Annual grants

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

The 2023 Annual Grants open in June 2022

Applications for the 2023 Annual Grants will open on Monday 13 June and close at 11:59pm on Sunday 31 July. More than $1m is available for projects in 2023. 

Download and read our Annual Grants 2023 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

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2022 Annual Grants

The 2022 grants were announced at the 23 November 2021 Council Meeting. The annual grants program received 220 applications, 22 more than last year. More than $1.8m was requested for projects valued at $9.5m in total. Of the 220 applications, 159 applications have been recommended to receive funding totalling $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 was increased to $113,000. Also, for the first time, the 36 applicants in the Community Strengthening stream receive a three-year grant, lessening the administrative burden for these mostly CALD seniors groups. 72 per cent of applications were successful. 

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.