Community Funding Scheme

Not-for-profit projects can be eligible for a grant of up to $6000.

If your group is applying for more than $1000, it will need to be incorporated or auspiced by an incorporated group.

2015 Community Funding Scheme

Our 2015 Community Funding Scheme has closed. Recommendations will be reported to 24 June 2015 Ordinary Council Meeting and applicants will be advised of the results following the meeting.

What will be funded?

  • New events, projects, services and activities
  • New or existing not-for-profit groups within the shire
  • Individuals in some instances

What will not be funded?

  • Political or religious groups
  • Commercial organisations
  • Groups affiliated with large organisations
  • Salaries
  • Fundraising
  • Ongoing operational costs such as salaries, rent, annual general meetings, insurances, utility costs 
  • Retrospective applications
  • Cash prizes
  • Applications that duplicate pre-existing services


To help in preparing for your future grant applications, please read the guidelines Word (DOCX, 4MB) or PDF (PDF, 676KB) before completing the application form Word (DOCX, 3MB) or PDF (PDF, 577KB)

Once you have read the guidelines, please speak to a relevant Council officer before applying or your application will not be considered. 

Arts & Culture Robyn Till 5422 0319
Community Events Terry Moore 5422 0383
Economic Development & Tourism, Events & Festivals  Shane Caruana  5421 9638 
Building Projects Bernie Massman 5421 9633
Community Development Stephen Hiley 5422 0286
Environment Michelle Wyatt 5421 9678
Recreation & Parks Katelyn Stevens 5421 1468
People & Family Guy Walter
Rebecca Millard
5422 0268
5422 0262

A joint application between groups may be submitted.

Download the application form, complete and then submit electronically via along with electronic copies of your supporting documentation. They can also be submitted in hardcopy by mail or to one of Council's service centresLate submissions will not be accepted and applications that are incomplete will be ineligible.


Each year the total funds requested through grant applications we receive is approximately twice our available budget.

We use an aggregate score, assessed by a panel, to determine the level of funding for each project. Usually, the higher your score, the higher the funding. To receive a high score, your application must address all of our criteria. A good application arises from planning and research.


We allow six weeks for the assessment of all applications. Once the panel reviews and scores these, they present a recommendation to Council for consideration at the June Ordinary Council meeting. All applicants will then be advised of the outcome in writing.


If your grant application is successful, you will receive a letter of offer, a partnership agreement and invoice to complete. We process the grant payment once the agreement and invoice has been returned to us.

Once your project has been completed, an acquittal form must be forwarded to Council. If you do not return the form, your group will be ineligible to apply for any other Council grants.

For more information, contact Council’s Governance Project Officer via or 5422 0345.

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