Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Cowra Community Grants Program

Community Grants Rd1 2020_Freemasons

NOW CLOSED. Closes Friday 26 February 2021: offering eligible community groups the opportunity to update their equipment or undertake improvements to infrastructure and buildings.

The next round of Cowra Council’s Community Grants Program is now open, offering eligible
community groups the opportunity to update their equipment or undertake improvements to
infrastructure and buildings.

“Cowra Council has supported many worthwhile projects and groups through the grants program
over the past five years and encourages local community groups and sporting clubs to think about
projects and activities they want to achieve in 2021 and look into whether they fit into the criteria
for the grants,” said Mayor of Cowra, Cr Bill West.

Now in its twelfth round, the $55,000 annual grants program allows eligible individuals and
community groups to apply and lodge their application until Friday 26 February 2021.

“Round One of the program undertaken last year was very well subscribed with 23 applications
approved totaling $28,039 in funding. Council has enjoyed seeing many of these projects already
completed or near completion with the funding and look forward to seeing what ideas Cowra
community groups come up with for this round,” said Cr West.

Successful applicants in Round One of 2020/2021 included the Cowra Arts Group who purchased
new laptops and software; the Cowra Junior Cricket Association who purchased sterilising products
and equipment to ensure that the cricket season could proceed with appropriate COVID-19
precautions; the Gooloogong Historical Society whose grant assisted with the connection of power
to the new historical society premises; and the Morongla Show Society who purchased new
stackable aluminium chairs.

The guidelines and criteria remain the same this round, with Council looking for community groups
who are not-for-profit, primarily volunteer-run and based within the Cowra Shire with projects that
directly benefit the local community.

Community groups have the opportunity to apply for funding through four categories: arts and
culture, building and facility development, small capital equipment and sport and recreation.
Applicants that were successful in Round One of the Community Grants Program are able to apply
again under Round Two, provided they have submitted their acquittal report.
Applicants are eligible to receive up to a total value of $3000 in grant funds per financial

Application forms and guidelines are available at Council’s website: and at Councils’ front desk at 116 Kendal St, Cowra.
For more information,contact Cowra Council Communications on: 02 6340 2087
or email:

For more information, contact Cowra Council’s Grants and Executive Projects Officer, Lawrance
Ryan on 6340 2035 or email:

Caption (Community Grants Rd1 2020_Freemasons.jpg): Cowra Freemasons, pictured
here with Mayor Bill West, received a community grant in 2020 to paint the entrance
foyer of the Cowra Masonic Centre. Round Two of the community grants program is
now open for applications.