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)

(DOCX, 352KB)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

 

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: http://nwf.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/

 

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.

http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport/ports/boating-safety-and-facilities-program/about-the-program

 

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: http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg

 

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: http://www.dva.gov.au/factsheet-gs03-veteran-and-community-grants-program-vcg

 

Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust

Projects benefiting women and girls, in particular we seek applications that:

Promote social inclusion and community cohesion in regional Victoria addressing the needs of refugee and migrant families or women or girls who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, lack of educational or training opportunities, or who live with a disability or illness.

Applications for the 2017 General Grants open on Monday 30th January and close on 24th March 2017.

For further information visit:http://www.vwt.org.au/applying-for-a-grant/

  

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

This program provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investment that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. Both streams will open on 18 January 2017. The Infrastructure Projects Stream will close at 5pm local time on 28 February 2017.

The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Applications for the Community Investments Stream open on 18 January 2017 and close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.

https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund

Holden Home Ground Advantage

Inspired by the power of local communities, Holden started the Home Ground Advantage grants program. This program aims to provide financial assistance to local sporting clubs and community organisations to invest in and develop their clubrooms, sporting grounds and general facilities, and invest in the growth and development of their emerging talent.

 For further information visit: https://www.holden.com.au/about/home-ground-advantage .

 

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 31

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.  

The program has supported hundreds of small communities, investing millions of dollars into local projects.

It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

For more information visit; http://frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round31

    

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: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/

 

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//www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/emergency-grant

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//www.justice.vic.gov.au/utility/grants/victorian+racing+industry+fund+guidelines+and+application+forms

Stronger Fishing Clubs 2016/2017

The Victorian Government's Target One Million plan to get more Victorian's fishing more often includes a commitment to provide all eligible angling clubs with up to $2,000 to promote membership. The Stronger Fishing Clubs grants programs is open until 31 March 2017.

All Victorian angling clubs in existence since 1 January 2015 are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the program please visit DEDJTR website: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/target-one-million/stronger-fishing-clubs

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: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-grants-program