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! 

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

VicHealth Active Club Grants

Round 1 of the VicHealth Active Club Grant program for 2017-2018 is now open.

Last year, VicHealth introduced an exciting new direction for Active Club Grants to get more people physically active through community sport, including two outcome areas:

Outcome area 1: Female participation:

  • Almost half as many women take part in organised sport compared to men, and women are most likely to stop playing sport as teenagers.
  • There is more momentum in female sport than ever before, but we need to offer more opportunities for women and girls to get involved in sport at the community level.
  • VicHealth funding is available to support clubs to implement initiatives that will engage more women and girls in sport, including establishing new teams, programs or competitions specifically for women and girls.

Outcome area 2: Participation in social and modified forms of sport:

  • Many Victorians are looking for sport opportunities that fit within their lifestyle. Funding is available for clubs to establish a social or modified sport program for less active Victorians.
  • Social sport includes flexible, social and less structured opportunities, with a focus on fun and social interaction. Modified sport includes making changes to sports activities to best suit the needs and abilities of inactive or somewhat active people, and increase the accessibility of activities to a wider audience.

Grant details

Clubs can apply online from 21 August at Applications close on 22 September 2017.                        

Additional information

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

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

Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program

The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community.

Grants of up to $30,000 are available - for further information or to apply please visit click here or contact the Grants Information Line 1300 366 356.

Applications close Monday 28 August 2017.


Victoria Remembers Grant Program

This program aims to help communities make personal connections with the Centenary of World War One, and assist projects or activities that commemorate other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Victorians have served.

Grants between $20,000 and $80,000 are available - for further information please visit click here or contact the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356.

Applications close on Monday 28 August 2017.


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: