Community grants program

Round 1 Grants 2020/21 opens on 1 August 2020 - applications close 12 September at 11.59pm - NOW CLOSED

Purpose of health and wellbeing grants

To provide support to locally based groups and organisations to develop opportunities that will improve the lives of people in our communities. Preference will be given to projects that:

  • address community needs and provide opportunities to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of Northern Grampians Shire residents
  • reflect, and align with, objectives listed in the Northern Grampians Shire Council Council Plan 2017-21 and the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21.

Please view the 2017-21 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and make reference to where your project or program supports strategies within the plan.

Council's five key health and wellbeing goals (strategic priorities) are: 

  • healthy eating
  • active living
  • mental wellbeing
  • preventing violence and physical injury
  • early years (0-5 years)



All applicants must:

  • be a legal entity, such as an incorporated association (or auspiced by a legal entity), based in the shire
  • be from a not-for-profit organisation
  • provide direct benefit to residents of the Northern Grampians Shire

Grant value

Health and Wellbeing Grants: up to $5,000.

Only one application per organisation is allowed.


When to apply?

Round 1 - open from 1 August to 12 September 2020

Seeking applications that encompass projects around how to promote healthy eating, enhance active living, improve mental wellbeing, prevent violence and physical injury or that support early years (0-5 years) priorities.

Round 2 - open from 1 February to 15 March 2021

Seeking applications that will align with projects around how to promote early years (0-5 years) priorities, enhance active living, prevent violence and physical injury or work towards promoting healthy eating in our communities. 

Applicants must have made contact and discussed their project with the Community Development Officer before their project is due to commence.

Community grant application form >>


An acquittal report ensures that grant recipients have administered grant funds responsibly and in line with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement. It consists of a written report that summarises the extent to which project outcomes were achieved, and a financial statement detailing how the funds were spent.

Northern Grampians Shire Council's grants program requires all grant recipients to complete and return an acquittal report within six months from the notification of grant approval. Failure to provide an acquittal makes an individual, group or organisation ineligible for future financial assistance.

Successful applicants will be asked to submit photos or other supporting documentation and a brief project description for promotional reasons.

Community grants acquittal >>


Community Grant recipients from 2019/20 grant rounds 1 and 2

  • Halls Gap Caravan Park and Recreation Reserve Committee Inc for the Halls Gap Community Sports Precinct Stage 1.
  • North Central LGBTIQ+ Network to provide a live performance called 'Being Frank' play in St Arnaud.
  • Paradise Hall Committee for the replacement of old kitchen cupboards and benches in the hall kitchen.
  • Eventide Homes for installation of a playground for kindergarten students, playgroups, families, and residents’ grandchildren.
  • Stawell Senior Citizens Club for the replacement of old and worn stage curtains and front rooms.
  • Stawell West Primary School for benches around the school grounds to create a space inviting and friendly to get students interacting with one another and supporting their peers.
  • Stuart Mill Recreational Reserve Committee for outdoor tables and seating to provide an area to accommodate a diverse range of age groups.
  • WAMA Foundation (Wildlife Art Museum of Australia - the ‘biggest science experiment’), a community science project.
  • Youth Cricket Club - covers for Central Park cricket wicket.
  • The Stawell Racquetball Association to develop a six-week program to introduce children of school age to the game of racquetball.
  • Raillery Hub to purchase items for multi-purpose use at facilities for users and visitors.
  • The St Arnaud Historical Society to purchase an IPad to photograph and save paper documents of historical significance. 
  • The St Arnaud Neighbourhood House for the development of life storybooks to bring back memories for a person living with dementia.
  • The Stawell Camera Club to purchase a new high capacity laptop.
  • The Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network: Mates Mentor Program developing life skills and shared experience with young people.
  • The Stawell Football Netball Club to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator for club and community use. 
  • The Halls Gap Botanical Gardens to improve their gates and display boards.
  • The Stawell Pioneers Soccer Club towards purchasing line marking paint and outdoor tables. 
  • The Stawell 13 and Under Football Association to purchase new helmets.
  • The Navarre Netball Club to purchase new junior netball uniforms. 

Across both rounds of the Community Grants program for 2019/20, council has committed $60,000 to support 20 groups and organisations in the shire improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. 

Please contact council's Community Development Officer to discuss your project ideas on 03 5358 8700 before you start your online application.