Community Events Grants

Northern Grampians Shire Council is committed to supporting community groups to provide opportunities for participation, social connection, and celebration. This grant is designed for smaller community events of up to 500 people.  

Purpose of the funding: 

The Community Events Grant Program supports events that will:  

  • Build community capacity. 
  • Foster local talent and recognise artistic and cultural strengths within the municipality.
  • Attract youth and support cultural diversity.
  • Increase participation in, and collaboration of, the arts in the Northern Grampians Shire.
  • Build an inclusive creative community through participation.
  • Activate town centres and rural communities.


Applications for Community Events Grant Program funding can be up to $3,000 per annum. 

The funding stream is open until funds are expended.



Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for community events funding, applicants must:

  • Be a not for profit or incorporated body with an ABN or be in an auspice agreement with a not for profit or incorporated body with an ABN and able to provide documentation demonstrating the auspice agreement

  • Be based in, or demonstrate that the event has a direct benefit to the residents of, the Northern Grampians Shire

  • Have completed the first stage of the NGSC Events Registration form

  • Demonstrate that the organisation has the capability to run a successful event

  • Not already receive substantial support from council

  • Be able to be compliant with council’s regulatory requirements 

  • Provide evidence of Liability Insurance. Events, activities, or construction that have a likelihood of causing damage or personal injury must have public liability insurance (of at least $20 million). Other amounts will be considered where there is no likelihood of damage or injury.  

 Applicants will not be eligible if:

  • Organisations or groups are based outside the Northern Grampians Shire, unless the event can be proven to still have benefit to residents of Northern Grampians Shire  

  • Applicants have received substantial support from council during the same financial year

  • An individual is applying for funds 

  • The funding is clearly the responsibility of spheres of other government departments i.e., Arts Victoria  

  • The event duplicates other local events 

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

  • The funds are to be used for ongoing or recurrent operations including wages (professional services that support project capacity building i.e., consultant fees, professional services, service or product contractors that directly benefit the project will be considered) 

  • Previous funding received from council has not been satisfactorily acquitted.


Application Forms 

Before submitting your Community Events Grant Program application, it is advised that you:

  1. Check that you meet the eligibility criteria
  2. Speak to a member of the council's Community Development Team to ensure you are applying for the most suitable grant
  3. Read the program guidelines to understand your obligations and guide your application.

You can complete the application form on the Smarty Grants platform at this link Community Events Application Form



The appropriate acquittal form will be made available in your Smarty Grants account once you have received the funds. The form is due one month after the specified completion date detailed in your application form.  

If you received a grant prior to the use of the Smarty Grants portal, please use this form:Community events grant acquittal >>