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Community Development Grants

Our current and forthcoming grants programs are now on hold while we assess the best way to provide value to the whole community which is also adjusting to the effects of COVID-19. The community will be invited to provide input and feedback into our new Community Grants programs soon. The new programs will look at how we can best support our local community through these challenging times. Please follow Council on Facebook and watch this space for updates on the launch of the new grants programs.


For more information

Contact our Community Development Grants Officer on 9217 2397 or email

Grants of up to $5000 are available to a broad range of groups including community groups, sporting clubs, self-help, cultural and recreational interest groups - provided they are not-for-profit and directly benefit the City of Whittlesea community.

Applications open twice a year. Successful applicants have 12 months to complete their projects.

Grant guidelines

Please refer to the Community Development Grants Guidelines for detailed information, including assessment criteria, conditions of grant and acquittal requirements. Please note that these guidelines are currently under review and minor changes will be updated in coming weeks.

Key dates

2020 Round one:

Applications open - 30 March 2020

Applications close - 08 May 2020

Successful applicants announced - June 2020

Projects commence - July 2020

2020 Round two:

Applications open - 14 September 2020

Applications close – 23 October 2020

Successful applicants announced - December 2020

Projects commence - January 2021

How to apply

Acquittal of all grants

Acquitting is a mandatory part of the Community Development Grant Process, and details to us how grant money was spent and outcomes of the project.

To be eligible for future funding from Council, groups/organisations need to ensure to acquit all previous grants.

Complete an acquittal form online via SmartyGrants (select 'My Submissions' to view any outstanding acquittals).

Preparing your Grant Project Budget

All Community Development Grant applicants are required to submit a detailed budget to support their application.

This details what you will use the grant funds for, the details of other funding and in-kind support that will contribute to your project and the cost of all items required for the project.

Download our Budget Help Sheet below to help you plan out your budget.