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Community Grants

Promoting community well-being by providing grants to small charity and not-for-profit groups for social, environmental and cultural activities within the Bega Valley Shire.

Community Grants

Mumbulla Community Foundation, since 2000, has successfully raised funds through donations and fundraising to provide grants to local organisations, community groups and individuals in the Bega Valley. Our Foundation supported over 300 local organisations and provided more than $1.9 Million for social, cultural, educational and environmental activities in our community. Find out more about Mumbulla Community Foundation’s impact in our Stories and the latest 2023 Annual Report. Mumbulla Community Foundation is dedicated to continuing to support the Bega Valley Community. You are welcome to get in touch with us.

2024 Community Grants Awarded 

We are proud to announce that our Foundation awarded 19 community grants on the 27th of March 2024. Over fifty heartfelt applications were received, and over $68,000 was awarded in this round. The passion and dedication of our community shone brightly through the creative and impact-driven initiatives presented by volunteers and not-for-profit organizations. Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to the recipients. You can find below the full list of recipients and coverage of the Awards ceremony in the Bega District News.

Reproduced with permission of Bega District News, James Parker April 3rd 2024

‘Time just as valuable as money’: Mumbulla grants help philanthropy in Bega Valley

With more than 50 applications and a total request of nearly $300,000, Mumbulla Community Foundation was tasked on assessing who would receive its annual grants, a selection that covered the northern and southern reaches of the Bega Valley shire.

Chairman Mick Pryke said one of the key goals of the foundation was to increase philanthropy in the Bega Valley, and the large attendance at the Bega Civic Centre for the grant presentations demonstrated its success.

“We have a view that philanthropy is not just about money, in fact that’s a small part of it,” Mr Pryke said.

“Volunteering, time, expertise, experience, skills is all philanthropy, and if we can get people to understand that, I think it raises the profile of the contribution people make to the Bega Valley.

“I was sitting with a gentleman at a Lions meeting, and we were talking about this and he said, ‘Oh, I don’t have enough money to be involved in philanthropy,’ and I said, ‘You’re a volunteer with Lions, you’re in it whether you like it or not’.

“And he just smiled, you could see the light bulb go on,” he said.

Captain Zac Willis from Bega VRA shared how the money in his grant would help acquire portable search lights for rescues occurring more frequently at night, while Jellat Rural Fire Brigade said the funds would help the team build resilience, providing members with a cap, shirt, and a multi-tool for use.

Carly McDonald from headspace Bega spoke of how a grant eight years ago, during her university degree where she said she wanted to help youth in the community, had resulted in a career working and doing just that.

Quaama Progress Association sought funding for a chair upgrade which they hoped would last three decades, their fingers crossed in anticipation, while their northerly neighbour, Cobargo Preschool, were given monetary assistance for a bespoke professional development course specialising in post-disaster support.

The Food Tool Library’s Heather Anderson shared how lessons would be provided on canning and preserving food, which would bring the Cobargo community closer than ever, while Mick Brown from the Friends of Kiah Hall needed assistance in purchasing a ride on mower.

Eden RSL sub-branch invested in a PA System, How Art Bemboka Community Hub had a grant for a family bushdance and men’s dinner, Kameruka Estate Debutante Ball committee for a ball filled with relationship advice, Rocky Hall Community Association’s grant was for water tanks.

SCPA and Grow the Future were investing in the youth of the Bega Valley by renovating the old stables on Auckland Street to create vibrant spaces, Spiral Gallery Cooperative’s grant was for an Art of Fibre Connections workshop.

With festivals and events being planned on the 2024 horizon, the Fungi Festival received a grant allowing guest speakers to share a film, Panboola Wetlands invested in the popular Ephemeral Festival, the contribution gifted towards Candelo Arts Society was towards Soul 4th Sunday, and Theatre Onset was for The Songcrafters production.


Meanwhile Women’s Resource Centre was helping fund expenses for the Elsie Award Conference for which their manager Jane Hughes won, and Sapphire Neighbourhood Services shared how the grant would provide professional training so the team could work with men to help with behaviour modification.

Mumbulla Community Foundation Grants Program Funding Agreement Terms & Conditions

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Acquittals Forms

As with all grants, the Acquittal of all monies provided is required. We love hearing the stories of your success and the impact on your communities. 

Acquittal form for grants received in 2022   HERE

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Other Funding

2023 Continuing Education Scholarships – CLOSED

Back to School Program

University of Wollongong Bega Campus Scholarships

Book Prize Vouchers 


2023 Further Education Scholarships for Bega Valley Students – CLOSED

Bega Valley Shire Council in partnership with Mumbulla Community Foundation is offering scholarships to recognise and support students undertaking further education in our Community. More information and application form HERE.

  • Ten Further Education Scholarships
  • Up to $1000 each
  • Close 20 of February 2023

2023 Grants for Bega Valley’s Young Women –  CLOSED

Mumbulla Community Foundation in partnership with the Bega Valley Shire Council is offering grants to encourage local young women aged 18 – 25 to reach for their goals, whatever they may be. The grants aim to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution that young women make in our community in the areas as: arts and culture, environment, business, health, sport and more.

  • Ten grants x $500
  • Open 19 December 2022 – 9am
  • Close 6 February 2023- 5 pm

Please encourage young women in your networks to apply and shine. For more information and grant criteria please follow this LINK.


Image by David Rogers.  Used with permission of Candelo Arts Society