Grants and Funding

1. Council's Community Grants Program

Applications for Council’s 2020 Community Grants Program are now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for details on the 2021 program. 

During July and August 2020, community grants located within the Gannawarra Shire were encouraged to apply for funding via two streams:

  • Community Event Grants to support events that demonstrate compliance to COVID-19 social distancing measures.
  • Community Support Grants. 


To prepare your application for future rounds, 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 4 have now CLOSED.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups or groups that are auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit group.

To view the guidelines for this program please click here(PDF, 257KB)

To apply, click here

3. Major Community Project Fund

Applications for Council’s Major Community Project Fund 2021 have now CLOSED. 

Between November 2020 and January 2021, community groups, organisations and clubs based in the municipality were eligible to apply for funding of between $10,000 and $125,000 to develop infrastructure projects.

The 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 were 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

Sporting Club Grants Program

The State Government's Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.

The program has four funding categories:

Category 1: Uniforms or Equipment

Grants up to $1,000 to purchase uniforms or equipment that is essential for participation, safety or first aid equipment for immediate attention to injury that may occur participating in sport or active recreation.

Category 2: Skill Development

Grants to improve the skills of organisation members by providing training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committees, including:

  • Up to $2,000 for individual organisations.
  • Up to $5,000 for leagues, associations or an organisation that collaborates with multiple organisations to deliver training for a broad range of participants.

Category 3: Organisation Operational Capacity

Grants up to $5,000 to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of organisations through strategic planning or, to increase community participation through accessible sport and active recreation opportunities such as pilot programs.

Category 4: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery

Grants to provide support to sport and active recreation organisations to be COVIDSafe and assist with return to play costs and initiatives, including:

  • Up to $2,000 for community sporting and active recreation clubs.
  • Up to $5,000 for leagues and associations affiliated with recognised state sporting associations or state sport and recreation bodies.

For more information and to apply, please click here. Applications close Thursday, 18 March 2021.


Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund

Cricket Victoria is now accepting applications for the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund for projects in Victoria. Funding is available via two streams:

Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants – Minor – $1,000 – $10,000

Community Cricket Infrastructure Grants – Major – $10,001 – $30,000

Applications close Sunday, 28 March. For more information and to apply, please click here.


Gardiner Foundation Dairy Community Grants Program

The 2021 Gardiner Foundation Dairy Community Grants Program offers community grants of up to $5000 to organisations in Victorian dairy communities. These grants are funded by Gardiner and distributed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

Applications close on Tuesday, 16 March. To apply or for more information, please click here

Stronger Communities Programme

Round 6 of the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) intends to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

A maximum of 20 projects per electorate can be funded, not exceeding $150,000 in total.

Applications are accepted via a two-stage process:

  • Completing an Expression of Interest form and submitting to the Office of Anne Webster MP, Federal Member for Mallee by 5pm Thursday, 28 January 2021. To access the form, please click here.
  • Once invited by Dr Webster to apply, applicants have until 5pm Monday, 22 March 2021 to complete their application forms.



Public Records Office Victoria Local History Grants Program 2021

The Public Records Office Victoria Local History Grants Program encourages and fosters community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Public Records Office website. Applications close midnight, Tuesday, 9 March 2021.




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.

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.


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.