About Community Funding

Funding objective

Council provides up to two per cent of the annual rates income to a budget for grants, donations, sponsorships and subsidies. To ensure that these funds are distributed in a rational way, eligibility, selection and evaluation criteria are required for the assessment and prioritisation of applications to be funded.

The funds allocated to local community groups, organisations and individuals are to assist in the provision of the activities and services that benefit the local community.

Funding categories

This program is divided into seven (7) categories to encourage and cater for a range of applications and activities:
  • Category A - Community Grants: For one-off projects, programs or activities that benefit the wider Cockburn community.
  • Category B - Cultural Grants: For events, projects, workshops and residencies that embody at least one of the diverse art and cultural interests of the Cockburn community.
  • Category C - Sustainability Grants: For projects or activities that demonstrate Sustainability principles and themes for the benefit of the Cockburn community. 
  • Category D - Small Events Sponsorship: For small-scale neighbourhood events across Cockburn.
  • Category E - Donations: Covers operating or ongoing expenses to assist the disadvantaged and/or vulnerable within the Cockburn community. 
  • Category F - Sponsorships: For financial contribution to a significant event, activity, service or endeavour to either a Group or Individual and, in return, the City receives public recognition for its contribution. 
  • Category G - Major and Minor Funding: For major funding proposals, minor funding and requests outside of established categories. 

Funding guidelines and policy

Funding guidelines assist how the City responds to requests for financial assistance in line with the City’s Strategic Community Plan, and aim to optimise the use of Council funds to support community groups, organisations and individuals to deliver social, environmental and economic benefits.

The guidelines for each category outline the relevant selection criteria, evaluation and limitations of each funding category, and are to be utilised in conjunction with the associated Policy ‘Community Funding for Community Organisations and Individuals (Grants, Donations & Sponsorships).

Applicants for funding to be distributed from the Grants and Donations budget are required to apply and address the relevant criteria in one of the funding categories. Assessment and approval will be done according to the category and be done under the relevant delegated authority or recommendation by the Expenditure Review Committee to Council, and applicants cannot bypass these processes.

For funding guidelines specific to each category, please refer to the respective page.  The full guidelines document and policy are provided below.



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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for Country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past and present.