Bega Valley Club Grants

Club Grants is a state-wide initiative that provides financial support for projects and services that contribute to the wellbeing of local communities.

Grant Opens: 2023

Contact Officer
Jayde Rankin
Grants Administration Officer
Phone: 02 6499 2222
Email Council


Logo, Club Grants.

Club Grants is a statewide initiative that provides financial support for projects and services that contribute to the wellbeing of local communities.

Category 1 Club Grants are available to the community and not for profit organisations for projects that meet the funding priorities and comply with grant program guidelines.


Clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue provide funding for community projects and services, and in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions. Each year through Club Grants, clubs across NSW provide support to tens of thousands of local community organisations, sporting groups, and charities that make a difference in their local area. The scheme was introduced in 1998 by the NSW Government and allows clubs to claim a tax deduction of up to 1.5% on gaming machine revenue over $1 million for monies spent on community support.

The funding is provided by five registered clubs across the Shire. They are the Bermagui Country Club, Club Bega, Club Sapphire Merimbula, Eden Fishermen’s Recreation Club and the Merimbula RSL.

Full details on the operation of the scheme are contained within the Club Grants Gaming Machine Tax Act 2001 Guidelines

Funding Priorities

  1. Projects that provide support for sections of the community facing disadvantage including:
  • Aboriginal People
  • Children & Families
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Men
  • Older People
  • People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
  • People with a Disability
  • Volunteering
  • Women
  • Young People
  1. Projects that have limited funding opportunities.
  2. Projects that strengthen and coordinate the work of not for profit community organisations in the shire.
  3. Projects that target problem gambling treatment, support and prevention activities.
  4. Projects that meet the above criteria and haven't received funding in prior rounds.

How to apply for funding

Applicants for Club Grants Category 1 funding should follow these steps:

  1. Determine your eligibility. Carefully read the Club Grants Guidelines to determine whether your project is eligible for Category 1 funding. If you have received funding from previous Clubs Grant rounds, you must report your spending in the ClubGRANTS portal to be eligible. If you are a new applicant, take note of the reporting obligations for funding recipients.
  2. Determine your project suitability. Applicants are strongly advised to pay particular attention to how their project aligns with the outcomes of the Bega Valley Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan and assists people in the local community. Review successful projects from previous funding rounds (past funded projects are listed at the bottom of this page). Or contact the Grants Administration Officer to discuss your projects suitability for this funding program.
  3. Apply online (application form will become available when the grant round opens). When completing the application form, address all criteria as fully as possible. The information requested is necessary to assess your application. Missing or unclear information may affect your eligibility for funding or lead to delays in processing your application.

Application process and timelines

Grant steps Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
Applications open   1 Mar                    
Applications close       2 May                
Assessment Committee Review                        
Advise applicants                        
Presentation ceremony               TBC        
Activity undertaken                        
Activity reports / acquittals                        

Other useful information

2021 Bega Valley Club Grants category 1 Successful Projects

Organisation Project Amount funded
Bega Bombers Inc Football Club Let There be Light  $          2,000
Bega Senior Citizens Club Bega Seniors Lunch and Christmas Lunch  $          1,000
Bega Valley Bridge Club COVID-Safe Project  $             998
Bega Valley Family Day Care Baby and Child Accident Prevention and First Aid essentials training  $          6,755
Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc. Pambula Police Station and Courthouse - repainting  $          5,300
Bemboka Garden Club Funding of the 36th Annual Bemboka Garden Club Flower Show  $          1,000
Bermagui and District Seniors' Social Club Mogo Zoo Trip  $          2,000
Bermagui Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bermagui Heritage Trail Stage 2  $          2,465
Bermagui Marine Rescue NSW  Better storage, dryer storage, bringing order to the place  $          2,572
Bermagui Public School P&C Canteen kitchen upgrade   $          4,187
Candelo Adult Riding Club Purchase of registered trailer to store & transport equipment  $          6,000
Cobargo Preschool Music and Storytelling Programme  $          2,298
Connections Plus Disability Club  $          2,000
Eden Tourism Inc Sapphire Coast Visitor Information Centre's Volunteer Training & Story Telling Workshop  $          4,000
Girl Guides NSW & ACT Quality air  $          4,067
Lifeline South Coast Community Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Training  $          5,000
Merimbula & District Garden Club Inc. Advance TLC (Teaching, Learning and Communication)  $             978
Merimbula Tourism Inc. Volunteer and Staff Uniforms for the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre  $          5,506
Pambula Mens Shed Incorporated Metalwork Project  $          3,784
Playability Staff training in Mental Health First Aid for Community Sector Workers  $          5,400
Probus Club of Bermagui Probus Active Community for the Elderly (PACE) - Local Initiative  $          1,800
Sapphire Coast Boardriders We are on the move - storage trailer  $        10,000
South Coast History Society Inc Publication of 'Bega Town History 1851 - 2021'   $          1,000
St Vincent de Paul (Bega Conference) Christmas giving project  $          3,000
St Vincent de Paul Society, Merimbula Christmas giving project  $          4,500
Towamba Community Progress Association inc Towamba Hall Facility Equipment Upgrade  $          2,962
U3A Bermagui and District Inc 'BEYOND BERMAGUI - LET'S GO!'  A University of the Third Age (U3A) social renewal project  $          3,320
Wolumla Memorial Hall Wolumla Meeting Space  $          2,500
Women's Domestic Violence Advocacy Service Companion Animals and Domestic Violence  $          5,000

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