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Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund

The NSW Government established the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to support community projects around the Port of Newcastle.

Newcastle Port promenade


The NPCC Fund is a competitive, merit-based program that financially supports projects that revitalise the Port of Newcastle and surrounding areas (NPCC Fund Project Area) for the benefit of the community.

The Port of Newcastle (the Port) is Australia’s oldest export port and Novocastrians are justifiably proud of its history. The Port is a central part of this vibrant city, bordered by parks and walkways, culturally significant sites, unique architecture, cafés and restaurants.

To support the vibrancy of the Port, the NSW Government allocates up to $1 million each year to fund projects that make the harbour a preferred place to live, work and play.

Grants are provided to projects that benefit the environment, public domain, infrastructure, heritage restoration, activation, smart technology or community.

Since its inception, the NPCC Fund has supported 22 projects to a value of $4.8 million which have provided direct benefit to the community of Newcastle. This investment has delivered significant improvements and new opportunities for the local community including:

  • the construction of a skate plaza and adventure playground at the South Stockton Active Hub
  • the Carrington Pumphouse restoration works
  • the design and construction of a playground and active space at Camp Shortland
  • the construction of Awabakal ancestral remains monument, to honour the indigenous people of Newcastle
  • the construction of two practice cricket nets at Carrington
  • funding for the Winter Heat event in Honeysuckle
  • the clean-up of Throsby Creek
  • the Chinese New Year Lantern Walk along the Honeysuckle promenade. 


Newcastle precinct

Round Six Funding

Applicants can apply for funding from $10,000 up to $500,000 (exclusive of GST) for projects that enhance or maintain landside infrastructure and provide community amenity around the Port of Newcastle.

Applications have now closed and are currently at the evaluation stage.

Get help or advice for your application

Get in touch with us:

Regional Development – Hunter and Central Coast
Department of Regional NSW
P: 4921 2655

The NPCC Fund Guidelines outline the eligibility and assessment criteria.  All applicants must follow the instructions in this document.

Eligible projects must be located, or substantially delivered, within the area indicated in the map above.

The following key dates apply for Round Six:


Key phase Date
Applications open at 9.00 am Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Information session (registration required) Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Applications close at 5.00 pm (late applications will only be accepted under exceptional circumstance) Friday, 6 November 2020
Assessment and approvals process November - December 2020
Successful projects announced Early 2021
Funding Deed negotiations commence Early 2021


Information Session - Rydges Newcastle, 5-6pm, Wednesday 7 October 2020

To register for the information session, email your contact details to The session will provide guidance on the application process and is highly recommended to assist your application. Departmental officers will be available to provide information about proposed projects up to the closing date. 

How do I get an application form?

All projects must submit an expression of interest by emailing or contacting the Department on 4921 2655.  Not all enquiries will proceed to the application stage. An application form will only be sent to applicants who have registered. 

Is the information session compulsory?

The information session is not compulsory, but attendance is highly recommended as Departmental representatives will be on hand to provide guidance.  

Departmental officers will also make themselves available to provide information about proposed projects up to the closing date. 

Does the Assessment Panel have final approval of the projects funded?

No, the Assessment Panel will make recommendations to the Deputy Premier who has the final decision on whether a project receives funding. 

If an application was submitted for a project in an earlier round, can an application be resubmitted in Round Six?

Yes, applications can be submitted for the same project across funding rounds.

If we receive funding, is there an obligation to start work by a certain date?

Successful applicants must deliver their project within two years of signing the funding deed. The dates will be reflected in the project milestones for delivery and reporting.

Successful applicants in Round Five (2019) were:

Improving the pedestrian experience and opportunities to linger, gather and engage along the pier. This will include a total makeover of the path with new seating, railing, interpretive elements, and a new lookout and activity area.

Allocated funding:  $500,000 

Naturalisation works will aim to return vegetation, improve the function of the creek, potentially provide habitat for various species and improve water quality. 

Allocated funding:  $375,800 

Encouraging local sailors and visitors to utilise the port and providing infrastructure that will attract sailing events to Newcastle. 

Allocated funding:  $170,000

Creating a permanent memorial and resting place for Awabakal ancestral remains, providing a place of significance, remembrance and ceremony.

Allocated funding:  $98,200

Immortalising Novocastrian stories on film, capturing and preserving local tales for future generations.

Allocated funding:  $72,000

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