Office of Responsible Gambling

Community Development Fund

The Community Development Fund (CDF) funds a broad range of projects and programs for community benefit. The fund is financed through unclaimed poker machine jackpot prizes and unclaimed gaming machine tickets. Revenue is received into the fund on a rolling basis.

Section 204A of the Gaming Machines Act 2001 empowers the Secretary (or delegate) to apply funds from the CDF for community benefit. The Act does not prescribe or limit the focus for community benefit funding.  This has allowed the CDF to support a wide range of projects including:

  • $400,000 in 2018 for ‘Back to the Track’ to support the growth and sustainability of the NSW racing industry by assisting new and stronger connections with regional communities. These grants were awarded in the last quarter of 2018.
  • $1 million in 2016 for War Memorials to support the upgrade or installation of war memorials and plaques, and the upgrade of community halls used by veterans groups.
  • $1 million in 2011 for the ‘Youth off the Streets’ program.

A list of grants allocated from the Community Development Fund can be found here.