To apply for a Small Grant (Biannual), follow the steps below.

Step 1: Check that you are eligible

Read through the eligibility criteria to make sure you meet the criteria.

Step 2: Consider the objectives and assessment criteria

Small Grants (Biannual) applications are assessed against a series of objectives and criteria. 

For more information, see Eligibility, objectives and conditions.

Step 3: Discuss your idea

Before you apply for a grant, you must talk through your project idea with a Council officer. They'll help you shape your application to give it the best chance of success.

Depending on which stream your grant falls under, please contact the relevant person below.

Grant stream Department Contact person Contact number
Active Community Recreation William Bullock 9278 4783
Active Community Sport Sean Buncle  9278 4160
Life-long Community Aged Services Maree Guthrie 9278 4955
Creative Community Arts and Culture Bridget Rasmussen 9278 4770
Healthy Community Children and Families Rhonda Allen 9278 4635
Healthy Community Cultural Diversity Emma Wilkinson 9278 4436
Healthy Community Disability, Access and Inclusion Emma Wilkinson 9278 4336
Healthy Community Health and Wellbeing Elanna Nolan 9278 4427
Healthy Community Neighbourhood Houses Caddy Purdy 9278 4869
Healthy Community Safer Communities Roz Williams 9278 4898
Healthy Community Volunteering Laura Lynch 9278 4550
Healthy Community Youth Vanessa Virgato 9278 4620
Sustainable Community Environment Liz Casper 9278 4347
Vibrant Retail Precincts Economic Development Alana Smith 9278 4879

Step 4: Get help with your application

If you have any questions or need advice, we are here to help. 

We are a quick phone call or email away to answer any questions you have. For general enquiries, contact the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) officer on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

Step 5: Complete your application

Applications open from 9am on Monday 1 March 2021.

When applications are open they are submitted online in SmartyGrants

Make sure you complete the budget requirements using the budget form in SmartyGrants, noting that:

  • all budget costs must be justified for the project proposal
  • all items listed in the budget must include a description of the item
  • some applications may receive partial funding.

Supporting documents

Be sure to attach all supporting documentation. Your application cannot be assessed until we receive all these documents:

  • Incorporation Annual Statement or Annual Information Statement 
  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • your organisation's Annual Report or audited financial statement
  • evidence of an adequate public liability insurance policy to cover the staff, members and the general public, as appropriate
  • formal quotes for all services and products over $1,000 must include the suppliers ABN and the GST amount
  • letters or emails of support (optional).

Helpful resources

We also have some helpful resources available to help with your application:

Step 6: Submit your application

Once you have completed the above steps and you are happy with your application, you can finalise your submission through SmartyGrants.

Step 7: Application assessment

Applications are assessed against the assessment criteria (see Step 2) by Council Officers and the Community Strengthening Grants Assessment Panel. 

The panel's recommendations are then submitted to Council for final endorsement.

Step 8: Results are announced

We will let you know if your application has been successful via email. 

Step 9: Grant payments

If you are successful, you will receive your grant funds within 28 days of your approval letter (or as otherwise specified).

Step 10: Evaluation

Successful applicants will be required to provide a written project report annually (or as otherwise specified in the funding agreement) against agreed performance outcomes, as part of the decision-making process for continuing the funding. This is done online via SmartyGrants.

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