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Apply for Grants for Community

Thank you to the 100 applicants for the time and energy you put into your submissions. The full list of successful applicants can be viewed here - 2018 Grants for Community Recipients (PDF, 168KB).  

The Yarra Ranges Grants for Community program supports community-based projects that build the social and cultural life of the region. It is a platform for local groups, not-for-profit organisations and individuals to lead projects that identify and respond to community concerns and aspirations.

The program is also part of Council’s contribution to sustaining a connected and inclusive community.

Read on or click below to skip to the relevant sections.


Grant streams

Through the 2018 round applicants will share in $390,000 in funding across the following three streams: 


Community Development (DOCX, 84KB)

Up to $10,000

The Community Development stream supports groups and organisations to deliver projects that contribute to social well being and community involvement.

Priority areas include:

  • Health and well being
  • Environment
  • Reconciliation
  • Young People
  • Children and Families

Festivals and Events (DOCX, 77KB)

Up to $10,000


The Festivals and Events stream supports groups and organisations to deliver activities that enhance local culture, celebrate community spirit and contribute to the liveability of Yarra Ranges.

Arts and Heritage (DOCX, 78KB)

Up to $10,000

The Arts and Heritage stream supports groups and individuals to deliver projects that develop, explore and express Yarra Ranges diverse cultural heritage, creative practice and foster opportunities for community to experience and participate.


Program guidelines

Interested in applying for grant funding? The first step is to read the 2018 Grants for Community Guidelines (DOCX, 160KB). The next step is to read through the relevant selection criteria for the stream you are wanting to apply under.

To get a sense of the types of projects Council has previously funded, view the full list of successful 2017 recipients (PDF, 246KB) and 2016 recipients (PDF, 27KB)


Key dates 

Applications for the 2018 Grants for Community round have now closed. Applicants will be informed of outcomes early October 2018.


How to apply 

Applications for Grants for Community are made by completing an online application form at The form will be made available once the grant round is open.

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Got an idea?

If you have an idea for a community, arts or heritage project speak to us! 

Community Partnerships Officer - Hannah Sarsons, 1300 368 333

Festivals and Events Development Officer - Karen Meuleman, 1300 368 333

Cultural Development Officer - Gareth Hart, 1300 368 333 

Art in Public Places Officer  - Suzanne Earhart, 1300 368 333

Community Heritage Officer - John Petersen, 1300 368 333

If your great idea can't wait until next year take a look at the Small Grants page for information. 


Watch a short video featuring the Platypus Education Project, one of the many local initiatives supported by Grants for Community!


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