Grants and Funding

1. Council's Community Grants Program

Community Grants Awarded

Gannawarra Shire Council has awarded $52,397 to community organisations through the second round of the 2016/17 Community Grants Program.

 Successful organisations are listed below:


Cohuna Little Athletics Centre Inc.


Golden Rivers Artists Inc


Kerang Amateur Swimming & Lifestyle Club


Kerang Historical Society and Museum


Kerang Turf Club


Kerang Quilters


Koondrook Lawn Tennis Club Inc


Lalbert Golf Club Inc


Leitchville & District Progress Association


Lions Club of Kerang


Murrabit & District Lions Club Inc


2016/17 Community Grants is NOW CLOSED! 

Council's Community Grants program is currently going through a review and a date for the next round is still to be confirmed.

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 Acquittal Form(PDF, 346KB)

2. Other funding opportunities

FRRR - Small Grants for Rural Communities

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

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.

To apply visit FRRR website. Applications close 27 September 2017.

NAB Foundation's Environmental Wellbeing: Sustainable Regions Grants

The Sustainable Regions Grants from the NAB Foundation support the development and implementation of regional approaches to:

  • strengthen co-ordination and collaboration between environmental groups, business, landholders and government,
  • involve the community in practical on-ground action to improve the environment, and
  • implement regional solutions to environmental challenges.

Examples of the types of initiatives that may be eligible for the NAB Foundation Sustainable Regions Grants include but are not limited to those that address:

  • Water quality: by increasing gully and stream bank control, improving fertiliser application efficiency, reducing erosion losses and improving farm water efficiency or minimising farm run-off,
  • Climate change: by undertaking climate adaptation or carbon sequestration projects, implementing traditional firestick farming practices and other activities which reduce carbon emissions or mitigate climate risk, and
  • Biodiversity enhancement: by delivering re-vegetation or restoration of ecosystems such as coastal habitats, wetlands and riparian vegetation and enhancement of pollination or pest control services.

There are two grant types on offer within this category:

  • Thrive Grant: Thrive grants help initiatives or organisations to become sustainable, scale or collaborate and move to their next stage of growth,
  • Seed Grant: Seed grants build, test or pilot innovative ideas or help organisations get started through core operations and capacity building.

Grant amounts will start from $100,000 to $1,000,000 payable over a maximum period of up to three years.

The NAB Foundation is able to support a wide range of social purpose organisations. We can grant to charities and social enterprises as long as the program, project, initiative, or organisation that is applying for a grant has a charitable purpose and is aligned to our grant category.

The NAB Foundation’s grant round will be open online via SmartyGrants from 9am Monday, 18 September and will close at 5pm Friday, 27 October 2017.

Community Skills Development Grants

The Community Skills Development Grants aim to strengthen environmental volunteer group and network capacity by supporting learning and skills development opportunities, and encouraging knowledge sharing with other groups and networks.

Groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 (Stream 1) and networks or partnerships of groups and networks can apply for up to $20,000 (Stream 2).

Successful applicants will have until 31 December 2018 to complete the delivery of the capacity building and skills development activities detailed in their applications.

For further information click here. Applications close 5.00pm on 12 October 2017.


Entry Level Cricket Grants

To assist local cricket clubs to be able to include new children from disadvantaged and low socio-economic backgrounds into MILO in2CRICKET or MILO T20 Blast in season 2017/18, Cricket Victoria have launched the Entry Level Cricket Grants.

Applicants can apply by using Cricket Victoria's online Formsite application form. Clubs and associations that meet the Entry Level Cricket Grant Guidelines can apply for up to $750. (e.g. 15 new participants @ $50 registration subsidy).

To get further information or to apply visit Cricket Victoria website. Applications close 15 October 2017.

Sporting Club Grants Program

Clubs and associations can apply under four categories:

  • Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment
  • Category 2: Skill Development
  • Category 3: Club Operations Capacity
  • Category 4: Aboriginal Participation

Grants range from $750 to $5000 under the four categories.
Round 2 applications close 24 January 2018. For more information please visit the Sports Victoria website.

Veteran  Grants

The Victorian Government supports ex-service organisations, local government authorities, educational institutions and not for profit organisations with grants for projects which:

  • provide welfare services or assistance to the ex-service community
  • honour and commemorate the service and sacrifice of our veterans
  • educate the wider Victorian community about the service and sacrifice of our veterans
  • provide education assistance for veterans' dependants
  • preserve our veteran heritage for the benefit of future generations
  • restore local community war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour, or
  • commemorate the Anzac Centenary

For more information on the various funding programs available visit

Changing Places

Funding of up to $100,000 + GST is currently available to support non-for-profit organisations and/or Local Government Authorities (Victorian) to construct a Changing Places facility.

Changing Places facilities are larger than standard accessible toilets, and have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers.

For more information please visit the Department of Human Services website


Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program

The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is an ongoing program funded by the Victorian Government, which provides local emergency services volunteer groups access to grants for operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements. 

What’s on offer?

The 2017–18 program offers grants up to a maximum of $100,000 excluding GST. The VESEP will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer group.

For further information visit:


Living Heritage Grants

The Living Heritage Grants Program is running for four years, over four competitive rounds 2016-17 to 2019- 20.

Applicants may apply for an amount of between $20,000 and $200,000 per project, per grant round to fund conservation works to ‘at risk’ places and objects included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Only places included on the Victorian Heritage Register are eligible to apply for the Living Heritage Grants Program.

For further information click


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


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:



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.


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:

Local Sporting Champions Grant

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Status: Closes 31 October 2017

Amount: $500 per individual

Further information: Australian Sports Commission or phone (02) 6214 1111.

Boots For All equipment grant

Boots For All’s vision is to have an active and socially inclusive Australia through sport. The organisation exists to break down barriers to sport participation & strengthen communities by collecting & distributing quality, new and near-new sports equipment to vulnerable Australians and by providing volunteering and training opportunities via the Sports for All social enterprise sports store.

Status: Ongoing

Amount: Various sports equipment

Further information: Visit Boots For All website, call 1800 752 227 or email