The Community Bands Development Program is a devolved funding program by Create NSW and administered by the Band Association of NSW Inc.

Only community bands who are members of the Band Association of NSW and who are located in an NSW Local Government Area are eligible to apply for this funding.

One application per band organisation (which may include an unlimited number of projects) may be submitted.

Applications are limited to a maximum of $2000 per application.

Projects must be conducted in the 2021 calendar year and funds spent by 31 December 2021.

Please refer the 2021 NSW Community Bands Development Grants Notice to see what types of projects can funded.

Submit an application with details of your project by 27 June 2021 through the Create NSW SmartyGrants Portal.

Assessment of each application will be made by the Management Committee of the Band Association of NSW Inc. and applicants will be notified by their local member as soon as possible after approval or by the BANSW before the 1 August 2021.


Congratulations to our 2020 Create NSW Community Band Development Grants recipients:


  • Blue Mountains Youth Band
  • Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra & North West Wind Ensemble
  • Central Coast Concert Band
  • City of Wollongong Brass Band Inc
  • Forbes Town & District Band
  • Gosford City Brass Band
  • Gunnedah Shire Band
  • Holroyd Brass Band
  • Hunter Regional Band Association Inc
  • Lake Macquarie Winds Concert Band
  • Lane Cove Concert Band
  • Leeton Town Band
  • Lithgow City Band
  • Maitland City Brass Band
  • Newcastle PCYC Brass Band
  • North Shore Wind Symphony
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Municipal Band
  • Southern Highlands Concert Band
  • Sutherland PCYC Concert Band
  • Sydney City Brass
  • Sydney Wind Symphony
  • Toronto Brass
  • Tottenham Town Band
  • Wallarah Community Band
  • Waratah Brass – Newcastle
  • Wee Waa Community Band
  • Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band

These successful bands will share in over $28,000 in devolved funding for 2020 from Create NSW.

This Information Sheet about the Create NSW Community Band Development Grants also advises that there have been some slight amendments in 2020 for what community bands can apply.

If you require further information about the grants scheme or whether you qualify for a grant please do not hesitate to contact our grants coordinator, Jeff Markham on 0412 757 125 or via email jefftmarkham@yahoo.com