Club Grants


For applicants wanting to apply, please click HERE

Community Groups in the Sawtell area have an opportunity to formally apply to our club for funding for various community-related projects. The funding is made available from profits generated by our club from gaming. The ClubGRANTS Scheme (formerly the CDSE Scheme) was established to formalise this funding process.

The ClubGRANTS Scheme was designed to ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services to their local communities; and to ensure that the disadvantaged in the community are better positioned to benefit from the substantial contributions made by those clubs.

There are two categories of ClubGRANTS available:

Category 1 funding is specifically for local projects and/or services that contribute to the welfare and broader social fabric of the local community and are aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people. These projects encompass Community Welfare & Social Services, Community Development, Community Health Services and Employment Assistance Activities.

Application Form

Category 2 funding is generally for projects not listed or eligible for Category 1 funding such as Sport and Recreational Clubs, Cultural Activities – Visual/Performing Arts, Charity Fundraising, Medical Research and in-kind services such as Complimentary Room Hire, Fundraising Products and Prizes and Training Facilities for Elite Athletes.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for Category 1 or Category 2 funding by downloading and completing the relevant form and returning it to Sawtell RSL, P.O. Box 36, Sawtell, 2452 or emailing directly to along with all supporting documentation. All applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors on a monthly basis and are either approved or rejected depending on their merits and the amount of funding available at the time.

Unlike Category 1 funding, Category 2 is available all-year-round and there is no standard application form. Applicants should follow these steps:

  1. Review the eligibility criteria on page 5 of the ClubGRANTS Application Guide to determine if your project is eligible for funding.
  2. Visit the ‘Find Your Local Grant Round’ page on the ClubsNSW ClubGRANTS website to find which clubs in your area provide ClubGRANTS funding.
  3. Contact your local ClubGRANTS club(s) directly and submit a letter to the club board requesting funding, with details of your project’s purpose, the amount of funding requested, and information on how your project will benefit the community.

If you are unsure which category of funding your organisation may be eligible for, please contact the club on (02) 6653 1577 and ask for advice from the Clubs General Manager.

Sawtell RSL Club has supported many organisations in the community through the ClubGRANTS scheme.


Over $90,000 has been donated to the following organisations between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.
Boambee East Community Centre Air Force Cadets
Cancer Council Australian Army Cadets
Coffs Harbour  Golf Club Bellingen Pipe Band
Coffs Harbour Legacy Cancer Council
Combined Pensioners Association Coffs Harbour Cycle Club
Community Health Services Coffs Harbour Garden Club
Diabetes NSW Coffs Harbour Rifle Club
Disabled Surfers Association Coffs Harbour Senior College
Early Connections Coffs Harbour Volleyball Club
Gen Health Community Care Options
House with No Steps Mary Help of Christians
Life Education North Coast District Council
Multiple Sclerosis Ltd Rotary Club
Orara High School Sawtell / Toormina Little Athletics
R&R Disability Services Sawtell / Toormina Netball Club
Ronald Mcdonald House Sawtell Art Group
Sawtell Fire Brigade Sawtell BMX Club
Sawtell Guides Sawtell Boardriders
Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club Sawtell Chamber of Commerce
South Coffs Community Gardens Sawtell Cricket Club
St John Ambulance Sawtell Croquet Club
Volutneering Coffs Harbour Sawtell Fun Day
Woolgoolga Meals on Wheels Sawtell Golf Club
  Sawtell Historical Society
  Sawtell Physical Culture Club
  Sawtell Probus Club
  Sawtell Public School
  Sawtell RSL Cub Branch
  Sawtell RSL Sporting Groups
  Sawtell RSL Womens Auxiliary
  Sawtell Rugby Lleague Football Club
  Sawtell Soccer Club
  Sawtell Swimming Club
  Sawtell Tennin Club
  Stroke Recovery Group
  Toormina High School
  Toormina Primary School
  TS Vendetta
  Variety Childrens Charity