Community grants program

Round 2 Grants 2020/21 - CURRENTLY CLOSED Opening 1 February - 15 March 2021

Purpose of community grants

The purpose of the Community Grants are to support locally based projects that can demonstrate positive impact in health, wellbeing and community participation. Council is seeking applications from community not for profit organisations and groups that:

  • encourage healthy eating

  • promote active living

  • improve mental wellbeing

  • prevent physical violence and related injury

  • support early years development (0-12 year olds)

  • create opportunities for participation in community arts and culture

  • reduce waste and community environmental initiatives

Grant value

Up to $5,000.


Eligibility criteria

All applications must:

  •  be managed through a legal entity such as an incorporated association, registered business or sole trader

  •  be able to demonstrate financial viability and competence 

  •  be able to demonstrate a contribution to the project on a 1:1 basis

  •  your organisation must be able  to match the grant amount either in cash and/or through in-kind labour and materials

  •  provide a current financial statement of the organisation

  •  be based in, and provide a direct benefit to the residents of, the Northern Grampians Shire 

  •  not already receive substantial support from council 

Applications will not be eligible if:

  • organisations are based outside the Northern Grampians Shire, unless the project can be proven to still have benefit to residents of Northern Grampians Shire 

  • you have received community grants funding within the same financial year

  • you are an individual applying for funds 

  • applicants that cannot demonstrate their own contribution to the project through funds, fundraising, sponsorship or in kind support.

  • the funding is clearly the responsibility of other spheres of other Government departments i.e. Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Education.

  • projects duplicate other locally available services or resources 

  • the project has commenced prior to the date on which the funds are released 

  • applications are for ongoing or recurrent funding

  • previous funding received from Council has not been acquitted satisfactorily 

Grant open

Next round 1 February - 15 March 2021

Only one application per organisation is permitted.


Application form

Before completing any grant application forms you must:

  • speak to a member of council's community development team.
  • read the program guidelines.
  • meet the eligibility of this grant.

Note: It is a condition of this application that any contributions made by council towards the staging of the activity or project must be acknowledged.



A grant acquittal must be submitted to Council one month after completion of the project. The report is to include details of the success of the project, photos of the completed project and an income and expenditure statement detailing the grant from Council and how this was expended.

Community events grant acquittal >>

Grant Recipients from Round 1, 2020/21

St. Arnaud Citizens Band inc for the St Arnaud Band Hall refurbishment

Stawell Primary School for hands free water stations (part funded)

Stawell Gymnastics Club Inc. for Free G, Baby Gym, Move My Way & Fitter for Life gymnastics program

Ararat and Stawell Archer Inc. for off grid solar power system to clubrooms

Wallaloo Golf Club for a new kitchen renovation

Stawell Golf Club Inc. for new golf clubs and bags (part funded)

Paradise Hall Committee Inc. for a new switchboard

Raillery Hub Inc. for new artwork displays (part funded)

Marnoo Hall Inc. for kitchen hygiene upgrade