Community Grants

Yarra provides a range of community grants to support local groups and community initiatives.

Each year we distribute more than $2 million to strengthen our community and promote health and wellbeing. The grant program ranges across several areas including community development, arts and culture, environment, sport and recreation, youth and families.

2022 Annual Grants program 

Applications for the 2022 Annual Grants closed on 15 August. This year, 220 applications were received, and 159 projects have been successful (72%). The total amount requested was more than $1.8 million and a total of $1,003,280 was awarded to successful applicants. The grants were approved at the Council Meeting on 23 November 2021. You can view a list of successful grants here. The next round of annual grants will open in June 2022 for projects in 2023. 

Small Project Grants 2021/22

The 2021/2022 Small Project Grants are now open. Apply here

Annual Grants 2021 and Investing in Community Grants 2021-23

On Tuesday 16 February 2021, council endorsed $1.8 million in community grants to more than 150 incredible applicants through the latest round of its Annual Grants and Investing in Community grants 2021-23.

COVID-19 Quick Response Grants

On Thursday 6 April 2020 we announced a $7.46 million package to support our community and businesses through COVID-19.

Visit COVID-19 Quick Response Grants for more information on these grants.

Regular grant programs

We also offer a range of regular grant programs throughout the year, including:

Open Now open
Grant program Current status Applications close Next round opens
Town Hall Subsidy Grants for community events  Open for applications Ongoing Now open
Annual Grants Closed June 2022  
Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra Grants Closed   2023
Investing In Community Grants Closed   2023
Fitzroy Adventure Playground Program Grant Closed   Early-2022
Richmond and Collingwood Youth Grants Closed   2023
Room to Create Charitable Fund Strategic Grant Closed    TBC
Room to Create Responsive Grants Closed   July 2022

Small Project Grants

Open May 2022 Now open
Youth-Led Grants  Open  May 2022 Now open  

Community training 

We also offer community training sessions for local not-for-profit organisations.

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Have a question?

If you have a question about community grants, you can ask us online, or call us on 03 9205 5170 or 03 9205 5146.