Grants and Funding

Council-managed grants programs

Community Grants Program

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Council sought applications for the 2023 Community Grants Program in August 2023, with successful recipients announced in October 2023 and November 2023. Applications were accepted via the following streams:

  • Community Event: Up to $5,000 per application to support local events.
  • Community Support: Up to $5,000 for application to support local projects and activities.   


To assist with future applications for this popular program, it is highly recommended that you read the funding guidelines. The guidelines are now available to assist with understanding what is required as part of any potential application. 

Community Support funding guidelines(PDF, 2MB)

Community Events funding guidelines(PDF, 2MB)

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To support interested applicants, Council hosted a Community Grants Forum online in 2021. 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. Council did not host a forum in 2022/23, however the content of the 2021 forum is still current. 

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 an example of what a budget might look like for your application.

Community Grants Budget Help Sheet(PDF, 172KB)


To learn more about past projects supported by Council's Community Grants Program, please click on the links below:

Gannawarra Community Flood Recovery Grants Program

The Gannawarra Community Recovery Flood Recovery Grants Program is supporting events, activities and programs planned to be held between 25 March 2024 and 30 April 2024 to coincide with the Easter and April holiday periods.

Community groups, organisations and live music venues located in the Gannawarra Shire are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 of funding.

Examples of eligible activities include live music, children and family entertainment, community barbecues, pop-up art, and school holiday programs. Catering and advertising costs can be included as part of a broader community focused project, noting that advertising is capped at no more than 15 per cent of the total approved budget.

Ineligible expenses include sponsorship, prizes, flags, banners, uniforms, infrastructure and equipment. Events, programs and activities that have already been funded by Council or the Gannawarra Community Resilience Committee are ineligible to apply for further funds.

Applicants must be based in the Gannawarra Shire and provide services to the Gannawarra community.

Events, programs and activities that provide social connection opportunities and contribute to a calendar of events across Gannawarra communities over the Easter and April holiday period to attract additional visitors will be prioritised.

This funding opportunity is supported by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) as part of the Gannawarra Community Flood Recovery Program. Successful applicants will be required to provide promotional material acknowledging the funding source by affixing a logo banner, as provided.

To assist in confirming arrangements, applications will be assessed as they are received but must be made by Thursday, 29 February.

Applications must be received via Council’s Smartygrants portal. To apply, please click here.

Funding to successful applications will be made in mid-March and final reports will be required to be submitted within one month of the event, activity of program taking place, but no later than 31 May 2024.

Council assistance is available to help support community ideas and the development of promotional material.

To discuss ideas or for further assistance, contact Council on (03) 5450 9333 or email

Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants Program

Applications for Council’s Community Resilience Grants Program are currently closed.

Grants of up to $3,000 were 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

Other funding opportunities

Victorian Government grants

The Victorian Government's grants and programs website lists various grants programs community groups, organisations, businesses and individuals can seek funding from. To view this resource, please click here.

Regional Development Australia funding opportunities

Regional Development Australia - Murray's website has a range of resources available, including grant opportunities. To view this resource, 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.

Community Defib Project - 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.

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.

Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria offers grants for sustainability initiatives. Click here for more information and to see which grants are currently available.

Regional Arts Victoria

Regional Arts Victoria offers a number of funding opportunities for artists, art organisations and presenters of arts projects.

Any groups or individuals who have creative ideas are encouraged to make contact with Lorraine Little who is the Manager of the Swan Hill/Gannawarra region for Regional Arts Victoria via email or phone 0476 353 856.

To see current funding opportunities available through RAV please visit

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