funded for a maximum of three years in any four-year period.

Funding in one year does not guarantee funding in following years.  Depending upon budget availability, preference may be given to applicants that have not received previous funding from Council.

For more information and to apply

Grants - Main Street Trader Funding

Main Street Trader Funding

The Main Street Trader Support program provides funding to enable business associations and small groups of businesses to deliver programs and activities that contribute to the promotion, activation and development of main streets and retail services centres.
Applications for support can include marketing campaigns, activations and events and precinct improvements.

For further information and guidelines



Heritage Conservation Grants

Owners of recognised Local Heritage Places in the City of Charles Sturt are able to apply for funding to assist them to undertake conservation or restoration works to their properties. Grants of up to 50% of the cost of specified conservation work, to a maximum amount of $2000, are available. Eligible work includes structural repairs, repointing or repair of stonework, and reinstatement of original features.

For further information and an application form

Hindmarsh Town Mission Education Scholarship

The Hindmarsh Town Mission Education Scholarship Program opens for applications on 1 December and closes on the last day in February each year.  Amounts of between $100-$400 are available for students of all ages who live in the Hindmarsh Ward of Council and need assistance with study costs such as enrolment fees, course material and uniforms.

Funding Available:

  • Applications Open 1 December
  • Applications Close last Day of February each year

For further information contact Administrative Assistant on 8408 1274.

Hindmarsh Town Mission Education Scholarship Program Guidelines (168 kb)

Hindmarsh Town Mission Education Scholarship Program Application Form (160 kb)

Hindmarsh Ward

The Place Makers Business Attraction & Improvement Fund (BAIF) is provided to improve precinct amenity and stimulate local business activity. Contributing to Charles Sturt’s vision for place making, Port Road, Hindmarsh has been identified as the priority focus area of the BAIF.

For further information and guidelines

Westside Place Makers Grant Program

Westside Place Makers is a grant program which funds projects in Charles Sturt’s public spaces that:

  • contribute to the Council’s vision for place making;
  • can be easily implemented, and;
  • have high impact.

By providing grants, Charles Sturt is turning the transformation of public spaces over to the community – the residents, visitors and businesses who know their streets, parks, laneways, footpaths and other areas intimately. It is a chance for local people to lead the change they want to see in their local area.

For further information and guidelines

Non-Council Grants

In addition to grants that are administered by the City of Charles Sturt, individuals, community groups and businesses may be eligible to apply for grants and funding opportunities from other sources, including the State Government, Commonwealth Government, private businesses and philanthropic donors (including trusts and foundations). 

For further information

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