Grants and Funding

1.Council's Community Grants Program

2016/17 Community Grants Round 2 is NOW CLOSED! 

Guidelines/Information Brochure(PDF, 387KB) 

Help Notes click here(PDF, 521KB)

For projects that have been funded previously, it is a condition of funding that a project completion report (acquittal) is completed and submitted to Council. Forms are available to download below:

Community Grants 2016-17 Acquittal Report for printing(DOCX, 472KB)

Community Grants 2016-17 Acquittal Report to- type into(DOCX, 484KB)

The community grants program is designed to complement the Integrated Community Plan document and assist to fund identified community priority projects. For a copy of the Integrated Community plan click here or contact Council on 03 5450 9333

To view the Council Plan please click here

2.Other funding opportunities

Community Sports Infrastructure Fund

Expressions of Interest from local sporting clubs and organisations in Gannawarra are being called for with the potential to seek funding for projects in 2018/19 through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Download the form here: Community Sports Infrastructure Fund EOI form(DOCX, 67KB)

The CSIF aims to support the development of high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria with a focus on increasing participation of all Victorians.

Organisations in Gannawarra are eligible to seek access for support from the fund through the Minor Facilities, Cricket Facilities and Female Friendly Facilities categories.

For more information on this fund please visit Sport and Recreation Victoria website

Protecting Victoria’s Biodiversity For Future Generations

Applications are now also open for $1 million in Community and Volunteer Action Grants for community groups and environmental organisations under the new Biodiversity On-ground Action initiative.

The Labor Government also recently announced a further boost to threatened species including the Powerful Owl, Growling Grass Frog, Southern Bent-Wing Bat, Regent Honeyeater and Squirrel Glider by doubling funding towards Community Volunteer Action Grants.

For more information on the new biodiversity plan visit:  or to apply for a grant visit:

AMP's tomorrow fund

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is offering amazing Australians doing great things the chance to share in $1million in grants. Individuals of all ages, abilities and interests who need help to reach a special goal with community impact can apply before 4pm (AEST) on 16 May 2017.

For further information visit:

SUEZ Community Grants Program

This program seeks to provide funding to make a positive and sustainable contribution to the local community. It aims to identify local initiatives that will actively contribute to the sustainable well-being of Australian communities, either socially or environmentally, for the benefit of current residents and generations to come.

Grants between $500 and $15,000 are available.

For further information visit:

Biodiversity On-ground Action - Community & Volunteer Action Grants

Community & Volunteer Action Grants funding aims to support practical community efforts to deliver conservation projects on public and private land.

Grants between $5,000 and up to $50,000 will be provided to successful applicants to support communities in efforts to conserve their local biodiversity and threatened species.

The program will support a wide range of projects and activities that help to protect, improve and expand habitats for our native plants and animals.  Support will also be available for activities that address threats to local biodiversity values and help communities better understand and manage local native species and natural environments.

For further information click here


Sport and Recreation Victoria – Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program

This program aims to provide Victorian sport and active recreation organisations with the opportunity to acquire an automated external defibrillator (AED) for their club or sports facility.

For further information click here


Sporting School Program

This program is designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with community sport.

It aims to:
- Connect 860,000 children with NSO endorsed sporting opportunities.
- Increase children’s participation in sport.
- Nurture children’s lifelong love of sport.

For further information visit:


Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week Grants

This program is a three-year initiative to celebrate how partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy can help build strong and vibrant places to live and work. It is a chance for community groups and philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they are already doing across Australia. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available per project.

For further information visit:


Men’s sheds - Building and strengthening Victorian communities

Men’s sheds are safe and practical places for men to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their local communities.

Under this funding round, groups can apply for a grant to either build a new men’s shed, or to refurbish an existing men’s shed.

New build grants of up to $60,000 and Refurbishment grants of up to $30,000 are available.

For further information click here


Norman Wettenhall Foundation – Small Environmental Grants Scheme

This program aims to provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 are available.

For further information visit:


The Boating Safety and Facilities Program (BSFP)

A state government funding program that plays an important role in making boating safer and more accessible for all Victorians.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • ensure safe access to waterways
  • decrease boating incidents and fatalities
  • improve boating facilities and the planning of these facilities
  • promote increased safety
  • provide improved search and rescue services
  • improve navigation aids and signage
  • highlight the importance of vessel maintenance and operating knowledge
  • improve marine communications.


National Library of Australia (NLA) – Community Heritage Grants (CHG)

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

This program aims to provide assistance with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

For further information visit:


Veteran and Community Grants Program (V&CG)

V&CG are for all veterans, their spouses, partners, widows/widowers, carers, dependants and other members of the ex‑service community. Projects may also benefit the wider community. V&CG support activities and services that sustain and/or enhance health and well‑being.

V&CG provides seed funding for projects that promote a healthy, quality lifestyle for members of the veteran community and assist them to remain living independently in their own homes. V&CG also provides funding for initiatives that reduce social isolation, support carers and improve access to community services.

For further information visit:


Supporting Growth In Sustainable Social Enterprises

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $1 million for social enterprises to expand their operations and deliver new solutions to environmental problems.

The funding is in line with the Labor Government’s Back to Work Plan and will help established social enterprises, create new jobs and training opportunities for young people, culturally diverse communities, people with disabilities, recent migrants, and other groups.

Organisations can apply for up to $200,000 of funding to scale up and ensure they are operating sustainably by using resources more efficiently, reducing waste to landfill, and increasing their use of renewable energy.

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit:


Emergency: Sporting and Recreational equipment

Due to the recent floods in many regional areas in Victoria, the Victorian State Government thought it would be a good opportunity to reach out and remind local governments and sporting bodies that this grant is available and open for ongoing applications.

Applications can be submitted by local community sport and active recreation clubs up to the value of $2000, and up to 3 months after the loss or damage.

These grants provide assistance to grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, flood, significant storm event, theft or criminal damage.

For more information on the program please visit: http//


Victorian Racing Industry Fund

The Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) provides financial support to the Victorian racing industry and its key stakeholders for improvements at racing and training venues and for selected programs designed to further stimulate industry growth and development.

As part of this commitment, a minimum of $30 million will be made available over four years to improve racing and training infrastructure at racetracks and training centres.

For more information on the program please visit: http//


Recreational Fishing Grants Program (RFGP)

This program aims to provide funding for small recreational fishing projects which benefit public recreational fishing in Victoria. The Victorian government recognises that recreational fishing is a major social and economic contributor to Victorian communities, and, as such, the government supports actions or programs which aim to boost participation in recreational fishing and related activities.

Funding of up to $5,000 (GST exclusive) is available per project.

For more information on the program please visit: