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Community grants

Applications for community grants for projects taking place in 2016 are now closed.

All applicants to the 2016 Community Grants program will receive a letter with the result of their application in November 2015. Find out the opening and closing dates for projects to take place in 2017.

The community grants program provides funding to support and empower people and communities to become engaged, to connect and to take local action.

Aim of community grants 
Eligibility criteria
Application assistance  
Other funding opportunities

Aim of community grants

To contribute towards Council’s vision for the city, community grants are provided to schools and not for profit sports and community organisations to improve people’s quality of life. The program has a focus on local and / or vulnerable people.

Applicants are required to outline how they will contribute to one or more of the outcomes listed below.

  • People are healthy.
  • People are safe.
  • People are connected and participate.
  • People have knowledge and skills.
  • People feel they belong.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for a community grant applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a school in the City of Melbourne or a not-for-profit constituted body such as an incorporated association, or be sponsored or auspiced by one. 
  • Organisations must be located within or offer a project within the City of Melbourne municipality. You can view or download the City of Melbourne boundary map.
  • Applications must have a focus on local and / or vulnerable communities.
  • Applicants must have fully acquitted previous completed grants and have no outstanding debts to the City of Melbourne. 
  • A single project, event, activity or program will only be considered for one City of Melbourne grant program at a time. 

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For full details about the 2016 grants, including the assessment criteria and other necessary information, read the guidelines.

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Community grants 2016 guidelines (Word 123kb
Community grants 2016 guidelines (PDF 83kb)

Council Strategies

Whilst it is not essential that you align your projects to a Council Strategy it is a good idea to ensure you are aware of what Council’s priorities are. Below is a list of Council Strategies that may align to your outcomes.

Beyond the Safe City Strategy 2014-17  
Preventing Violence Against Women Strategy  
Pathways: Homelessness Strategy  
International Student Strategy   
Melbourne for All People  
Active Melbourne strategy

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Funding levels

Up to $3000:

  • This level of funding is aimed at supporting smaller, ongoing social support or communications activities that build community connections.
  • Generally applications are made by local community groups with minimal or no staffing, run by volunteers. Generally the organisations are membership based with little other opportunities for funding.
  • Funding can contribute to administrative, core operational costs and recurring activities.
  • These applications have a shorter application form.

Between $3001 and $10,000:

  • Applications above $3000 can only be funded two years in a row for the same project and must be focussed on a new initiative beyond core business activities.

Between $10,001 and $20,000:

  • Applications above $3000 can only be funded two years in a row for the same project and must be focussed on a new initiative beyond core business activities.
  • The same application form is used for applications between $3001 and $20,000, though it is expected that applications over $10,000 will have more thoroughly addressed and responded to the questions on the application form.

Other community funding opportunities 

View a list of all City of Melbourne funding opportunities.

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Don’t pay for free grants information

Message from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

If you are considering applying for a grant, please be careful of cold-callers or websites that charge for grant-related services when such assistance is already available for free.

Visit the ACCC for information and tips on how to protect your business or project.

If you have queries about the City of Melbourne’s grant application processes, please contact us.