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Donations and grants

 135 Byng St, Orange
 02 6393 8000
 [email protected]

Are you looking for financial assistance from Orange City Council?

Each year, Orange City Council asks for applications from community groups who want to access Council’s financial assistance program. The aim of the program is to provide financial assistance to community groups who provide direct benefit to the community.

The value of the financial assistance program is now close to $200,000 as it now includes support for items such as :

  • sports participants/representation
  • sports facility partnership program
  • small donations (projects, equipment purchase or providing community service)
  • small donations (school annual prize giving for Year 12 and other prize giving)
  • small donations (community events not being major event sponsorship)
  • small donations (school students selected to represent Orange at a National event or at an overseas event)
  • heritage grants
  • major event sponsorship

Donations and grants policy

The donations and grants policy includes guidelines on how to make an application for donations/financial support. Some donation types are only considered once a year. Others are considered once a quarter. You can find more information in Council’s Donations & Grants policy.

Funding is not available retrospectively (for activities that have already happened).

Being successful with a grant application in one year doesn’t lead automatically to recurrent funding in following years. Organisation must make a fresh applications in each future year, if ongoing funding is required.

Heritage Assistance Fund

You can find more information about heritage grants here. 

Sports Facility Partnership Program

Orange City Council wants to help local sporting clubs improve local sporting facilities. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit sporting organisations who can demonstrate that through the provision of funding they will meet the objectives of the program as detailed below:

  • Improve sporting and recreational facilities for local sporting organisations and the local community.
  • To create partnerships between Council and sporting groups in the development of sport and recreation facilities in the City.
  • Improve opportunities for local sporting organisations to host major sporting events.
  • Improve resources available to local sporting organisations.
  • To enhance the long term sustainability of the sport.

Funding for activities, special events and sports equipment (bats, balls, uniforms, etc) will not be considered under this program. Individual grants to a maximum of $15,000 are available on a dollar-for-dollar basis with in-kind support and voluntary labour considered as part of an applicant’s contribution.

You can find more information and the application form here:

Sports Facility Partnership Program Application 2022-2023

To make an application, download this form, complete your details (on screen) and email it to :

[email protected]

or print the completed form and and mail it to:

Donations & Grants

Orange City Council

PO Box 35


The deadline for applications for the 2022/2023 sports grants program is Friday 5 August 2022.

Tips – applying for support

As part of the application process, there is a focus on identifying the local benefit the event/project will bring to the Orange community. For this reason, applicants need to specify which strategy their project aligns to in Orange City Council’s Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan can be found on this page.

In some of the application forms, there is also a section for applicants to identify which local businesses they will use – so Council can try to track the broader benefit and impact of this program.

You can find more information in Council’s Donations and Grants Policy. 

Application forms

File Comments
Small DonationsSmall Donations will be considered by Council in July, September, December, March and April each year. Applications may be considered in other months in extraordinary cases only.

In each financial year, applications are determined by Council in these periods:

Round 1 - Open 1 June - Close 6 August - to Council in September
Round 2 - Open 1 September - Close 4 February - to Council in March
Round 3 - Open 1 January - Close 6 March - to Council in April
Round 4 - Open 4 April - Close 6 June - to Council in July
Event SponsorshipVisit the Event Sponsorship page
Educational Recognition (School Annual Prize Giving for Year 12)Open each year from July to December. Determined by quick response.
Educational Support (Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership and Resilience Scholarship at Charles Sturt University)Open each year from December to February. Determined by quick response.
Sports Participant ProgramOpen year-round. Determined by quick response.
Sports Facility Partnership ProgramOpen 14 April 2022. Closer 29 May 2022.
Heritage Assistance FundFor more information go to Heritage Support
Acquittal of Cash DonationsIf you received a cash donation from Council, please complete this form and return it to us.

Timing of applications

Council encourages members of the community to make written application (using the relevant application form) by the dates indicated against each application form.

The budget allocations for grants are limited and the grants and most donations are determined in early July, for the first quarter in the financial year. Applications can be made quarterly throughout the year but applicants need to be aware that as the financial year progresses, less money will be available for financial assistance.

Applications can be:

Emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

Donations & Grants
Orange City Council
PO Box 35

If you wish to contribute to key projects planned for the Orange Community, visit the Your Say website.