Annual grants

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

The 2022 Annual Grants have been announced. 

Applications for the 2022 grants have been announced following their approval at the 23 November Council Meeting. The annual grants program received 220 applications – 22 more than last year. The total funding requested was more than $1.8m for projects valued at $9.5m in total. Of the 220 applications, 159 applications have been recommended to receive funding totaling $1,003,280. This is the first time the annual grants have topped the one million dollar mark. The amount allocated to the Climate Action stream has increased to $113,000. Also, for the first time, the 36 applicants in the Community Strengthening stream will receive a three-year grant, lessening the administrative burden for these mostly CALD seniors groups. 72 per cent of applications were successful.

The next round of annual grants will open in June 2022 for projects held in 2023. 


For information about the funding priorities and maximum grant amount for each category, download the Annual Grants 2022 guidelines.

How do I apply?

Apply here 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

2021 Annual Grants - Past recipients

The 2021 annual grants have closed and the grant recipients can be viewed below.  

Over $930,000 in funding was awarded for 149 projects running in 2021.

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

View the list of successful applications Annual_Grant_Recipients_2021_Report (PDF)

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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.