Other Community Grant Opportunities

 FREE WEBINAR: Good Governance in Rural and Regional Areas, 29 April 2021

Designed for community groups and not-for profits in remote, rural & regional Australia. 

It's not always easy to find governance workshops that are relevant to the specific challenges that community groups and not-for-profit organisations face,
tailored specifically to the challenges in remote, rural and regional communities.


  • Finding funding
  • Recruiting new members and volunteers
  • Getting help from peak bodies and community leaders
  • Conflicts of interest, and how to approach them

Webinar Details:

Time: 1pm - 2pm AEST, Thursday 29 April.
Cost: Free 
Location: To register visit - https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/181028404755299341?utm_source=FRRR+Master+Newsletter+List+Nov+2016&utm_campaign=125b20b16f-eNews+March+2021_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_836e76c36c-125b20b16f-77453897

Powering Communities Program

Community groups across Wannon will be supported by a new Morrison Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in Wannon. Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 will be available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required.

The grant will assist groups to lower their energy bills by installing solar panels or a battery, upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs or conducting an energy audit.

Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available at dantehan.com.au/2021/04/09/lowering-energy-costs-for-community-groups and www.business.gov.au or by contacting Dan Tehan’s office on 5561 6405.

Wannon expressions of interest close on Wednesday 5th May 2021 by 5pm.


Community Sport Sector Short Term Survival Package

The $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package provides grants to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grants of up to $2,500 are available for associations and leagues and grants of up to $1,500 are available for individual clubs and community sporting and active recreation organisations that have not previously received funding from this program. Previous grant recipients will be paid an automatic top-up grant from May 2021, provided they still meet the program eligibility criteria – these organisations will not need to submit a new application to receive this top-up grant. Top-up grant amounts are $1,500 for associations and leagues and $750 for clubs.

Applications close Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 5pm.  For more information, guidelines and application visit - https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/community-sport-sector-coronavirus-covid-19-short-term-survival-package.


Sporting Club Grants Program

Good news for sporting clubs and active recreation organisations still wanting to apply for a grant with the closing date of Sporting Club Grants Program now extended to 11 May. This means there’s more time to get an application in for new uniforms or equipment, coaching courses or for support to become COVIDsafe or to recover costs associated with the cancellation of events during the five day circuit breaker lockdown.

Grants range in value from up to $1,000 to $5,000. 

Applications close Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 5pm. For more information, guidelines and application visit - https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program


Change our game Community Activation Grant

Applications for Round 2 of the 2020-21 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants are now open.

The program funds one-off community level events that celebrate the role of women and girls in sport and active recreation.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support community organisations to deliver events that promote gender equality.

Applications close Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 5pm.  For more information, guidelines and application visit - https://changeourgame.vic.gov.au/the-initiative/change-our-game-grants


2021 Volunteer Grants

The Department of Social Services 2021 Volunteer Grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help support their volunteers, as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering.

$20 million in total is available, with up to $132,450 is available in each of the 151 federal electorates. Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for between $1,000 and $5,000.

The application process begins with a call for Expressions of Interest, with your local Member of Parliament (MP) using a community committee to develop a list of organisations to nominate. Following the Expression of Interest process, the MPs will nominate organisations from their lists. The nomination period is between Tuesday, 6 April 2021 and 2pm (AEST) Thursday, 29 April 2021.

Only organisations nominated by their MP will receive an invitation to apply. The application period is between Thursday, 20 May 2021 and 9pm (AEST) Wednesday, 9 June 2021. 

Visit - https://www.aph.gov.au/senators_and_members/members - to contact your local member for more information about the grants and register your interest.

Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program

The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is an annual grants program funded by the Victorian Government, which provides funding to Victorian emergency services volunteer groups to purchase essential operational equipment, vehicles and appliances and minor facility improvements. 

Victorian Volunteer Emergency Service groups can apply for a grant up to a maximum of $150,000 excluding GST. The VESEP will provide $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer group.

The VESEP is open to the following organisations:

  • Country Fire Authority
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Volunteer Marine Search and Rescue units
  • Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the State Emergency Management Plan.

Applications close Friday 18th June 2021.

For more information, guidelines and link to application please visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/vesep


Community History Awards

The Victorian Community History Awards are presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria to recognise the work of individuals and organisations that preserve and share Victoria’s history.

Entries close 5pm Wednesday 7 July 2021.  The Awards ceremony will be held in October 2021 coinciding with History Month. A shortlist will be announced approximately one month prior.

Please visit https://prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/community-history-awards for guidelines and application.


Worksafe Club Safety Fund

The annual WorkSafe Club Safety Fund provides financial assistance to country football/netball clubs to make improvements to the safety of their grounds or provide added safety for both players, people involved with the club and the spectators. Country Football Clubs affiliated with WorkSafe AFL Victoria Country may apply.

  • The WorkSafe Club Safety Fund provide grants of up to the value of 50% of the total quoted amount. 
  • The remaining 50% contribution can be a combination of club, sponsor or council contributions. 
  • The maximum funding amount is $5000 per application. 
  • Funds will be dispersed upon approval by WorkSafe AFL Victoria Country.
  • Round One commences 29th March 2021 and concludes 9th May 2021. 
  • Round Two commences 15th May 2021 and concludes 30th June 2021 (unless funds are exhausted prior to this date)

Visit https://aflvic.com.au/community-football/facilities/funding-opportunities/worksafe-afl-victoria-country-funding-opportunities/ for more information, guidelines and application.


Great South West Sustainable Communities Fund

The 2021 Great South West Sustainable Communities Fund will be open for applications from 1-31 May 2021. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for eligible groups and organisations from a pool of $186,000. Projects must benefit the community in one or more of the following areas: health and welfare, education and training, environment, sport/recreation, culture/the arts, and new in 2021 - projects that support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Read the Fund Guidelines to ensure your project meets all requirements, is feasible, and can be delivered by your organisation.