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

Grants round opens Thursday 1 October 2020, 9am
Grants round closes Tuesday 1 June 2021, midnight.

Funding Available

Resident Association Small Grants of up to $400 per association are available as needed.

Past Recipients

Coming soon.


Grant guidelines 2020 (PDF 8.9MB) 


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 resident or permanent resident 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 and Community History and Heritage grants in 2020.
  • 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) unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who represent a state or federal government department.
  • For-Profit and Sole Traders.
  • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. Parents and Citizens' Associations however are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
  • 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 in 2020/21.
  • 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. However, 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. Council does not accept applications for projects run by 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

Council holds one-on-one sessions to support potential applicants. Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer before applying. 

One-on-one sessions

These 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. 

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 Claire Allon, Council's Grants & Research Officer on 02 9392 5842 or email

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