Grant skills 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

Community Grant Drop-ins

Council hosts grant information sessions in the lead-up to its annual grants programs. These are designed for community groups interested in applying to one of Council's community grant programs. The drop-in sessions provide an opportunity to chat with Council officers and get ideas and advice to support your planning and application. You can also bring along any questions about the grants guidelines, criteria, or Smarty Grants. 

Two drop-in sessions were recently held, if you missed attending you can view the presentation here(PPTX, 23MB)  or alternatively contact the grants team directly with your questions.

Useful documents and templates