Funding on offer for village party

CANTERBURY Bankstown Council is offering up to $25,000 in grants for community groups to hold fete-style festivals with performances, food and gift stalls and a variety of entertainment – bringing the community back together.

Applications for the Village Festival Grant Funding Program are now open to community groups who wish to host free events in their local town or village business centre.
This is a second attempt to set the grants program in motion after Covid interrupted initial proceedings last year. But now it’s business as usual and time to get excited, as the program is now accepting applications.
Mayor Khal Asfour says the program is a fantastic opportunity for groups with unique ideas for events that will breathe fresh life into business centres – attracting locals as well as visitors from across the State.
“It’s time for a street party in our suburbs,” Mayor Asfour said.
“Our small village centres, from Belmore to Bass Hill, have great character and community and it’s time we had a party close to you.
“We’re looking for organised and committed groups who want to deliver for the community, and the council will provide a dollar for dollar contribution up to $25,000 to make your event a reality.
“We want people to be proud of their suburb and bring people into our local mum and dad shops as well. I’m looking forward to seeing community ideas come to life.”
Applications close May 29. To apply, visit