Other community funding and opportunities

For more opportunities and resources especially for sporting and recreational clubs, associations and groups the south west sport clubs support page

FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

Grants up to $10,000 are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions, with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.  There are three streams of funding and organisations can apply for one of these streams.

Applications close 5pm 26 February 2024

For guidelines, information and applications visit - Strengthening Rural Communities — Small & Vital | FRRR

FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities – Rebuilding Rural Communities

Recognising the impacts of COVID-19 on communities, the Australian Government has partnered with FRRR to distribute $5 million from 2022 to 2024 to support community-led initiatives. The objectives of the program are to:  

  • Enhance the process of recovery of remote, rural and regional communities from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Reduce social isolation and foster stronger, more resilient remote, rural and regional communities; and/or  
  • Sustain local remote, rural and regional organisations and their work.  

There are three streams of funding and organisations can apply for one of these streams.

Applications for the final round of this fund close 5pm 26 February 2024

For guidelines, information and applications visit - Strengthening Rural Communities – Rebuilding Regional Communities | FRRR

Dysons Community Grants

This program has been established to provide grants in support of the many community groups and organisations around Victoria.

There are two rounds of grants annually, each with $10,000 available (maximum grant $1000). Eligible organisations include schools, sporting clubs, not-for-profit groups, charities, local societies and emergency services.

This next round of grants opens on 1 March and closes 31 March 2024.

All details, including terms and conditions and an online application form, can be found on the Dyson Group website

General enquiries,can be made to Peter Cocks  0417 398 232 or community@dysongroup.com.au

Telstra Footy Country Grants 

Local footy clubs across the country can now apply for Telstra Footy Country Grants with submissions for the new funding program open from Monday, 5 February, 2024.

Unveiled in September 2023 by the AFL and Telstra, Telstra Footy Country Grants will give local footy clubs an $8 million boost over the next four years, with a pool of $2 million to be distributed each year starting in 2024.

Co-funded by Telstra and the AFL, eligible clubs will be able to apply for grants to invest in everything from new equipment for new teams, themed guernseys to increase cultural awareness and new training programs to help support and upskill volunteers. The Grants also aim to grow female participation and increase opportunities for clubs to implement new women’s and girls teams.

Eligible regional and metro clubs can apply for grants of up to $20,000, helping to strengthen, sustain and grow local footy.

For more information, criteria and online application visit link - Telstra Footy Country Grants - Play AFL

Victorian 2024 Telstra Connected Communities Grant Program

In partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, grants are available to not-for-profits to help them build resilient, sustainable, and liveable communities. This round will make $200,000 available for applications of up to $10,000 each.
The program has three themes

Resilient communities that are well prepared and socially connected, with the ability to renew and recover together when disaster strikes; 
Sustainable communities that are diverse and inclusive, through planning for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of their people and planet;
Liveable communities that have digital capability, helping to equip people with the skills to live, learn and work in a digital society. 

Applications for the 2024 Telstra Connected Communities grant round will open at 9am on Tuesday 27th of February 2024 and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 27th of March 2024. Successful grants will be announced in June 2024 and successful applicants will have 12 months to complete funded projects. 

Find out more details on the Connected Communities Grant program on the Telstra website

Fisheries Authority Small Grants Program

To provide funding of up to $5,000 (GST exclusive) for small recreational fishing projects which benefit public recreational fishing in Victoria.

At the discretion of the Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group, the Small Grants Program will provide funding under the following categories:

  • Recreational fishing access and infrastructure
  • Community fishing events
  • Education projects

The Victorian Fishing Authority website has more information.

Men as Allies: Supporting Women and Girls in Community Sport

Men can play a critical role in supporting and enabling gender equality in community sport, through actions as simple as watching women and girls play sport, calling out inappropriate language, and volunteering in traditionally women's roles.  To learn more about the actions men can take to support women in sport, read the research summary presented to Sport and Recreation Victoria - Change Our Game | Men as Allies: supporting women and girls in community sport

All-Terrain Rollator

Glenelg Shire Council now offers free hire of an All-Terrain Rollator for community use.

The All-Terrain Rollator is specifically designed to navigate all the challenging off-road terrains, including soft sand and is located at the Portland Visitor Information Centre on Lee Breakwater Road Portland.

To book, please contact the Portland Visitor Information Centre on 1800 035 567 or portlandvic@glenelg.vic.gov.au.

WTF - Where's the Funding?

Fundraising is the lifeblood of most community organisations, yet it's an often-neglected task. Most organisations draw the majority of their income from just one or two sources, and that's a dangerous strategy. If one of those sources dries up, you could quickly face a budget black hole

"Where's the Funding?" is an affordable online compact course run by Our Community designed for grassroots fundraisers. Drawing from the Seven Pillars of Fundraising, this ICDA course will help participants identify all the many sources of income available to their organisation and give them confidence to start drawing from each of them.

The course costs just $55 and is delivered via a smart learning management system which allows you to complete the course at your own pace and at a time and location of your choosing. Learn more and register.