Resident Association Small Grants


Inner West Council Resident Association small grants stream provides financial assistance to not‐for‐profit resident associations to come together to discuss what's important to them and their place. Funds are intended to help  resident associations to offset basic operational costs, including venue hire for meetings as well as printing and promotional costs. Applicants must be a not-for-profit resident association representing local communities in the Inner West Council area.

Key dates

The Resident Association small grants round open on 18 August and close 5pm 2 June 2023.

Funding available

Resident Association small grants of up to $400 per association per year are available as needed.

Past recipients

Coming soon.


Grant guidelines 2022 (PDF 1.8MB)


The objectives of the Resident Association Small Grants are to:

  • Connect people to each other and place
  • Develop community strengths and capabilities
  • Foster an inclusive and diverse community
  • Encourage participation in community life
  • Encourage collaborations and partnerships.

Eligibility criteria


To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Be a not-for-profit Residents Association representing local communities in the Inner West Council local government area
  • Be seeking funding to help a Residents Association to offset basic operational costs, including venue hire for meetings, printing, promotional costs etc.
  • Be an Australian citizen, resident or relevant visa holder aged over 18 years.
  • Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organisation or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Note: This eligibility varies for Arts grants and Community History grants.
  • Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
  • Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds).
  • Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
  • Address the grant stream objectives.
  • Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council's Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
  • Parents and Citizens' Associations are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
  • Only submit one application per applicant each year.


Inner West Council does not fund:

  • Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
  • NSW or Federal government departments.
  • For-Profit and Sole Traders. Note: this eligibility varies for Arts Grants.
  • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. 
  • Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
  • Projects which duplicate services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
  • Capital works such as renovations to buildings. Note: this eligibility varies for Environment Grants.
  • Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
  • Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. Grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
  • Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
  • General donations to charities. 
  • Activities that could be perceived as benefiting political parties or associated groups.
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community. 

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:

  • Impact and quality of project that contributes to the Council's Community Strategic Plan and the Resident Association small grants objectives
  • Realistic budget including all sources of project income with inclusion of relevant quotes.
  • Geographic area and breadth of membership covered by the resident association.
  • Merit of the application in comparison to the other applications.

Application support

Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer before applying.

One-on-one sessions are available to provide grant applicants with tailored advice through a phone call to receive feedback and helpful tips on your project ideas from Council’s grant officers.

How to apply

Council uses SmartyGrants administration software to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage.

Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are not accepted.

Apply for Resident association small grants here


For grant enquiries please contact Council's Grants Team on 02 9392 5842.

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Page last updated: 19 Aug 2022