Community Grants

Council is seeking applications from community not-for-profit groups and organisations that align with the expected outcomes of the Community Grants Program:

  • increased social connectedness for all residents in Northern Grampians Shire 

  • creation of safe environments that are inclusive of the growing diversity across communities in the Northern Grampians Shire 

  • increased capacity of residents to support members of the community who show early signs or are living with mental health problems

  • increased resilience within the community. 

Purpose of the program

The Community Grants Program in line with the program outcomes will support initiatives that: 

  • strengthen volunteering programs and opportunities  

  • provide opportunities for connection and participation within the community for youth, older people, people living with a disability, LGBTIQ+, or migrant communities 

  • build knowledge and capacity to provide early intervention and better support community members developing or living with a mental health problem  

  • provide options to learn about mental health and/or issues that can impact on a person's mental health  

  • provide opportunities to build and maintain the resilience of community members. 


Applications for Community Grants can be up to $5,000.  

Grants opens on 5 September and close on 17 October 2022.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Community Grant funding, applicants are required to: 

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

  • be based in, or demonstrate their project has a direct benefit to the residents of the Northern Grampians Shire. 

  • be able to demonstrate financial viability and competence. 

  • 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 project can be proven to still have benefit to residents of Northern Grampians Shire.  

  • applicants have already received substantial grants funding within the same financial year. 

  • applicants are an individual applying for funds.  

  • funds are contributing towards operating costs e.g., wages/utilities 

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

  • projects duplicate other locally available services or resources.  

  • the project or initiative 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. 


Writing a grant application can be daunting. To make it a little easier this section provides a range of documents and information that will assist in making your grant writing experience a positive one.  

Helpful hints for grant writing(PDF, 147KB)

Community Grants Auspice agreement.pdf(PDF, 148KB)

Community Grants Auspice agreement word.doc(DOCX, 114KB)

Project plan template(PDF, 126KB)


Application Form

Before submitting your Community Grant application it is helpful if 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. 
  4. Read through the application form  Application form preview(PDF, 142KB)


When you are ready to apply you can access the application form at  Community Grants application form



The appropriate acquittal form will be 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.