Grants and Funding

1. Council's Community Grants Program

Applications for Council’s 2019 Community Grants Program are closed and currently being assessed.

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

2019 Community Events grant guidelines(PDF, 313KB)

2019 Community Support Grant guidelines(PDF, 419KB)

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

2019 Community Grants Application Help Sheet(PDF, 371KB)


2. Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants Program

Applications are now open for the Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants program and close 5pm Friday 4 October 2019. Applications will be submitted via Council's online SmartyGrants system.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be available to not-for-profit community groups or groups that are auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit group. These community groups must be located within the Gannawarra Shire Council area and serve residents of the Gannawarra Shire.

Council acknowledges funding support from Department of Health and Human Services towards this initiative.

Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants Program guidelines(PDF, 303KB)

Click HERE to apply

3. Other funding opportunities

Department of Justice Community Safety Fund

Applications for the 2019/20 Community Safety Fund are now open.

These grants provide funding for communities in Victoria to implement locally based crime prevention solutions.

Types of projects that may be funded include security equipment and infrastructure, activities engaging the community in small-scale, physical improvements and upgrades to public spaces, education and awareness initiatives.

Funding up to $10,000 per project is available.

For more information on this funding opportunity please visit or you can email


Community Shade Grants Program

Applications for the Community Shade Grants Program are now open.

The aim of the Program is to reduce Victorians' exposure to UV radiation by increasing shade in public places across the state and by promoting uptake of sun protective practices.

The Program is offered once a year, across two grant categories:

  • School Shade Grants Program 
  • Community Shade Grants Program.

Grants provide up to $25,000 for shade development in schools and $50,000 for community groups and can include up to $700 for sun protection items (excluding GST). Applicants may also request up to $700 for sun protection items only.

The School Shade Grants Program closes for applications at midnight on 18 September 2019.

The Community Shade Grants Program closes for applications at midnight on 2 October 2019.

For more information and to apply visit Shade Grants Program website.

Community Environment program funding

This Grant funds small scale, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities. The program also seeks to encourage the community to connect with their local natural environment.

Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to fund projects are available to a wide range of organisations (full details about eligible groups are included in the Fact Sheet).

Applicants are required to submit an EOI to the office of their local MP before 30 August 2019.

 Further information about the grant program and all the Fact Sheets, EOI forms and guidelines are available at this website.


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 on their website or you can contact them via phone on 1800 170 020.

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.

Quick Response Grants - 2019 Quick Response Grants Program is now open and will close on Friday 6 December 2019 or once funds are expended, whichever is sooner.

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

Qantas Regional Grants

The Qantas Regional Grants program adds to the existing initiatives created to strengthen regional communities, drive local economic activity, stimulate tourism and support jobs. This includes a discounted fare program for residents to make air travel more accessible, and our new pilot academy which is expected to drive further activity when it opens in regional Australia next year.

Grant applications are now open and close on 30 August 2019. Entry is open to Australian based individuals, not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in  regional communities. 

Charitable organisations must be:

  • registered in Australia
  • endorsed as income tax exempt.

For more information please visit the Qantas Regional Grants website. 

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 $2000 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:

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.

For further information visit:


Emergency: Sporting and Recreational Equipment

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.

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.

For more information on the program please visit: http//

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

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.

VicHealth Active Club Grants

Clubs can apply for grants of up to $3,000 or up to $10,000 to provide more opportunities for Victorians to participate in sport, with a particular focus on people who otherwise wouldn’t get these opportunities.

Building on momentum generated by the successful This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, the new funding will help local sport clubs across Victoria deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get active.

Clubs applying for Active Club Grants funding can also request an additional $2,000 grant to promote This Girl Can – Victoria to encourage women in their local community to get active.

VicHealth is also keen to support clubs who are looking to provide more social, flexible and accessible sport programs for Victorians of all ages, genders and backgrounds as well as increased opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.

There are two outcome areas that clubs can apply for funding for:

Outcome area 1: Female participation

VicHealth knows female participation levels in sport clubs are much lower than males. Our research shows this is due to a lack of suitable opportunities and difficulty prioritising physical activity over other commitments like family, education and work. For this grant, we ask clubs to demonstrate how they’ll get more women and girls involved in physical activity, through new or recently established programs, activities and opportunities.

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

We’ll will be funding clubs who demonstrate how a social or modified program will attract more people to become regularly physically active in their sport. Successful clubs will modify different sports to increase participation opportunities across age, disability, skill level, fitness level, lifestyle, or location. Social sport includes more flexible, fun and less-structured opportunities with a focus on social interaction, and less emphasis on performance, results and competition. Social sport can also be used to introduce someone to a new sport or to bring people back to sport due to factors such as injury or lifestyle changes.

What’s new

We’re now offering clubs funding to support venue hire, deliverer fees and Changes to Environment that will make your club environment more welcoming to women and girls.

We know these three areas are crucial to setting up a new initiative and providing a positive experience.

For more information or any questions, contact Brenton Mendes on (03) 9667 1308 or email

Applications close 4pm Friday 30 August 2019.

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