Apply for a Capital Development Grant


Capital development grants offer financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations to improve sport and active recreation infrastructure. Funding is provided as a one off grant with the goal of benefiting sporting and recreation groups as well as the general community.

A capital development grant can cover up to 50% of the total project cost but not exceeding $30,000.

Before applying it is critical that you read through all of the grant information below.

Apply for a Capital Development Grant 

Grant information

Who is eligible for a capital development grant?

Who Can Apply

  • Not-for-profit sporting or active recreation organisations that have a current lease/license or tenancy/JUA agreement with Yarra Ranges Council or recognised government body which the land is managed/maintained by Yarra Rages Council


Who Cannot Apply

  • Individuals
  • Profit making organisations (Businesses).
  • Sport or active recreation organisations without a current lease/license or tenancy/JUA agreement with Yarra Ranges Council on land which is not owned, managed or maintained by Yarra Rages Council.


Eligible Projects

  • Improvements to pavilions and club rooms, including kitchens, bathrooms and social space
  • Improvements to sporting and recreational facilities
  • New infrastructure initiatives to encourage active living
  • Projects that reduce risk/improve safety
  • Storage improvements
  • Fencing,


Priority will be given to projects that address the following objectives:

  • Improve opportunities and/or the environment for female participation in sport and recreation
  • Improve access for disadvantaged groups (e.g. disability, cultural, low socio-economic) to sport and recreation facilities
  • Projects that incorporate sustainability elements in design, materials or outcomes ie. environmental, economic or social


Ineligible Projects

  • Maintenance works considered as your organisation/ clubs’ responsibility under the current Tenancy or Lease agreement with Council
  • Projects which exclude access to the public or community groups
  • Ongoing administration/operational costs
  • Works that have already been started or completed
  • Sports Lighting Upgrades
  • Appliances and/or non-permanent equipment.


Application dates

  • Applications open: 9am, Monday 5th June 2023
  • Applications close: 11:59pm, Sunday 16th July 2023
  • Evaluation process: August 2023 to September 2023
  • Projects to be completed: October 2023 to 30 June 2024




Assessment criteria

Capital development grant assessment criteria
Criteria Weighting
Clear evidence of demand for the project and the ongoing benefits to community participation 40%
The degree to which the organisation has provided the required project documentation and can demonstrate the ability to deliver the project 30%
Demonstrated increased opportunities for female participation and/or disadvantaged groups 25%
Sustainability elements incorporated in design, materials and outcomes 5%


What to include in your application


  • Quotes and/or cost estimates
  • Draft plans/design/project details
  • Evidence of funds ie. Bank statement or letter from funding provider
  • Council’s Project Management Framework


  • Letters of support
  • Current Annual Report or Business plan

What if you're successful?

Council will review applications after 19th July 2023 and notify applicants of the outcome by Mid-October 2023. All applicants will be notified via email.


  • Payments of grants will be done via EFT
  • 80% of the monies will be transferred once the above mandatory requirements for Council have been received
  • The remaining 20% will be transferred upon competition and inspection of works by Council.


  • Approval for any variation to projects outside of the completion timeframe must be received in writing to be considered by Council.