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Community Grants

**It's new, and it's exciting!** Have you seen our Grant Finder page? Check it out - it contains a summary of a raft of funding opportunities from local, state and federal governments, and other grant programs.

For returning applicants, log into log into SmartyGrants and go to 'My Submissions'

Community Grants Information Sessions

Do you have a question about Council's Community Grants Program? Not sure how to apply? Is your proposed project eligible? What is SmartyGrants?

Then come along to a virtual Information Session. You don't even have to leave your house!

10.00am Tuesday, 6 July 2021
3.00pm Monday, 12 July 2021

Registrations are essential. Please advise which session you want to attend when you register, you will be forwarded a link to the session prior to the day. To register please call Shirley on 0435 205 816 or email

Applications are invited all year

Council assesses grant application twice a year, March (Round 1) and August (Round 2).

Community Grants Round 2 2021 will be open until 5.00pm Friday, 6 August 2021. You are encouraged to read the Community Grant Guidelines before you apply.

Grant applications are only accepted using the SmartyGrants on-line system. You can download a paper copy of the application form for draft purposes if you wish.

Community Grant Categories

  • General Community Grant
    Up to $5,000 for equipment or other projects to assist community groups with equipment, activities and promotion. Other project can be a seeding grant, or funding for a consultant or designer.
  • Festivals, Celebrations and Events Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 to support community groups to run local community events.
  • 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.
  • ** New Category** Climate Action Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 to fund project management, promotion, education and minor infrastructure.
    Funding up to $10,000 - one per round - to support more substantial projects that accelerate community-led climate action such as feasibility study for community energy project, smart grid technology, behaviour change program in climate space.
    For further information about this category, particularly the major project funding, please call Council and speak to our Climate Change and Sustainability Advisor.

Major Project Funding

  • There is one major project funded in each round plus one major project funded in the Climate Action category
  • 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 may be ineligible.


Individuals, and 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 individuals or applicant groups that are not legally incorporated.

Auspiced applicants are required to complete a Community Grants Auspicing Form and attach it to the application.

You can speak to Council's Grants Officer about auspicing or seek general auspicing information at Justice Connect



Successful applicants will be sent a Tax Invoice / Funding Agreement for their project which must be completed and returned to Council before grant funds are paid. This agreement includes all Council's funding conditions and will include any special conditions relevant to the application.

It is a funding condition that you acknowledge Council's contribution to your project.

It is also a funding condition that you complete an Acquittal Report detailing how the funds have been spent.


All successful applicants are required to complete an Acquittal Report in SmartyGrants detailing how the funds have been spent, and what contribution you have made to the project. This acquittal should be completed as soon as the project is complete, or within six months of receiving funding.

Receipts, photos and media promotion are required acquittal attachments.

Want to know more?

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

Other Grants Resources