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Program overview

The Shire Grants programs aims to support local community based groups, organisations and in some categories, individuals.



Guidelines for all categories


IMPORTANT: There have been significant changes to the Community grants program, please read the guidelines below and call Kathryn Macdonald, Community Development Officer on ( 03) 5153 9500 if you have any questions.

It is important to read the guidelines before starting your application.


Community Projects/Arts and Heritage and RADES 

Grants guidelines (PDF)

Community Projects Quick Response Grants Guidelines (PDF) 

SmartyGrants program help guide (PDF)

Example Budget for a Community Project Grant


Grant Opening and Closing Dates


Grant Round Opens and

applications can be submitted from:

Grant Round Closes and

application need to be submitted by:

Projects, events and any funded activity

needs to start after:

Wednesday 9 January 2019


Wednesday 6 March 2019


10 May 2019


Wednesday 5 June 2019


Wednesday 7 August 2019


10 October 2019


Grants Information Sessions


Program staff will be holding the following grants information sessions before the current round closes. If you are unable to attend you can come and talk to us about your project ideas anytime.

Information Sessions are informal and all are welcome to come and discuss how to best frame your project.

We are partnering with Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Gardiner Foundation to deliver a grant writing workshop. All welcome but please ring to book on 03)5153 9500 as lunch will be provided.



 Cann River Community Centre Monday 4 February 2019 11am

 Lakes Entrance Service Centre

- Library meeting room

Tuesday 5 February 2019 5pm 

 Bairnsdale Library


Thursday 7 February 2019 5pm
 Omeo Service Centre Tuesday 12 February 2019 1pm


Bairnsdale Grant Seeker Workshop

Delivered in partnership with FRRR and the Gardiner Foundation.

Learn effective grant writing skills. BOOKING REQUIRED, Limited seats.

 Wednesday 13 February 2019

 10.30am - 1pm


Community Grants


Click on the Community Projects link below to apply. If you have not applied before you will need to register your details on the Smartygrants system before you begin.



Community Projects- up to $5,000


Community Projects Quick Response - up to $500




Arts and Heritage Grants


Click on the category you would like to apply for below.


Arts Grants - up to $5,000


Major Arts Grants - up to $10,000


Heritage Grants - up to $5,000


Quick Response Arts Grants

- up to $500



Regional and District Events Sponsorship (RADES)


The Regional and District Events Sponsorship is for larger events that bring direct economic benefit to the region.


The event would show a level of innovation and creativity to engage the community in new opportunities and experiences.


Funding can be applied for up to three years to help build an event to become self-sustainable.


Regional and District Events Sponsorship - up to $10,000 


Funding for up to three years can be applied for through RADES.


Drought Relief Community Event Grants


The Drought Relief Community Events grants aims to support communities to implement and develop events that benefit and engage the East Gippsland community in this time of drought.


Approved Projects 


Community Project and Arts and Heritage Grants

Round 1 2018-19


Community Project and Arts and Heritage Grants

Round 2 2017-18  


Community and Arts and Heritage Grants

Round 1 2017-18


Community and Arts and Heritage Grants

Round 2 2016-17




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