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?

The next round of funding will be available April/May 2020. Watch this space!

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

View a list of previous projects(PDF, 79KB)  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:


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