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Community Development Grants

Community Development Grants

Our Community Development Grants Program provides funding to groups/organisations involved in projects that build people's skills and engage them within their local communities.

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 residents of the City of Whittlesea.

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

Apply for a grant

Key dates

2018 Round two:

  • Applications open - 20 August 2018
  • Applications close - 02 October 2018
  • Successful applicants announced - December 2018
  • Projects commence - January 2019

2019 Round one:

  • Applications open - February 2019

Application support

Applicant drop in support sessions

Drop in for 1 on 1 application support with our Community Development Grants Officer and learn more about the application process, and how to use the online application form.

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 22 August, 5pm to 8pm
    Fountain View Room, City of Whittlesea Offices
  • Tuesday 4 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
    Galada Community Centre, Epping North
  • Monday 10 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
    Laurimar Community Activity Centre
  • Thursday 13 September, 10am to 1pm
    Thomastown Library
  • Tuesday 18 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
    Mernda Village Community Activity Centre, Mernda

Free Grant Writing Workshop

Learn from experienced grant writers about the skills, tips and techniques that will help your community group, school, non-profit organisation or sporting club submit grant applications with the best chance of being successful.

Tuesday 28 August
10am to 12pm
Whittlesea Community House
92A Church Street
Whittlesea

Wednesday 29 August
6.30pm to 8.30pm
Whittlesea Community House
92A Church Street
Whittlesea

To register email landcare@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or call 0417 127 841.

Grant categories

Applications are required to nominate one of the following categories for their project:

Equity, Access and Inclusion

Projects that contribute to accessible and inclusive communities by:

  • allowing people to connect with the services they need
  • seeking to break down barriers to participation (eg. projects to support people with disabilities, gender equity or those who might be isolated and disadvantaged)

Families, Children and Young People

 Projects that support families through all of life's stages and that enhance the health, social connection and development of families, children and young people in community life.

Environment and Sustainable Living

Projects that educate and benefit the environment, engage the community in environmental sustainability and conservation, and use innovation to become more sustainable.

Health and Wellbeing

Projects and activities that promote healthy communities and encourage a sense of wellbeing and belonging across all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds:

  • projects that take a prevention approach to health issues
  • promote safe places where harm from violence, alcohol and drugs is addressed

Arts and Cultural Connections

Arts and cultural projects that:

  • encourage the development of community spirit
  • bring people together
  • promote cultural heritage and diversity
  • encourage community participation and involvement

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.