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 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 Acquittal Form(PDF, 346KB)

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



Support for your Community - Applications are now open for VicForest's Community Support Program 2017.

The Community Support Program assists local groups with initiatives designed to benefit their community.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available - for further information or to apply please visit or contact Liz Langford on 5954 4100.

Applications close Friday 16 June 2017.

Bennelong Foundation Grants

Expression of Interest Submissions are now open for the Bennelong Foundation Grants.

This program aims to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in the community. There are no set minimum and maximum funding limits.

The application is a two-stage process:
- Expression of interest
- Full applications from shortlisted applicants

Submissions close on Friday 28 July 2017

For more information on this grant and to submit an Expression of Interest, please visit: 


Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust - Sub-Fund Grants

The Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust Sub-Funds honour women who have made a valuable contribution to the lives of women and girls or in memory of special women whose own lives were remarkable in what they achieved.

There are currently nine Sub-Funds and the number is growing every year. Each is designed with specific purposes to advance conditions for women and girls and to provide benefits in a range of ways.

Applications open Thursday 1 June 2017 and close Monday 31 July 2017. To be eligible applications must be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office for Item 1, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and either Tax Concession Charity (TCC) or can prove that they would be charitable but for their connection with government (usually established by a letter from the ATO).

For more information and view all Sub-Funds please visit:

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia Community Funding 2017

The funding can be used for any Neighbourhood Watch crime prevention or community safety project. Funds will be available to a maximum of $3,000 per application for your community to develop and implement community safety and crime prevention initiatives. Funding applications for small grants of under $1000 are encouraged. Your application process and attached quotes must be lodged with NHWA by 5pm Friday 30 June 2017.

To see if you're eligible for funding and for further information visit:

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

This program seeks to provide funding for a diverse range of projects that seek to benefit and improve the lives of the people of Victoria.

- Rural and regional Victoria: Strengthening the capacity, resilience and potential of communities in rural and regional Victoria.
- Supporting Indigenous Victoria: Supporting initiatives that protect, restore, sustain and empower Indigenous communities, heritage and land.

Applications for this program open 23 May 2017 and closes 15 June 2017 at 12 noon.

For further information visit:

Kerang Sports & Entertainment Community Sporting Grants

Applications are now open for Community Sporting Grants closing on the 9 June 2017

To be eligible applicants must be Not for profit groups/clubs and locally based and show direct benefit to Kerang & district residents

Applications forms can be picked up from management at Kerang Sporties at 25 Victoria Street, Kerang (Ph: 5452 1031)


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:


Stronger Fishing Clubs Grants Program

The 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 30 June 2017. All Victorian angling clubs in existence since 1 January 2015 are encouraged to apply.

For further information click here

Country Football and Netball Program

The Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist country football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations.

Funding assistance could include the following:

  • change room facilities for players and umpires of both genders
  • development or upgrading of football playing fields
  • development or upgrading of netball facilities
  • development or upgrading of lighting facilities

For further information click here


Community Safety Fund Grants

The Community Safety Fund grants provide funding for communities in Victoria to implement locally based crime prevention solutions.Eligible projects must address a crime prevention issue within a local community.

The next round is expected to open on Monday 15 May and close mid July.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 (GST excl) per project.

Victorian councils and community groups are eligible to apply.

For further information click here.


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


Westpac Foundation Community Grants

Applications for Westpac Foundation’s 200 Community Grants are now open, until 9 June. Community Grants are $10,000 each and also include non-financial support via Westpac’s ‘More than Money’ program, helping to maximise the social impact and sustainability of grantees. 

If you are or know of a not-for-profit grassroots community organisation giving opportunities to those who need it most in our local community, nominate or apply today via


Bank Of Melbourne -  Neighbourhood Fund

Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund aims to help local Victorian communities today and into the future.

If your organisation, or an organisation you know is seeking to improve your local area, you can apply to the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund for grants of up to $50,000.

And while we’re a bank, we won’t just provide financial support. We’ll leverage our innovative culture, local staff, information, influence and technology. We’ll put resources towards programs that provide long-lasting social impact so generation after generation can benefit.

For further information click


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


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:


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.


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: