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Community Grants Funding Program

The Community Grants Funding Program offers three annual grants schemes to incorporated, not-for-profit community groups on an annual basis. Applications are submitted online.

  • Community Development Grants Scheme
    This scheme offers assistance up to $5,000 to incorporated, not for profit groups to develop programs, projects and events that enhance community wellbeing and increase participation. This scheme also offers assistance to not-for-profit incorporated organisations with a focus on community recovery arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Emergency Relief Grant Scheme
    This scheme offers assistance up to $7,000 to incorporated, not for profit groups to develop and deliver programs and resources to assist vulnerable people and those at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.
  • Small Equipment Grants Scheme
    This scheme is for requests of $750 or less to cover small equipment purchases, printing or administration costs to incorporated not for profit community support groups only.

View the previous recipients of our Grants Program

Community Grants Funding Guidelines 2023/24

The Community Grants Funding Guidelines provide information on eligibility and assessment criteria, tips for completing grant applications and funding conditions.

Community Grants Guidelines - 2023-24  (pdf, 5MB)

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Community Development Grants

Arts and Cultural Grants 

Emergency Relief Grants 

Small Equipment Grants


Date  What's happening
9am, Tuesday 14 March Community Grants Funding Program open
6pm to 7pm, Tuesday 21 March  Community Grants Information Session
4pm, Friday 28 April Closing date for all applications
May/June Assessment process
Late June Notification of outcomes
Wednesday 19 July Grants recognition evening
April 2024

Final day for submission of 2023/2024 Grant Acquittal/Evaluation Report

Further information

For further information on the Community Development Grants, Small equipment Grants and Emergency Relief grants contact our Community Development Officer on 1300 88 22 33 or 03 9298 4598 or email

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