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

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund awards $1 million in grants to amazing Australians doing great things.

Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are offered to Australians of all ages, walks of life and interests who are working hard to positively impact the community.

Applications will be accepted between Monday, 3 May and 4pm Wednesday, 9 June by clicking here.



Change Our Game Community Activation Grants

Applications for Round 2 of the 2020-21 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants are now open.

The program is designed to support one-off events that celebrate and showcase the role women and girls play at the community level.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist sport and recreation clubs to deliver events that promote gender equality and drive positive change throughout their community.

Community or club level organisations delivering sport and active recreation programs anywhere in Victoria may apply.

Applications will close at 5pm on Wednesday 12 May, 2021.

Visit for more information. 


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. 

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.