Community Grants and Arts and Culture Grants Program

2021/22 Round 2 Grants are now closed and successful applications have been announced. 

A new grant round will be open in September 2022.

Community Grants 

Councils Community Grants program enables community groups and organisations to complete grass roots projects which benefit   residents of the Northern Grampians Shire in the following areas; 

  • Increase healthy eating and active living 

  • Positively impact mental health and wellbeing

  • Provide access to health services 

  • Reduce family violence 

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

  • Reduce waste and community environmental initiatives  

  • Act on climate change 

Grant value

Up to $5,000

Arts and Culture Grants Program

Council's Arts and Culture Grants Program supports locally-based projects that can involve, promote, strengthen and celebrate arts and culture within the shire to:

  • Promote local participation in arts and culture
  • Support and raise the profile of local creative talent     
  • Capitalise on the unique place where art is created

Grant value

Up to $3,000


Projects that will be considered will: 

  • Align with at least one of the program objectives 

  • Effectively outline the benefits of the project aligning with the program objectives 

  • Have clear and achievable objectives and outcomes   

  • Demonstrate community involvement in the project planning and implementation  

  • Have been accurately costed and quotes provided in the application 

  • Be run by an organisation that has the capacity to implement and report on the project  

  • Be run by an organisation that has a Responsible Drug & Alcohol Policy (if applicable)  

Eligibility criteria 

All applications must: 

  • Be managed through a legal entity such as an incorporated association. 

  • Be able to demonstrate financial viability and competence. 

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

  • Not already receive substantial support from council. 

  • Not have already commenced. 

  • Include staff or volunteer wages – (Please discuss professional services that support project capacity building i.e. consultant fees, professional services, service or product contractors that directly benefit the project).

  • Project 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.    

Ineligible applicants 

Applications will be ineligible 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 received grants funding within the same financial year. 

  • Applicants are an individual applying for funds.  

  • The funding is clearly the responsibility of 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. 


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 the grant that any contributions made by council towards the staging of the project, must be acknowledged.  

Community Arts and Culture Grants Application Form Round 2 2021/22




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

Community grant acquittal >>

Grant Recipients from Round 2, 2021/22

Successful Community Grants 

  • Halls Gap Caravan Park and Recreations Reserve Committee of Management  intends to install shade-sail coverage over the Halls Gap Playground. 
  • Grampians Community Health plan to implement the Welcoming Wellness program to promote "equity of access" to persons with a mental illness accessing group activities. 

Successful Arts and Culture grants:

  • The Concongella 150th Committee project is the compilation of historical records, images, newspaper articles and memorabilia to be published in a hardcopy book format to be part of the Concongella 150th Celebrations.  
  • WAMA will hold four Nature Play events at their location. The events will deliver ephemeral play (art/cultural) experiences in a natural play environment for children 0-16 years with an emphasis on Indigenous culture and learning. 

Grant Recipients from Round 1, 2021/22

  Successful Community Grants :
  • The Central Grampians Local Learning Education Network  to set up the Mates Mentoring program at Marnoo, Stawell and St Patrick's Primary Schools.  

  • The Budja Budja Neighbourhood House will  reengage and connect the community after the 2020/21 lockdowns through holding a variety of local art and active workshops.  

  • The Kooreh Hall Committee will undergo a much-needed upgrade to the toilet block facility at the Kooreh Hall. 

  • Stawell Primary School will  develop an outdoor quite space to support the varying needs of students within the school. 

  • St Arnaud Pony Club are ensuring the grounds are up to occupational health and safety standards which will allow them to continue holding events and clinics.  

  • Pinnacle Disability Services are upgrading the kitchen facilities  to enable healthy cooking sessions to occur with clients.  

  • Stawell Gold Club are upgrading an old water system which will result in reduction of water usage and unnecessary water costs with the aim of improving the Greens. .  

  • Stawell West Primary School  will purchase needed equipment and materials to run the Hands on Learning Program for senior students within the school to provide an alternative to class based learning.  

Successful  Arts and Culture Grants include: 

  • St Arnaud Railway Hub  will upgrade the gallery hanging and exhibition facilities to enable a greater number of local exhibitions to be supported and held.  

  • Stawell Preforming Arts Center Inc will be upgrading their sound equipment to assist holding more community music events. 

  • The St Arnaud Arts Space will install a Mural painted by Kyle Torney on the wall of a local Business in St Arnaud. 

Grant Recipients from Round 2, 2020/21

MOCO Gallery: Art workshops   

Grampians Studio Gallery: Share Create Shine   

Stawell Railway Gallery:  Stawell Railway Station Gallery upgrade   

St Arnaud ArtsSpace: Art Exhibition 

St Patrick's Primary School: Paddy’s Paddock   

St Arnaud Primary School: Don't Be A Wally with Water 

St Arnaud Senior Citzens: Facility Upgrade 

Stawell Football Netball Club: Central Park Netball Scoreboard 

Buloke Landcare Network: Bio – Blitz Landcare Celebration   

Halls Gap Primary School: Food for The Soul