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Community Grants

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2019 R2 grant recipients

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

We will be running two information sessions in January

  • 5.30pm Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre Meeting Room, 895 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven
  • 5.30pm Tuesday, 28 January 2020 - Old Post Office, Watt Street, Wonthaggi

If you plan on attending either session, please RSVP to Shirley 5671 2412 or

Community Grant Drop-in Sessions

Council's Community Grants and Project Officer will be working from the following locations to answer any questions you may have about the Community Grants Program, or SmartyGrants.

  • 9.30am to 11.30am Thursday, 23 January - Bass Valley Community Centre, 2-4 Bass School Road, Bass
  • 10.00am to 12noon Wednesday, 29 January - Cowes Library, 89 Thompson Avenue, Cowes
  • 10.00am to 12 noon Thursday, 30 January - Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Highway, Grantville
  • 10.00am to 12 noon Tuesday, 4 February - Wonthaggi Library, 6 Murray Street, Wonthaggi

No appointment necessary, just drop in.

Applications are invited for Community Grants all year

Council assesses grant applications twice a year, March (Round 1) and August (Round 2).
Applications for Round 1 2020 will close on Friday, 6 March 2020 . The Community Grant Guidelines 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 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.

Successful Applicants

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.

Require Further Advice or Assistance?

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

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