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Grants and Funding

The Greater Grants Program is designed to help build our region by giving community groups a funding source to undertake new or growing initiatives, projects, or events that benefit the Southern Grampians Shire.

Does your community group have a project that needs a little extra funding support to help get it off the ground? The Greater Grants Program could be for you.

Greater Grants are currently closed.

Guidelines and Application Form

Eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for Greater Grants can be found here in the Greater Grants Guidelines and Application Form.

Important: Please ensure you download and save the application form to your desktop prior to filling it out. This will ensure it saves correctly and no information is lost.

Please follow the guidelines and assessment criteria to ensure that your application for Greater Grants funding can be evaluated by the Assessment Panel.

Grant Categories

There are grants available under six different categories. Each grant category has a different contact person who is happy to discuss your project/event and assist you with any questions you may have.

Call 03 5573 0444 to speak to the relevant staff member.

All applications should be submitted via email to

Arts and Culture Development Grants
- Contact: Manager Performing Arts
Funding designed to assist groups or individuals realise creative projects. This could include supporting partnerships between creative practitioners and community groups and assist both to realise projects that:
• Enliven public places and spaces;
• Are Innovative, creative and responsive to the needs of the community;
• Reflect the region’s identity and tell our stories to residents and visitors;
• Cultivate and support the creative sector to grow and thrive.

Community Infrastructure Grants
- Contact: Manager Recreation
Funding designed to assist groups to enhance, improve, or renew physical assets. This could include:
• Assisting in the provision of new facilities;
• The extension or modification of existing facilities;
• The purchase of equipment or major maintenance to existing facilities which is considered by Council to be of a capital nature.

Community Strengthening Grants
- Contact: Community Engagement Coordinators
Funding designed to assist groups to enhance, improve or renew social assets. This could include:
• Supporting initiatives that build or strengthen community connections;
• Improve health and wellbeing and / or improve sense of community.

Environmental Sustainability Grants
- Contact: Sustainability Coordinator or Biodiversity Officer
Funding designed to assist groups to protect or improve the natural environment. This includes:
• Supporting the community to develop and promote projects which contribute toward environmental or sustainability objectives of the Council Plan, Sustainability Strategy 2010-20 or a local Community Plan.

Heritage Grants
- Contact: Planning Administration Officer
Funding designed to assist in maintaining, documenting or restoring items of historical significance with preference given to those in the public realm. This could include:
• Promoting the care and conservation of our heritage places / objects by assisting with the maintenance, restoration and documenting of these places / objects which help to tell the stories of the Shire.

Tourism and Events Grants
- Contact: Events Marketing and Development Officer
Funding designed to assist groups to develop, enhance, or promote a new or growing tourism product or events that demonstrate an economic benefit to the region. Examples include (but not limited to):
• Promotion of event or tourism product through advertising (print and electronic including social media)
• Venue hire
• Equipment hire to assist in professionalising event
• Signage.

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