Community Grants and Arts and Culture Grants Program

Round 1 Grants 2021/22 

Open 25 October 2021 - 13 December 2021  

Community Grants Program   

Council's Community Grants Program supports locally-based projects that can demonstrate a positive impact on health, wellbeing and community participation. Council is seeking applications from community groups, clubs, associations and not for profit organisations that:

  • 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




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, 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