Grants and Funding

1. Council's Community Grants Program

Applications for Council’s 2020 Community Grants Program will open in August.

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

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


To prepare your application it is highly recommended that you read the funding guidelines:

2020 Event grant guidelines(PDF, 171KB)

2020 Community Support grant guidelines(PDF, 204KB)

We have also developed a 'help sheet' to assist potential applicants in developing their applications.

2020 Community Grants Application - HELP SHEET(PDF, 371KB)      


2. Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants Program

Applications for Council’s Community Resilience Grants Program - Round 3 are now closed.

Grants of up to $5,000 were made available to not-for-profit community groups or groups that are auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit group.

3. Major Community Project Fund

Applications for Council’s Major Community Project Fund are now closed.

Funding of between $10,000 and $125,000 was made available to community groups, organisations and clubs to partner with Council to develop infrastructure projects on non-Council owned or controlled land, with funding preference given to projects that have confirmed funding from external grants, or other sources, and/or an in-kind contribution.

The fund gave priority to projects identified within the Council Plan, individual Community Profiles (noted in the Council Plan), and/or other Council strategies e.g. the Gannawarra Sport & Recreation Strategy 2019-29, which will contribute to the municipality and support Council’s vision to build upon our strengths of people, place and pride to inspire a positive future together.

The guidelines below were available to assist applicants to develop their application and understand the process once applications are submitted.

Guidelines for Distribution of Major Community Projects Fund(PDF, 392KB)

Gannawarra Shire Council Plan 2017-2021

Gannawarra Sport & Recreation Strategy 2019-29


4. Other funding opportunities



Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) strengthens rural, regional and remote communities working in partnership with philanthropy, government and business.

FRRR often have a range of available funding opportunities available to communities, and they are outlined online or by phoning 1800 170 020.

Sport and Recreation Victoria grants

The Sport and Recreation Victoria Grants website features a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.

Regional Arts Fund

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia. The Fund meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in and access to the arts and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts.

For more information on these opportunities please visit the Regional Arts Victoria website.

Veterans Grants

The Victorian Government offers a range of grants to support and commemorate veterans and to preserve war heritage. For details, please visit the Victorian Veterans Grants Program website.

Change Our Game

Change Our Game - a Victorian Government initiative - aims to increase the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to leadership roles.

A number of grant opportunities are available, including:

  • Change Our Game Community Activation Grants (applications currently closed);
  • Change Our Game Research Grants (ongoing);
  • Change Our Game Scholarship Program (applications currently closed); and
  • Change Our Game Workforce Development Program (applications currently closed).

For more details, please visit the Change Our Game website.

AFL Strategic Community Investment Fund

The Australian Football League will provide $1.5 million per year to support local football leagues and clubs.

The funds supports regional and local needs, such as short-term relief to distressed clubs, assist with driving participation in non-traditional and diverse communities, assist with all-ability playing needs and to grow and support female participation.

For program guidelines and to apply, please visit the AFL Victoria website.


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 $1000 and $10,000 are available. 

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

Federal Government Energy Efficient Communities Program

Eligible community organisations will be able to apply for grants from October 2019 to fund energy generation and storage projects.

Groups that are eligible for funding include:

  • Community football and netball clubs;
  • Scout or Guide groups;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups;
  • Surf lifesaving clubs;
  • Community-owned kindergartens;
  • Welfare centres;
  • Men's Sheds;
  • Community centres;
  • Women's associations;
  • Country Fire Authorities; and
  • Community-owned child care centres.

Grants will be made available to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.

For further details, please email

Budget Direct Community Support Grants

Budget Direct is open to supporting organisations that:

  • Provide a service or other benefit for the community, on either a local or state basis;
  • Provide awareness and education;
  • Promote health, education, and wellbeing in their communities, sporting clubs included;
  • Help to build friendly, supportive communities across Australia;
  • Provide assistance and care for Australians in need;
  • Provide road safety and emergency support services;
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles; and
  • Are a registered organisation or association.

To apply, please visit the Budget Direct website.

On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grant

The On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants program will assist farmers undertake infrastructure development projects to help in the management of current drought conditions and enhance the preparedness and longer-term viability of the farm.


On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

The Victorian Government is offering a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently-needed on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme is available for the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure for livestock and for permanent horticultural plantings.

The Scheme provides a one-off 25 per cent rebate up to $25,000 (GST exclusive) to eligible primary producers for the costs associated with the purchase and installation of on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs and improves resilience to drought.




Stronger Regional Communities Small Grants Program

The objectives of the SRCP program are to:

  • Improve the livability of regional and rural towns in order to attract and retain families and young people;
  • Increase community capability and provide increased opportunities to collaborate, innovate and drive change, and
  • Increase community resilience to social, economic and environmental shocks.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rent Relief Grant

The Victorian Government has recently announced rent relief grants for Victorians experiencing rental hardship as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. 

The package provides a one off grant of up to $2,000 to help Victorian renters maintain safe, secure and stable accommodation. 

Department of Veteran Affairs – Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants program

The Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia's wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia's servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Applications close on 11 February 2021.


Rural Aid Australia One-Off Community Assistance grants

Rural Aid is proud of its support of farmers and rural communities suffering the effects of drought, flood, fire or natural disaster.

Farmers can register for a one-off payment of $1500 for fodder, financial assistance and more.