Other Community Opportunities

For more opportunities and resources especially for sporting and recreational clubs, associations and groups visit - https://southwestsport.com.au/grants/


Dysons Community Grants

The Dyson Group of Companies, incorporating the legendary Cobb & Co brand, is pleased to announce the launch of the next round of the Dysons Community Grants.

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

Grant said, “we are constantly inspired by the work these groups do to make their communities a better place, many with the support of volunteers.  We applaud their work and hope our grants make a difference to their groups.”

This next round of grants opens on 1 September and closes 30 September 2023.

All details, including terms and conditions, guidelines and an online application form, can be found at http://dysongroup.com.au/about/community-grants

General enquiries, interviews, photos etc:     Peter Cocks

                                                                        Mobile: 0417 398 232



Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program

Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2023-24 Change Our Game Professional Development Scholarships Program.

The program aims to support women to obtain and succeed in leadership roles in sport and recreation at different stages of their career, including women who are:

  • new to the workforce or returning from a career break
  • aspiring to become a CEO or senior executive
  • current senior executives, and
  • new or aspiring board directors

The program offers several development opportunities across four streams, including grants of up to $5,000 and $10,000 to complete professional development courses, career coaching, and a specialised sports governance course.

Individuals and organisations can nominate depending on the program stream. 

For more information on each stream and eligibility, or to apply, click here.

Applications close at 5pm AEST on Monday 28 August 2023.


Victorian Community Achievement Awards

The Community Achievement Awards started in 2002 and are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses make throughout Victoria. These awards aim to recognise their success and achievements, which contribute to making Victoria a better place.

Nominations are now open and will close on Friday 1 September 2023.

For more information and nomination link visit https://awardsaustralia.com/community-achievement-awards/vic/


Dan Tehan MP Volunteer Grants 2023-24

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan MP is calling on community organisations across Wannon to apply for funding under the 2023-24 Volunteer Grants.

“The grants can be used towards the cost of essential items that help make the work of Wannon’s volunteers easier, safer, and more enjoyable, such as equipment, training, transport and promotional activities to increase awareness and participation in volunteering opportunities,” Mr Tehan said.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help community organisations to support the efforts of our volunteers.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 15th September at 5:00 pm and interested groups should contact the office on 1300 131 692.  For more information and application link visit https://dantehan.com.au/2023/07/28/volunteer-grants-now-open/


Telstra Connected Communities Grant Program

After a few particularly tough years, Telstra, in partnership with the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal, will make available $600,000 over three years in grants of up to $10,000 each for community groups that can help build resilient, sustainable and liveable communities. 

Round 1 opens on the 1st March 2023 and we would really like to see many community groups from Western Victoria and Southern NSW getting involved.

More information can be found :



Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund

The fund supports projects that will improve recycling in Victoria by:

  • upgrading infrastructure
  • upgrading technology
  • increasing processing capacity
  • increasing the amount of recycled materials being made into new products.

Projects must focus on one or more of these materials:

  • Plastic (including e-plastics)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass (regional only)
  • Food and garden organics from kerbside collections (Victorian Government funding)
  • Tyres

Who can apply?

  • Business and industry
  • Local government
  • Social enterprises and not-for-profits

Applications close Friday 11 August 2023.  Visit Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund – Round 4 | Sustainability Victoria for more information, guidelines and application.


Victorian 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

Visit https://vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-grants-program/small-grants-program for more information.


Victorian Government Power Saving Bonus – Round 2

A new round of the Power Saving Bonus program will commence on 24 March 2023. Victorian households will be able to receive a new $250 payment, including any households that received a payment through the current round. You can apply for the new $250 payment by returning to https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au/ from 24 March 2023.

If you haven't yet applied for the current round of the $250 Power Saving Bonus, you can submit an application below. Applications for the current round can be submitted up until midnight on 23 March 2023.

Before submitting an application for the bonus, please read the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account).
  • You must be the account holder
  • Only one payment is available per household

As part of the Power Saving Bonus application process, we will present you with information about the best priced electricity offers available in your area. You are not required to switch offers or retailers.

The application process will take five to ten minutes of your time, and you will need to have a recent electricity bill with you.



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 presneted 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 at www.communitydirectors.com.au