Community venue hire support grant

Provides assistance to community groups and organisations accessing our spaces.

Grants team

We'd like to help you choose the right grant and provide tips for a successful application.

phone number
02 9265 9333
email address
[email protected]

Applications are open

  • This grant program is open all year to applications until the value-in-kind budget is exhausted.
  • All applications should be submitted online at least eight weeks before the event.
  • The first activity must take place within 12 months of the submission date. 

About this program

We own community venues with a range of indoor spaces and outdoor spaces available for hire. The community venues portfolio includes rooms in our town halls (exceptions are Sydney Town Hall and Paddington Town Hall), community facilities, libraries and recreation facilities. This program provides assistance to community and cultural groups and organisations accessing these venues for events, concerts, fundraisers, conferences, meetings and community gatherings. The grant is intended for cultural, environmental and community groups and organisations that demonstrate financial hardship.

All reduced rates are based on the published rate of hire. Venue hire fees and charges are set for the facilities each year by us and can be viewed at our neighbourhood service centres.

The grant covers venue hire fees only. Applicants must meet all standard conditions of hire and pay all additional charges such as deposit and bond, security/key deposit, public liability insurance, cancellation, audio visual, additional staffing such as ushers, cloakroom and security, and any food and beverages.


Funding available

One-off or annual reduced rates support is available for community and landmark venues, subject to availability. Multi-year funding or triennial funding is available on application. 


How to apply

To apply for this grant please contact the grants team.

The below resource and example can help you prepare your application and supporting documents.

Sample budget – community venuesPDF · 117.1 KB · Last modified