Community Grants


Apply here for Community Grants Round 1, 2019.

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



  • Acquittal Reports - if your organisation/group has received a Community Grant, please ensure you have completed and submitted the Acquittal Report

Community Grants

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.

Community Grant Information Sessions

There are no information sessions scheduled at this time. 

Applications are invited for Community Grants all year

Council assesses grant applications twice a year, in March (Round 1) and August (Round 2). 
Applications for Round 1 2019 will close on Friday, 8 March 2019.
The Community Grant Guidelines (PDF 296kb) 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 (PDF 88kb) for draft purposes if you wish.

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 not for profit 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 (PDF 218kb)

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be sent a Tax Invoice / Funding Agreement (PDF 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

FRRR and Gardiner Foundation - Grant Seeking Workshop and Writing Grants Presentation (PDF 2.3mb) - as presented at the Get Grant Ready Forum on Thursday, 16 February 2017
Get Grant Ready - Resources for Community Groups (PDF 112kb)
Writing great applications (external web page)
Community Tool Box (external web page)
Guidelines and checklist for installing Solar Panels on Council buildings information sheet (PDF 142kb)
Australian Sports Foundation - Grassroots Sports Fundraising Toolkit (external web page)

Successful Community Grants Funding Recipients

2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Round 1 (PDF 35kb) Round 2 2016 (PDF 35kb) Round 2 2017 (PDF 24kb)
Round 2 (PDF 36kb)  Round 1 2017 (PDF 35kb)  
Round 3 (PDF 39kb) PICBF (PDF 26kb)  
Round 1 2016 (PDF 29kb)    








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