Grants and Funding

1. Council-managed grants programs

Community Grants Program

Applications for Council’s 2021 Community Grants Program are NOW OPEN.

To apply visit

Applicants can apply for funding via three streams:

Applicants through the Event and Support streams can apply for up to $5,000 per application to support community events/activities/programs. 

Applicants through the Major Project stream can apply for funding of between $10,000 and $125,000 to develop infrastructure projects on non-Council owned land/properties. 


To prepare your application, it is highly recommended that you read the funding guidelines. The guidelines are available now to assist with understanding what is required as part of any potential application. 

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To support interested applicants, Council hosted a Community Grants Forum online to coincide with the opening of the 2021 Community Grants Program. This forum was designed to support our community to better understand the process of applying for a Community Grant, as well as support you to feel more confident in sourcing and applying for grants from a range of organisations. 

To watch a recording of the forum please click this link: 2021 Gannawarra Community Grants Forum


Council have developed a 'help sheet' to assist potential applicants in developing their applications. To view this, please click here(PDF, 366KB)


One of the most common mistakes is applications containing incorrect budgets. To assist in making this area a bit easier to understand, please refer to the help sheet. The Help sheet contains examples of what a budget might look like for your application.

2021 Community Grants Budget Help Sheet(PDF, 295KB)

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.

To apply, please click here.


2. Other funding opportunities

Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program - Round 1

As part of the Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program, grants of up to $5,000, $25,000 and $50,000 are available for community facilities such as leisure centres, kindergartens and neighbourhood houses to identify energy-saving upgrades and to transition to renewable energy sources.

For more information and to apply before 11.59pm Friday, 20 August 2021, please click here


Defibrillator grant opportunities

Defibrillators increase the chance of survival by 62 per cent if a person in cardiac arrest is defibrillated by a bystander before an ambulance arrives.

Council encourages all community groups to install a Defibrillator and consider applying for a grant where possible.

We encourage those who successfully receive funding for a defibrillator to register with Ambulance Victoria within two months of receiving funding.

This section will be regularly updated to share external grant opportunities available.

Project Defib - Click here 


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.

Sport and Recreation Victoria grants

Sport and Recreation Victoria provides various grants to support sporting clubs and organisations.

To see what grants are available and to apply, please click here.

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

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.


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.