Resident Association Small Grants


The Resident Association Small Grants provide financial assistance to not‐for‐profit residents' associations who represent local residents on neighbourhood issues and provide opportunities for the local community to come together to discuss what's important to them. 

Key Dates

Council's Annual Grants Program will reopen mid-year 2020.

Funding Available

Resident Association Small Grants of up to $750 per association are available in 2019.

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.

Past Recipients

Coming soon.


Download the Inner West Council Grants Program guidelines here: Inner West Grants Program Guidelines 2019 (PDF 928.9KB)


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


  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit Residents Association representing local communities in the Inner West Council local government area
  • Applicants must be seeking funding to help Residents' Associations to offset basic operational costs, including venue hire for meetings, printing, promotional costs etc.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the Residents Association meets the grant objectives
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the Residents Association is accessible to all members of the Inner West community. Residents must not be denied participation based on their ethnicity, culture, religion, gender and identity, age, disability or sexual preference
  • Applicants must have completed the Evaluation Report and Acquittal Form from previous grant rounds (i.e. for re-applying associations).


  • Capital works such as renovations to buildings
  • Salary costs for staffing
  • Grants will not be provided to political parties or groups formally linked to a political party
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community
  • Projects which duplicate services already provided in the Inner West Council area
  • Applications seeking financial assistance for overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.

Assessment Criteria

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

  • Grants programs objectives (outlined earlier in this document)
  • Realistic budget
  • Geographic area and breadth of membership covered by the Resident Association
  • Merit of the application in comparison to the other applications.

Application Support

Council holds information sessions and one-on-one sessions to support potential applicants. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of these sessions and/or speak with a Council grant officer before applying.

Information sessions are designed to explain the grant stream funding priorities, how applications will be assessed and conditions for successful applicants. They are also an opportunity to network with other community groups and meet potential project partners.

One-on-one sessions provide grant applicants with tailored advice on their project and grant application. Receive feedback on your draft application and project ideas from Council’s grant officers and receive helpful tips on how to write your grant application.


For grant enquiries please contact Tess Newton-Palmer, Community Resourcing and Research Supervisor on 02 9392 5281 or email

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Page last updated: 16 Jan 2020