Annual grants

Our annual grants provide financial and in-kind support for community initiatives and projects. 

2021 annual grants now closed

The 2021 annual grants closed on 29 November 2020. Decisions will be announced in February 2021.

 The next round of annual grants will open in June 2021. 

The opening date was moved from June 2020 to allow for the COVID-19 Quick Response grants to be delivered as part of Yarra’s $7.46 million community and business support package to promote resilience and recovery in our community.

Join our mailing list to receive regular updates about Yarra’s grant programs, as well as skills and training opportunities.


For information about the funding priorities and maximum grant amount for each category, download the Annual Grants 2021 guidelines.

How do I apply?

The application form can be viewed on SmartyGrants

Annual grant streams and categories

The annual grants are split into a number of different streams and sub-categories:

  • Arts and Culture
    • Arts Development
    • Festivals & Events
    • Community Arts
  • Community Development
    • Community Strengthening
    • Community Support
    • Community Celebrations
    • Social Enterprise
  • Climate Action (Tier 1 and 2)
  • Community Housing
  • Family, Youth and Children
    • Family & Early Years
    • Youth & Middle Years
  • Sports and Recreation
    • Participation Initiatives
    • Sport and Recreation Equipment
    • Coach / Volunteer Training & Education

Past grant recipients

Over $930,000 in funding was awarded for 150 projects running in 2020.

The funded programs address a wide variety of local needs and promote connectedness and well-being across Yarra.

View the list of successful applications (28.7KB, doc)

Have a question?

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