Capital Funding for Community Groups

Applications for the 2024/2025 period are now closed.

The program aims to support community groups to improve their existing facilities or develop new facilities.

The funding scheme provides two categories available for organisations to apply for capital funding.

  • projects over $7,700
  • projects up to $7,700 

Capital Funding for Community Groups 2024 -2025 - Guidelines(PDF, 152KB)

Capital Funding for Community Groups 2024 -2025 - Project Proposal(PDF, 201KB)

Capital Funding for Community Groups 2024 -2025 - Grants Open Letter(PDF, 149KB)

Funding objectives

  • to increase leisure opportunities.
  • to contribute to the development of community clubs and organisations.
  • to encourage a planned approach to facility design, development and management, that meets community needs.

Funding scheme

Projects over $7,700

  • Maximum Council contribution of $75,000
  • 50% Council contribution
  • 50% organisational contribution (50% upfront contribution and 50% deferred contribution)

Projects up to $7,700

  • 100% Council contribution


The land on which the facility development is proposed must be either Council owned or managed land.

A wide variety of projects will be considered for funding under this scheme, however, priority will be given to projects that:

  • satisfy a community need which are complementary to an existing reserve or facility development eg. minor building additions and projects which compliment existing facilities/reserves.
  • broaden community access and increase opportunities for participation.
  • address issues around safety and risk management.
  • maximise the range of users of the facility.

Assessment criteria

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

Community benefit

  • Demonstrate a direct benefit to the residents of the City of Maroondah.
  • Evidence that supports an anticipated increase in participation rates.
  • The extent to which the project maximises the use of the facility.
  • That the proposed project is sympathetic to the surrounds of the reserve or building.
  • The extent to which projects address the issues of safety and risk management.

Evidence of need

  • Evidence that demonstrates community support and need for the project.
  • Evidence that demonstrates improvement to Council assets.
  • The extent to which the project is supported by an adopted concept plan, feasibility assessment and/or linked to any planning process of Council.

Financial assessment

  • The financial capacity of the organisation to service the loan and initial cash contribution.
  • The ability of the project to be completed within the following financial year.

Application process

Applications for the 2024/2025 period are now closed.

Council officers will assess all proposals and outline project requirements and notify applicants of the outcome of their application. 

Further information

For further information please call Council’s Team Leader Sports and Recreation on 9294 5719.