Community Initiatives Program

The Community Initiatives Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to:

  • Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations
  • Community groups auspiced by an incorporated organisation

Applications for the 2022 to 2023 round are now closed. See below for a list of who received funding this year.

Funding for Community Projects

Funding of up to $5,000 (excl. GST) is available for Community Projects that address a specific need, build a sense of community and align with Council priorities.

Examples of types of projects we support:

  • Bringing people and community organisations together to foster stronger more resilient communities.
  • Celebrating a sense of identity, diversity and cultural connection within the community.
  • Improving community health and social wellbeing.
  • Enabling people to develop skills, knowledge and confidence to lead and contribute to community life.
  • Enhancing places where communities gather.
  • Increasing access and inclusion for communities experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage.

Read the key resources and guidelines and use the online form to submit your application.

Recipients for 2022 to 2023 funding round

Who received funding in 2022 to 2023?

For the 2022 to 2023 year, grants up to $5,000 are assisting with eleven inspiring community projects:

  • Brunswick Valley Landcare – Replacement of items lost in flood which help with community engagement and education about natural resource management and regenerative agriculture. $4,804 awarded.
  • Byron Bay High School P&C Association – Creation of the Recycling and Reusing Waste Program which will educate staff and students, and improve waste segregation streams. $5,000 awarded. 
  • Coorabell Hall – Purchase of projector, retractable screen and lighting to improve hall amenities and encourage more use of the hall.  $5000 awarded.
  • Empowered Today – Provide a comprehensive instructor training course focused on empowerment and self-defense, mindfulness and healthy relationships. $5,000 awarded.
  • Eureka Hall – Establishment of a Community Resilience Team, first aid training and purchase of  a defibrillator. $5,000 awarded.
  • Federal Community Centre - Funding to support the Annual Federal Park Party - 20th Year Celebration which includes performances, market stalls, artisan stalls, food trucks and musicians.  $3,000 awarded.
  • Green and Clean Awareness Team - Establish dune grasses and other plantings from Clarkes Beach to Main Beach. $800 awarded.
  • Spaghetti Circus - Establishment of a scholarship program for families impacted by the 2022 floods, Indigenous families and those experiencing disadvantage. $4,190 awarded.
  • Suffolk Park Community Garden - Creation of a live fence including fruit-producing trees and shrubs accessible to the community. $1,406 awarded.
  • Who Gives a Cluck - Chook therapy for specific needs groups using rescued hens.  Provide provide coops, fencing, advice and support. $5,000 awarded.
  • Zero Emissions Byron - Support for the 2022 BYD Byron Electric Vehicle Expo. $5,000 awarded.