Apply for a small grant

Small Grants is a category under the Community Grant Program. This grant supports not-for-profit groups and organisations to deliver one-off, innovative activities that strengthen our community and boost the quality of life of our residents.


What the grant hopes to achieve

The aim of the grant is to:

  • respond to community needs
  • assist with community participation in local activities and improve access for individuals and groups with having high needs
  • grow local network development and partnerships
  • provide opportunities for growing new skills for members of our community.


When does the funding round begin

Applications will remain open all year until we allocate all funds. We review submitted applications three to four times a year after the below dates. 

Get your applications in before 30 April, 31 July or 31 October 2024. 


How the grant will allocate funds

  • Community Strengthening category: funding up to $3,000
  • Equipment Purchase category: funding up to $1,500 as a 50 per cent co-contribution of the total cost of equipment

The total estimated allocation for the Small Grants category is $80,000 per annum.

Please note: Organisations can only be funded for one Small Grant per financial year (1 July - 30 June) in either the Community Strengthening or Equipment Purchase category.

How to apply

  1. Before you start an application, get familiar with the guidelines
    Small Grant Guidelines
    Small Grant Guidelines
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    You will have to agree to the terms and conditions of the Community Grant Program too. 

  2. Make sure you are eligible to apply

    Before starting your application, make sure your organisation is eligible to apply.

  3. Confirm grant category and put together your proposal

    Confirm that you are applying for the right grant category.

    After checking you have got the right category, develop a project proposal that includes:

    • a brief project description
    • the objectives
    • timelines
    • budget identifying the appropriate category to submit your application.
  4. Discuss your application with us before you submit

    Before finishing your application, make sure you discuss your proposal with us. Although, you won’t need to speak with us beforehand if you’re applying for the Small Grants category.

    We can help you with your application. We can also give advice on how to apply online.

    To discuss your application, contact us.

  5. Review the assessment criteria

    Refer to the guidelines and review the assessment criteria for the relevant category before you finish.

  6. Prepare supporting information to include with your application

    Use the application checklist to help you to prepare your application to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

    Community Grants Application Checklist
    Community Grants Application Checklist
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  7. Start your application today

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