Community Initiatives Program (Section 356)

Council's Community Initiatives Program aims to improve community wellbeing and quality of life for Byron Shire residents.  

Each year, subject to adoption of the budget for the financial year, Council will call for expressions of interest from eligible community groups (you must be an incorporated organisation) to apply. This fund is for community initiatives that address a specific community need,  build a sense of community and align with Council's goals. 

Council provides community donations under Section 356 of the Local Government Act. These donations are determined by the Community Initiatives Program (Section 356) Policy and Guidelines.

When is funding available?

Round two applications for 2019/20 financial year are now open.

Applications close:  4pm Friday 25 October 2019

Council invite applications for community driven initiatives that address a specific community need which builds a sense of community, and aligns with Council’s goals.

Round one for the 2019/20 financial year was offered in April/May 2019 with 9 projects funded. As there is further budget available, a second round is now being offered.

Guidelines, including the assessment criteria, and an application form can be downloaded from below. 

View a list of previous projects(PDF, 114KB) funded under the Community Initiatives Program. 

About the Community Initiatives Program

Applicants need to:

  • read the guidelines to understand if their organisation and project are eligible for funding;
  • show a matching contribution to the proposed project as outlined in the guidelines;
  • complete an application form on the template provided.  


The following documents outline the program in detail:

Community Initiatives Program (Section 356) Policy(PDF, 338KB)
Community Initiatives Program Guidelines(PDF, 343KB)
Application Form(DOCX, 60KB)
Project Plan template(DOCX, 1MB) (optional use)
Acquittal form(DOCX, 1MB)


For further information about the Community Initiatives Program contact the Social & Cultural Development Team on 02 6626 7000.