Grants and Funding

1. Council's Community Grants Program

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Council’s 2019 Community Grants Program will open for applications very soon!

To view recipients from round two of the 2018 Grants Program please see media release.

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

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

To prepare for the upcoming round 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. Loddon Mallee Region Move It project

Encouraging older residents to get moving

As part of the Loddon Mallee Region Move It project, we're inviting expressions of interest from groups keen to share in $1.2 million in funding to help people aged 65 and over who are living in the Loddon Mallee Region to be more active.

The project aims to:  

  • get inactive older Australians active
  • enhance older Australians’ understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity, including physical and mental wellbeing, and the benefits of social connectedness
  • enhance the capability and capacity of organisations and staff responsible for delivering age-appropriate activities to older Australians.

The project is funded by the Australian Government through a Sport Australia Move It AUS—Better Ageing grant.


Eligible organisations include:

  • Councils—either individually or in partnership with another Loddon Mallee council or community organisation.
  • Regional Sports Assemblies, tertiary institutions, Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) and incorporated not-for-profit sport and recreation providers based in the Loddon Mallee Region—either individually or in partnership.

Not-for profit applicants must be registered as an incorporated body and have an ABN, or arrange for a legally constituted not-for-profit organisation or their council to manage (auspice) the funds.

For the application to be considered, the relevant council (or councils) must provide a letter of support confirming that the project:

  • is consistent with appropriate local data and evidence, including for example, consultations with older residents, and
  • addresses gaps and/or meets the needs of residents aged 65 years and over.

The lead organisation submitting the application will be responsible for reporting, accountability and compliance with contractual arrangements for each of its funded projects.

Individuals, for-profit organisations and unincorporated organisations without a sponsoring organisation are not eligible.


Programs should develop an increased staff and/or volunteer competency, with the capability to help older Australians to become more active and aware of the benefits of regular physical activity.

Examples of participation based sport and physical activity programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • modified sports initiatives that include adapted time, equipment, playing formats, rules, non-physical contact or intensity; and/or
  • activities that develop greater flexibility, strength, balance, endurance and social connections.

For example, the funding can be used to:

  • employ someone to implement an activity/program
  • purchase activity equipment that is not a capital asset
  • run a program/activity that is modeled on something that has been done before, provided that there is evidence of demand and success of this type of project, and that it currently does not exist.
  • pay for venue hire, however your application will need to demonstrate how you intend to make this sustainable beyond the end of the project.
  • hire a bus for people who don’t have access to transport, provided your application demonstrates how you intend to make this sustainable beyond the end of the project.

Applications can apply for the maximum amount of funding allocated to each local government area. Note: a maximum of two project activities per local government area will be funded, therefore a partial grant may be offered.

The funding will cover the activities from September 2019 to September 2020. Projects that demonstrate sustainability beyond this time will be look upon more favourably. 

Applicants are responsible for marketing and promoting their program/activities. Please remember to allocate enough funds to do this.

Examples of projects/activities that will not be funded include:

  • stand-alone, one-off events
  • established projects that are already operating (and do not offer increased scope, reach or scale)
  • ongoing operational costs beyond the life of the project
  • high performance sport (including elite, representative sport and Masters sport)
  • purchase of capital assets (e.g. buildings, motor vehicles, furniture)
  • requests for retrospective funding
  • international travel.

Funding cannot be used to support an existing program. Preference will be given to new projects and those that can demonstrate a need or gap in service.


To download the Funding Guidelines and Expression of Interest Form please visit and click on 'How to Get Involved'

3. Other funding opportunities

  • Department of Justice Community Safety Fund

Applications for the 2019/20 Community Safety Fund are scheduled to open 26 August 2019.

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

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

For more information on this funding opportunity please visit


  • 2019 Australia Post Community Grants Program

Australia Post is offering grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects that provide positive benefits for your community.

Incorporated not-for-profit Australian organisations that provide community benefit are encouraged to apply.

Applications are now open and close on 4 August 2019 at midnight (AEST).

For more information please visit


  •  FRRR

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.

Currently there are two funding programs available through Regional Arts Victoria:

Community Grants - Applications for Round 2 are now open and will close on on Monday 19 August 2019 for projects starting after 1 January 2020. 

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 Regional Arts Victoria website


  • Loddon Mallee Renewable Energy Art Award

The Loddon Mallee renewable energy art award will support ten artists from the Loddon Mallee region. Each artist will receive $1,000 to produce an art piece responding to the theme 'Our renewable energy future'.

Applications are now open and close at midnight on 25 August 2019.

For further information visit


  • 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 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.