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Community Grants bringing people together

Community Grants bringing people together

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The City of Whittlesea’s Community Grants Program is helping community groups and organisations deliver events and activities for people right across our city.

The new grants program, which came into effect last year, has provided funding support for a range of events and programs since its introduction, including two exciting events planned for this weekend.

On Saturday 2 March, The Thomastown Neighbourhood House is hosting the Promisetown Picnic and Markets at Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre. This free event will feature performers on the community stage, activities and a market filled with local makers and their handmade goods.

The Rotary Club of Whittlesea’s annual Whittlesea Garden Expo is on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March, providing visitors with a range of exhibits and workshops from local producers, along with guest presenters Melissa King from Better Homes and Garden and horticulturist Chloe Thompson sharing tips and inspiration for your garden.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said that events such as these are a great way to bring our community together to celebrate, learn and get involved.  

“We are so pleased to be able to support our community to bring these events to life, and provide rich cultural experiences, fun activities and events get people out and about in our wonderful municipality,” said Lydia.

“Last weekend, we also supported the Whittlesea Colour Carnival, which celebrated Holi here on the Civic Centre lawns with lots of colourful fun, food and entertainment. We are excited to have so many wonderful community-led events and programs and we can’t wait see what other future activities we can support through our ongoing grant program.”

The Community Grants program offers grants across six categories, with applications assessed monthly and quarterly, providing access to funding year-round.

Applications for the next round of grants for medium and large groups is currently open and closes on 31 March 2024. Applications for small and individual grants are assessed monthly.

Free online grant writing workshops are also held regularly to help applicants prepare their grant applications. For more information on the Community Grants Program or upcoming grant writing workshops visit

For more information on the upcoming events supported through our Community Grants Program, visit