Community grants program

Round 2 Grants close at 11.59pm Monday 16 March

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)

Some recent projects from Community Grant recipients

  • Paradise Hall - repair and sanding of hall for community users
  • St Arnaud Bowls Club - smaller bowls suitable for teenagers for use at inter-school bowls tournaments and training
  • St Arnaud Primary School - additions to shipping container used in their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and new garden beds to grow more fruit and vegetables
  • St Arnaud Neighbourhood House - removal of old shed to make way for new building extension
  • Stawell Gymnastics Club - purchase of specialised equipment for Kindergym program
  • Stuart Mill Progress Association - purchase and installation of disability playgroup equipment at Stuart Mill Recreational Reserve
  • St Arnaud Citizens Band Hall - internal painting of main hall
  • St Patrick's Primary School, Stawell - purchase of marquees to provide shelter at school events
  • St Peter's Lutheran Church, Stawell - Hill & Son Chamber Organ restoration
  • Stawell Community Garden - Eating Fresh in Stawell - equipment to improve three related food production and food sharing programs run by Stawell Community Garden and Stawell Neighbourhood House
  • Stawell Primary School, 502 - program school wide delivering healthy eating incursions with nutrition objectives
  • Stawell Pioneers Soccer Club - resources for new local club including goals, soccer balls, uniforms and first aid kits
  • Stawell West Primary School - Buddy Benches in outdoor play spaces
  • North Central LGBTIQ Network - bringing "Being Frank" live performance play to St Arnaud community
  • Eventide Homes - intergenerational wellbeing program

Please contact council's Community Engagement Officers to discuss your project ideas on 03 5358 8700 




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

Applicants are required to demonstrate their own contribution to the project through funds, fundraising, sponsorship or in-kind support.

Health and wellbeing grants: up to $5,000.

Only one application per organisation is allowed.

Grant funds allocated to the organisation are GST exclusive.


When to apply?

Round 1 - open from 6 September to 11 October 2019

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 February 2020

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.

Guidelines and application

Apply here, after reading these guidelines and speaking to the Community Development Officer.

Community grants guidelines(PDF, 247KB)

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.

Community grants acquittal >>