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Program overview



The Shire Grants programs aims to support local community based groups, organisations and in some categories, individuals across the eight categories listed below.


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.


Shire 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 grants information sessions before the next round closes but 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.


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.




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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