Grant skills, workshops and resources

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

Local community groups and event organisers are encouraged to start developing their project ideas well in advance of grant deadlines.

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

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

Online videos

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 - Getting Ready

Grant Writing - Knowing Your Why

Grant Writing - Developing a Project Plan

Grant Writing - The budget

Grant Writing - Evaluations and acquittals

Grant writing workshops

Council usually hosts grant writing workshops in the lead-up to its annual grants program. These are designed for volunteers with limited or no experience in writing grants. Council officers are on hand to answer questions and explain the grants guidelines, criteria and how to use Smarty Grants, and the online application forms. 

Workshop information will be listed below as details become available.

Useful documents and templates