The following funding categories are available through the Annual Grants Program.

The aim of the Community Programs & Projects category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in ‘Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others

Wagga View Objective: We are a safe community

Grant officer

Victoria Lowe

Grant amount

Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $7500

Category eligibility requirements

Projects that do two or more of the following:

  • Increase safety for vulnerable communities in areas of high crime.
  • Increase access, equity and participation for people living with a disability
  • Celebrate our community’s rich social and cultural diversity.
  • Improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living in our community.
  • Demonstrate evidence of in-kind support by the applicant.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Seed funding to assist in the establishment of social groups / interest groups to connect people and reduce isolation
  • Initiatives that promote personal and community safety and reduce crime, where possible.
  • Installation of equipment to increase access for persons for example: assistive technology, grab rails, ramps.

The aim of the Recreational facilities is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We promote a healthy lifestyle

Wagga View Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity

Wagga View Objective: Create and maintain a functional, attractive and health promoting built environment

Grant officers

Josh Walsh

Grant amount

Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $10000

Category eligibility requirements

  • Demonstrate a minimum level of 50% of financial and/or in-kind contribution by the applicant.
  • Are located at Wagga Wagga City Council owned facilities, or facilities on Wagga Wagga City Council owned land in the local government area.
  • Enhance existing facilities

Category Priorities

  • Increase the activation of public community spaces.
  • Improve accessibility and connection.
  • Improve existing assets to maximise utilisation.
  • Improve community health.
  • Collaborate where possible with other community organisations.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Upgrading existing community facilities eg. upgrading amenities, lighting improvements.
  • Improvement or installation of sport specific facilities eg. Installation of cricket nets.
  • Funds toward sporting or recreational group to construct eg. a storage shed, shade structure, install a mobility access ramp.

The aim of the Neighbourhood and Rural Villages category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others

Wagga View Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity

Grant officer

Victoria Lowe

Grant amount

Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $7500

Category eligibility requirements:

Projects that do two or more of the following:

  • Increase community connection in neighborhoods, rural villages, community centres and halls.
  • Increase community provide in local Wiradjuri and First Nations culture and heritage.
  • Provide opportunities for connection through recreational activity, arts and leisure in community centres, halls and public spaces.
  • Demonstrate evidence of in-kind support by the applicant.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Outdoor movie night in a public space for example Gobbagombalin Park
  • Support the delivery of live music in neighbourhoods and rural villages.
  • Activation of of rural halls and community centres.

The aim of the Rural Halls category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objective identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: Create and maintain a functional, attractive and health promoting built environment

Grant officers

Luke Fitzgerald

Grant amount

Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $10,000

List of Halls that are eligible to apply:

Brookdale Hall

Burrandarna Hall

Brucedale Hall

Collingullie Soldiers Hall

Curawarna Community Centre Hall

Downside Hall

Galore Hall

Euberta Hall

Humula Hall

Humula Memorial Hall

Humula Citizens Sports Club

Ladysmith Memorial Hall

Mangain Hall Community Centre

Mangoplah Hall

Oberne Creek Hall

Oura Hall

Tarcutta Soldiers Memorial Hall

Uranquinty Neighbourhood Centre

Uranquinty Community Hall

Category eligibility requirements

Projects that:
  • Enhance existing facilities.
  • Demonstrate a multi-use or shared capability across two or more user groups.
  • Can commence within six months of the grants being made available and completed within twelve months of notification.
  • Offer a contribution from the applicant that may be cash or in-kind support.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Improvements to infrastructure which may include painting, repairing floors, re-wiring buildings or improvements to mobility access.
  • Upgrade of infrastructure eg. toilets, air-conditioning.

Examples of items not eligible for funding

  • Purchase of appliances and items that are not a fixture in the building.
  • Ongoing maintenance.
  • Facilities for one off events.

The aim of the Arts, Culture & Creative Industries category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address our Community Strategic Plan 2040 ‘Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ and aligns with Council’s Cultural Plan 2020-2030 which is a blueprint for a creative city that puts arts and culture at the heart of a thriving, innovative, connective and inclusive community.

The Cultural Plan 2020-2030 recommendations and priorities include:

  • Wiradjuri and First Nations
  • Live music, events and public spaces
  • A vibrant city centre
  • Neighbourhoods, suburbs and villages
  • Cultural experiences for everyone
  • Creative Industries and educational opportunity

Grant officer

Lauren Reynolds

Grant amount

Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $7500

Category eligibility requirements

The Arts, Culture and Creative Industries category aim to provide support to artists, cultural organisations & creative industries to develop and deliver a diverse range of arts and creative projects and programs across the local government area.

Additional support materials are required

  • Applicants must attach examples of previous work e.g. images or video of artworks or previous arts/cultural projects or workshops; links to website demonstrating previous works; resumes of visiting artists.
  • Projects must demonstrate a cash or in-kind contribution.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Skill development workshops eg. visiting artists or free public workshops.
  • Development of new artworks, exhibitions and performance that have public outcomes.
  • Projects that grow industry pathways and opportunities for emerging artists and creative workers.
  • Projects that enhance the sustainability of creative industries (for example Film, TV production, Animation, Photography, Design) and that grow, connect and increase the profile of Wagga Wagga’s arts and creative community.

The aim of the Local Heritage category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity

Wagga View Objective: “Heritage” we love

Grant officer

Hayden Bousfield/Emma Molloy

Grant amount

Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $7500

As a minimum, applicants must contribute at least 50% of total project costs.

Category eligibility requirements

As a guide, local heritage grant funded projects may include (and not be limited to):

  • Conservation works and maintenance works projects.
  • Adaptive reuse projects.
  • Interpretation projects.

Generally funding will not be provided for:

  • New buildings or works.
  • Routine maintenance.
  • Purchase of heritage buildings.
  • Relocation of buildings or work to relocated buildings.

Priority funding for 2023/2024 will be put towards: Reinstatement of heritage features.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Reinstatement of original features to a heritage item.
  • Repainting and/or works to a heritage item. Only works that reinstate the heritage colors of a building will be considered.
  • Repair works to a heritage item

Please note:

  • Applicants must contribute a minimum of 50% cash contribution of total project costs.
  • All projects should be discussed with the grant officer for this category.
  • A list of Heritage Items listed on the Schedule of Locally Listed Heritage Items in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area can be found at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/building-and-development/heritage
  • Projects requesting retrospective funding for monies that have already been spent or works completed will not be considered for funding.
  • Before photos must be provided and if the works require repainting color swatches must be included in your application.

Events bring people together, contribute to wellbeing, strengthen the cultural identity and harmony  and make the city a more vibrant place to live.

The aim of the Events category is to provide financial assistance for events that address the following objective identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others

Grant officer

Emma Corbett

Grant amount

Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $7500

Category eligibility requirements

Funds must be used to establish a new event or grow an existing event held within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024*.

Due to the timing of funding announcements in August 2023, applications for events that occur between 1 July and 31 August will need to apply for funding for their 2024 event, as grant funding cannot be retrospective. All grant funding acquittals for prior year’s funding must have been submitted by 30 May 2023.

Priority will be given to events that:

  • Are held in suburban neighbourhoods or rural villages.
  • Support innovation and/or adaption.
  • Support local businesses through the purchase of suppliers and services for the event.
  • Gain positive citywide coverage for the event and the city.
  • Demonstrate evidence and commitment to reduce waste at the event.

Examples of eligible projects

  • An organisation seeking $2,000 to promote their new event through.
    • $400 on graphic design.
    • $1,000 securing a keynote speaker or music performer.
    • $500 equipment hire.
    • $100 on targeted Facebook advertising.

    Please note:

  • Funding will not be granted towards the purchase of major capital items, or the payment of Council bonds for venue use.
  • Where events have been funded for three consecutive years, events that demonstrate well defined objectives, growth strategies and broad appeal can apply for a further three consecutive year’s funding.
  • Council must be acknowledged for their support by inclusion of Council’s logo on printed and digital material, as well as, acknowledging Council’s contribution in any public launches, speeches or media releases.
  • Applicants must declare any fundraising occurring as a result of the event taking place. Applicants will need to declare beneficiaries of the funds and what those funds will be put toward and the estimated dollar amount.

The aim of the Natural Environment category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We protect and enhance our natural areas

Wagga View Objective: We create a sustainable environment for future generations

Grant officer

Sam Pascall

Grant amount

Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $3500

Category eligibility requirements

  • Projects cannot occur on private land.
  • Projects cannot fund activities that are the responsibility of another organisation.
  • Projects cannot be part of a fundraising event or a devolved grant program.

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Clearly demonstrate how they will have a positive impact on the environmental issue they are addressing.
  • Engage the community in on-ground environmental initiatives.
  • Demonstrate a matching cash or in-kind contribution by the applicant.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Projects that create or improve habitat for local wildlife through weed removal, and/or revegetation works
  • Projects that create awareness of local environment issues
  • Projects that conserve or improve water quality
  • Projects to clean up litter or dumped rubbish within local reserves or waterways
  • Projects that help the community reduce energy use or carbon emissions.

Youth Led Initiatives is a category for young people to develop and lead their own youth focused projects in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others

Wagga View Objective: We are a Hub for Activity

Grant officer

Alex Osgood

Grant amount

Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $5000

Category eligibility requirements

  • Youth is defined as a person 12-24 years of age.
  • Youth are involved from concept to delivery and are the key drivers of the project.
  • The project is led by youth with support from an organisation.

Examples of eligible projects

  • New events featuring live music, art or performance events created by young people or featuring young people.
  • Delivering of Teen Mental Health First Aid training
  • Out of school hours activities or events for young people outdoors, in parks or open spaces
  • Projects that encourage young people from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to those with lived experience with disability, Wiradjuri or First Nations and LGBTQI+, to get involved in their local community

The purpose of the Small Business grant is to provide local businesses with the financial assistance they need in order to accelerate their business idea, create new jobs, or increase economic growth.

Wagga View Objective: We attract and support local businesses

Grant officer

Sue Hanrahan

Grant amount

Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $7500

Category eligibility requirements

Projects that:

  • Demonstrate a minimum level of 50% cash or in-kind contribution.
  • Are located in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

Category Priorities

  • Expansion of business.
  • Improved customer experience.
  • Innovative idea implementation.

Examples of eligible projects

  • Purchasing new equipment to expand production capabilities.
  • Adapting your business or implementing a new customer service tool that improves engagement with your customers/clients.
  • Expansion of facility, or improved shopfront, footpath dining, or product display feature.
  • Implementation of innovative idea/process in new or existing business.