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.

2023 Annual Grants program 

The annual grants open on 13 June 2022 and close on 31 July 2022 for projects in 2023. Apply on SmartyGrants. Successful applicants will be announced in November 2022. 

Download and read our Annual Grants 2023 Guidelines.

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.

View the list of successful grants for 2022. (PDF)

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.

Regular grant programs

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

Grant program Current status Applications close Next round opens
Town Hall Subsidy Grants for community events  Open for applications Ongoing Now open
Annual Grants Open for applications 31 July 2022 Now open  
Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra Grants Closed   2023
Investing In Community Grants Closed   2023
Fitzroy Adventure Playground Program Grant Closed   TBC
Richmond and Collingwood Youth Grants Closed   2023
Room to Create Charitable Fund Strategic Grant Closed    TBC
Room to Create Responsive Grants Closed   1 July 2022

Small Project Grants

Closed 1 July 2022
Youth-Led Grants  Closed   1 July 2022  

Community training 

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

Stay informed

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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. 

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