Community Grants

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For new applicants, register and Log in to SmartyGrants 

For existing applicants, Log in to SmartyGrants and go to My Submissions for current applications and acquittal forms

Phillip Island Community Benefit Fund (PICBF)

PICBF is a once only community fund that will open for applications in September 2016.  For more information see the PICBF information sheet.

Community Grants 2016

The Community Grants Program supports not-for-profit organisations to present a variety of projects and activities which enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic development of the community.

Applications are invited for Community Grants all year

Assessment of applications are in March (Round 1) and August (Round 2). 
Applicants are now invited to apply to Round 2.  Round 2 closes for assessment on Friday, 12 August 2016
Please note that allocation of Community Grant funding is subject to adoption of Council's 2016/17 Budget.

The Community Grant Guidelines (211kb) explain how to apply. 
Grant applications are only accepted using the SmartyGrants on-line system. 
You can download a paper copy of the application form (76kb) for draft purposes if you wish.

Community Grant Information Sessions

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to find out how to apply and for tips on planning larger building or event projects. No bookings required.
Inverloch Community Hub - Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Newhaven Visitors Centre - Wednesday, 8 June 2016,4.00pm to 5.00pm

Community Grant categories

  1. General Community Grant
    Up to $5,000 for equipment or other projects – to assist community groups with equipment, activities and promotion.
  2. Festivals, Celebrations and Events Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 – to support community groups to run local community events.
  3. Minor Capital Works Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 – to fund small-scale recreation reserve or community infrastructure developments.
    Groups applying for a Minor Capital Works Grant must seek advice from Council when planning a project and before making an application online, otherwise the application will be ineligible.

Major Projects

  • There is one major project funded in each round.
  • Major Project funding is from $5,001 up to $10,000 per application.
  • Major Project applications are accepted under any of the grant categories, except the sub-category of Equipment.
  • You must complete a project plan when applying for Major Project funding.  Download the project plan (PDF 71kb) and save it to your computer.  When you have filled it in don't forget to attach it to your grant application. 
  • Applicants must seek advice from Council well before planning a Major Project and before making an application online, otherwise the application will be ineligible.

Auspiced Groups

Potential applicant groups that are not legally incorporated are encouraged to consider being auspiced by a legally incorporated group to be able to apply for a community grant.
Legally incorporated groups are encouraged to consider their situation, interest, and ability, to auspice potential applicant groups that are not legally incorporated.
You can speak to Council's Grants Officer about auspicing or seek general auspicing information at Justice Connect
Auspiced applicants are required to complete a Community Grants Auspicing Form (218kb)

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be sent a Tax Invoice / Funding Agreement (290kb) for their project which must be completed and returned to Council before grant funds are paid.

Require Further Advice or Assistance?

Please contact Council's Grants Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email

Other Resources

Writing great applications (external web page)
Community Tool Box (external web page)
Guidelines and checklist for installing Solar Panels on Council buildings (information sheet 142kb)
Australian Sports Foundation - Grassroots Sports Fundraising Toolkit (external web page)

Previous Community Grants Funding Recipients

2014/15 2015/16
Round 1 (PDF 68kb) Round 1 (PDF 35kb)
Round 2 (PDF 59kb) Round 2 (PDF 36kb) 
Round 3 (PDF 28kb) Round 3 (PDF 39kb)
Round 4 (PDF 69kb) Round 1 2016 (PDF 29kb)







Information from "Get That Grant" Forum 26 February 2015

Bass Coast Shire Council presentation (PDF 216kb)
Bass Coast Community Foundation presentation (PDF 159kb)
Gardiner Foundation presentation (PDF 175kb)
The Myer Foundation and Sydney Myer Fund presentation (PDF 581kb)
Get That Grant resource list (PDF 55kb)

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