Grants and Funding

1. Council's Community Grants Program

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Council’s 2019 Community Grants Program will open August 2019.

To view recipients from round two of the 2018 Grants Program please see media release.

Council's Community Grants is administered via an online system called SmartyGrants.

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations will be able to write their application online via this portal


The Community Grants Program offers two categories

Community Support Grant:

The Community Support category aims to deliver projects, programs and activities that benefit the residents of Gannawarra Shire and align with Council priorities and strategic directions. The suggested inclusions for this category align with the Council Plan priorities and cover areas such as recreation and leisure, arts and culture, youth, seniors, diversity and inclusion, and healthy communities.

Applications to the Community Support Grant category can be for up to $5,000

Events Grant:

The aim of the Events Grant category is to encourage and assist the development and implementation of events across the municipality.

This framework allows groups, over the four years of the current Council term, to build capacity, patronage and sustainability for local events. This supports Council’s long term aspiration to support the development of new events, the enhancement of existing events, and to build community capacity in event delivery, both financially and logistically.

The Events Grant category is split into three types as defined below:

  1. Community Events - up to $500 per application: to support community events including one-off celebrations that generate community participation in the Gannawarra Shire Council
  2. Minor Events - up to $2000 per application: to assist in conducting events which generate tourism activity
  3. Major Events - up to $5000 per application: to assist in conducting special events which generate significant tourism activity and provide an increased public profile for the Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Groups/organisations may only submit ONE application per funding round (please note, applicants will be unable to apply for further rounds of funding until their project acquittal has been received and approved by Council)
  • It is recommended that applicants provide matching cash funding (which can include 25% in-kind value) at a ratio of $1:$1 for their application (contact the Grants Officer for more information)

Community Grants Programs Guidelines(PDF, 194KB)

Community Grants Application Help Sheet(PDF, 122KB)

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What may be funded under the Community Support Grant

Community Support Grant - funding up to $5000 per application

Aim: To deliver projects, programs and activities that benefit the residents of Gannawarra Shire Council and that aligns with council priorities and strategic directions.

This could include:

  • Purchase of new equipment or materials
  • Programs supporting the development of the group, providing opportunities to share skills and encourage participation
  • Programs that address access issues for people with disabilities, cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds and disadvantaged groups
  • Programs that improve social connectedness and/or physical or mental health, and provide access to recreation and leisure opportunities for all ages, particularly youth
  • Programs and activities that contribute to strengthening communities within the Gannawarra Shire Council and create new opportunities for community participation in social, learning and civic activities
  • Programs that encourage volunteering and achieve a range of practical outcomes that directly benefit volunteers by making their work easier, safer and more enjoyable
  • Projects which help protect and restore the natural environment and include projects that build community appreciation and knowledge
  • Projects that support our historical past and the development of arts and culture initiatives

Projects, programs and activities that can demonstrate contributing to the Gannawarra Shire Council Plan 2017 – 2021, or assist in achieving the outcomes of the Community Profiles will be weighted more favourably in the assessment process.

Successful funding in this round does not imply ongoing funding. Groups should always work towards a sustainable funding model for ongoing projects.

What may be funded under the Events Grant

Events Grant:

The Events Grant category is split into three types as defined below:

  1. Community Events - up to $500 per application: to support community events including one-off celebrations that generate community participation in the Gannawarra Shire Council
  2. Minor Events - up to $2000 per application: to assist in conducting events which generate tourism activity
  3. Major Events - up to $5000 per application: to assist in conducting special events which generate significant tourism activity and provide an increased public profile for the Gannawarra Shire Council

 This event funding aims to encourage and assist the development and implementation of events that:

  • Show the ability to have strong economic benefit and encourage visitation to the region
  • Promote and encourage community participation across all sectors of the community
  • Strengthen and develop community skills
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Reduce the isolation of individuals and groups within a community
  • Are innovative, creative and inclusive celebrations of community
  • Are inclusive and accessible to all members of the community, including youth and older persons
  • Demonstrate partnerships with other local groups and individuals

Successful funding through the event category does not imply ongoing funding. Groups should always work towards a sustainable funding model for ongoing events.

What kind of questions will I need to answer in my application?

The SmartyGrants online application portal successfully opened in February 2018 for applicants to use to apply for a Community Support Grant or Event Grant. So that you are able to start to prepare application information, below is an outline of the kind of information that will be sought as part of applications to the Community Grants Program:

Applicant Details

  • This information will be used in all Council correspondence relating to the funding application
  • If applying for funding through an auspice organisation, please provide the name of the organisation in the section provided

Bank Details

  • This section MUST be completed prior to submitting your application
  • Should your application be successful the funding amount will be deposited directly into your bank account
  • The appointed Treasurer or Public Officer of the organisation should know whether your group has a registered ABN. If so, please enter the ABN on the line provided.
  • To see if your organisation is registered for GST, you can either check with your Treasurer or Public Officer, or refer to the website for assistance (the new online application also has a link to the ABR website for your convenience.

Project Details

  • The Project Name will be used in all Council correspondence relating to the funding application. It will be the identifying name of your project. Please keep the Project Name short.
  • The Project Summary should outline in 50 words or less what your project will do and/or achieve.
  • Ideally, your application should address priorities in the Council Plan 2017 - 2021 and/or Community Profiles. Copies of these plans can be accessed on Council’s website or by contacting Council on 03 5450 9333.
  • Describe the wider community benefit of your project. To assist, ask yourself these questions:
    • Why is your project a good idea?
    • What made you think of it?
    • What will it achieve? 
    • Was your project identified as a priority in your Community Plan?


  • Income
    • Amount requested from Council’s Community Grants program
      Amount of money you are requesting from Gannawarra Shire Council.
    • Cash contribution from your organisation
      Amount of money your group is contributing to the project, whether it is from membership fees, previous fundraising, entry fees, etc. It is recommended that applicants provide matching cash funding (which can include 25% in-kind value) at a ratio of $1:$1 for their application (contact the Grants Officer for more information). 

    • Funding from other sources
      Any cash donation or cash sponsorship your organisation has received for this project from external sources, i.e. State Government, local business sponsorship etc.

    • In-kind/voluntary support
      Donations of goods and services (ask the business or individual to place a dollar value on their donation to enable an accurate costing). 
      Volunteer time is also counted as in-kind support.  This is costed at $25 per hour per volunteer. In-kind must be balanced out in expenditure as well as in the income. In-kind support cannot exceed 25% of the grant amount.

  • Expenditure

This side of the budget is a comprehensive list of all the costs associated with the project. It could include:

  • Equipment hire  
  • Venue hire  
  • Materials  
  • Printing  
  • Postage  
  • Permit/application fees
  • Advertising

Please indicate where the grant money would be specifically expended.  What are you going to spend the grant money on?  Failure to do this may render your application ineligible.

  • Quotes

If you are asking for funding to cover the purchase of equipment or to have works done, please obtain quotes to substantiate your figures. Be aware that service providers may vary their quote between putting in this application and when works take place or equipment is purchased. Under these circumstances, the applicant will be responsible for covering the cost of any shortfall.

Please note that the total income of the budget must equal the total expenditure of the budget.

Assessment Criteria

This section requires applicants to indicate how your project addresses the following assessment criteria: Why? How? Who? What?. Each section is weighted as part of the assessment criteria.

Some suggested questions have been provided to assist in the completion of these sections.

Why? (30%)

  • Why do you want to do this project?
  • What circumstances and demand have created ideas for this project?
  • Does it link with the Council Plan 2017 - 2021 and Community Profiles?

How? (20%)

  • How will you deliver the project?
  • How will the project be managed now and into the future?
  • Will the project be an innovative and creative response to the identified needs?
  • How much will it cost and how will you pay for it?
  • How has the community been or will be involved in the project?

Who? (10%)

  • Who will be involved in the project?
  • Who will manage the project?
  • Who are the partners (if any)? Have there been letters of support provided?
  • Describe any voluntary or in-kind contributions?

What? (40%)

  • What will the project achieve?
  • How will it increase or maintain the use of the facility (if relevant)?
  • To what extent will it increase people’s involvement and participation?

To download an information brochure which outlines eligibility criteria please click here(PDF, 553KB)

Projects previously funded: 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:

2. Government and Other funding opportunities

  •  The Growing Cricket for Girls (GCG) Fund


Please find below information about The Growing Cricket for Girls (GCG) Fund from Cricket Victoria.

Established to support the access to, and development of, girls competitions at a community cricket level across Australia.

Closes August 13 2018 

Click here for more info




  • Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme

The scheme will provide councils, clubs, associations, educational institutions and facility managers access to loans, subject to organisational financial and credit assessments, between $500,000 and $10 million at significantly reduced interest rates.

Loans through the scheme will be benchmarked to the Treasury Corporation of Victoria's borrowing rate at the date of contract execution. As of 25 June 2018, the interest rate for a 10 year loan from Treasury Corporation of Victoria was 3.10%. It’s anticipated that the Victorian Government’s additional interest subsides will further reduce the interest rate paid by organisations by at least 50%.

The guidelines and supporting materials can be accessed at


  • Change Our Game Scholarship Program

  • The Change Our Game Scholarship Program is a Victorian Government funding program for women. Scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $10,000 are available for individual women working or volunteering in sport and recreation to access professional learning and development opportunities that will enhance their skill in leadership and management.

    Candidates for the scholarship program are to be nominated by recognised state sporting associations, state sport and recreation bodies, local government authorities and regional sports assemblies. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

    For more information and details on how to apply, visit the Sport & Recreation website:

  • Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants

 The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in partnership with Landcare Australia is giving schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups the chance to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 (excl GST) as part of the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. 

Types of projects supported by this program include: 

  • On-ground projects that restore, protect, enhance, or develop habitat for native flora and fauna, and/or address threats to biodiversity e.g. weed invasion, habitat loss etc., and/or
  • Projects that increase opportunities for children to connect with their natural environment e.g. a school excursion to Healesville Sanctuary; and/or
  • Projects that educate and raise awareness, among young people, of the benefits and importance of biodiversity and a healthy environment, and/or how they can contribute to environmental improvement.

 Get in quick! Applications close on the 20th July 2018.

Read more about the Victorian Junior Landcare & Biodiversity Grants.


  • Nominations for the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards are now open

The Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities, and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Victoria.

Do you know an individual who deserves to be recognised? We would love for you to enter them into the Awards!

There are a number of categories open, such as the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award and we would love for you to recognise someone you know!

The Awards are free to enter, all you need to do is click here to get started.

Good news…we have made things nice and easy for you this year! Everyone knows someone worthy of recognition, but we received feedback that people just don’t have the time to complete the nomination. All you have to do is click here to simply fill in their contact details and hit submit! We will then get in contact with them and have them complete the questions, it is that easy! 

Great prizes are up for grabs with either $2,000 into an account in their name from Bank of Melbourne or air time packages on PRIME7 for category winners. Plus every nominee will receive a dedicated media release sent to their local paper encouraging them to write a story and will receive a certificate of achievement! 

To find out more about the Awards please click here.

Nominations close Wednesday 18th July 2018.

If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact Demi Cox at

Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards
Ph 9720 1638 | 


  • Public Safety Infrastructure Fund application

Applications for the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF) grants are now open and will close on Friday 20 July 2018.

 Click here for more information


  • Veterans Grants

The following Veterans Grants are now open until Monday 27 August 2018:

  • Victoria Remembers Major Grants
  • Victoria Remembers Minor Grants
  • Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour

Guidelines and Application forms are available at:


  • Sporting School Program

This program is designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with community sport. Funding for Term 3, 2018 opens 12 June!

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:


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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

Current Grant Opportunities


  • Sustainability Victoria

Energy Assessment Grant

Now it’s easier for businesses to get grants to reduce energy bills

Grant funding offer under our Energy Assessment Grant has now been upgraded to provide more funding for businesses. An energy assessment will identify potential energy efficiency improvements for your business, review pricing tariffs and suitable renewable energy options.

As this is a non-competitive program, a Business Productivity team adviser is available to guide you through the application process. The adviser can also tell you about other support services available, such as Materials Efficiency Grants, Gas Efficiency Grants and our free Sustainable Finance Service.

Join more than 100 businesses who have already taken up a Boosting Business Productivity grant.

Click here for more information on the program or contact our Sustainable Business advisors on 1300 363 744.


  • Horticulture Innovation Fund

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (VIC)

Round – ongoing, but closes in 2018

Primary Category

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing


Amount: $0 to $50,000
Total pool: undisclosed

The Victorian Government is encouraging innovation and collaboration in the horticulture sector with a new fund available for research and development projects that will help the sector remain profitable and sustainable into the future. 

The Horticulture Innovation Fund (HIF) will support industry to partner with research organisations on projects that use new technologies and techniques for improving overall economic performance. Through the HIF, the Victorian Government seeks to support a horticulture sector that is innovative, collaborative and well informed.

Grants of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) are available for applied research and development projects that contribute to a more productive and profitable horticulture sector. The program is open until 2018 and is administered by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). 

What will be funded?

Projects eligible for assistance from the HIF include:

  • Applied horticultural research and development that is innovative and likely to improve farm performance, and/or
  • Research that will improve market access and business diversification activities as applied to the horticulture sector.

Preference will be given to projects that are mid to late stage research, where adoption, piloting and/or trialling in Victoria is required.

All grant recipients will be required to share the results of the research through the Horticulture Centre of Excellence (HCoE) to facilitate learning across the sector and to encourage continued collaboration between industries.

Who can apply?

The HIF is open to individuals and organisations associated with the Victorian horticulture sector, including:

Individual horticultural businesses – e.g. producers, coolstore/packhouse businesses, wineries.

Not for profit organisations that are an incorporated body, co-operative or association. e.g. industry bodies and associations.

Research organisations – a higher education institution or a registered research organisation

How to apply?

Horticulture Innovation Fund Guidelines and eligibility[MS Word Document - 900.8 KB]

Funding examples[MS Word Document - 14.4 KB]

Frequently asked questions

Expression of Interest Form 

The Horticulture Centre of Excellence may be able to help connect horticultural businesses to appropriate research organisations and advise on the establishment of a suitable project team.

Click here for more information:

For more information contact us.