Grant Skills and Resources


Council is please to be able to offer some resources to help community members be more successful in their grant seeking.

Grant skills and resources

Applications for the next round of Council's Community Funding Scheme and Events & Festivals grants program will open in 2022.

In the meantime, local community groups and events organisers are encouraged to start developing their project ideas well in advance of our grants deadlines.

Check out our online resources including project plan and budget templates to guide your grant application efforts.

A series of training videos developed with Woodend-based group Non Profit Training are also a handy tool if you are considering applying for future funding.

Further advice is also available from the Community Development Team on (03) 5422 0333 or email

Online resources 

If you need help to reimagine how best to run your event in a COVID normal world, view our three-part masterclass on COVIDSafe event planning. These webinar presentations will guide you on how to develop a plan that focuses on safety, prevention and response to manage public health risks.

Council's COVID Safety Officer can also provide venue-specific advice reflecting the latest government advice and COVID-19 requirements.

Non Profit Training of Woodend have produced the following video clips to help complete your grants application with Council or other funders:

Grant writing workshops

Council usually hosts grant writing workshops each March in the lead-up to its annual grants program. In 2021, one face-to-face workshop was hosted at Woodend Community Centre and the other held via webinar.

Led by an expert facilitator, these sessionsto support local organisations and groups. Participants learn how to navigate project planning and make applications for various funding opportunities, not just Council grants.

All workshops are designed for volunteers with limited or no experience in writing grants. Council officers are on hand to answer any questions to explain the annual grants guidelines, criteria and online grants application forms.