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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)

SmartyGrants program help guide (PDF)

Example Budget for a Community Project Grant




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, 10 January 2018 at 9.00am


Wednesday, 7 March 2018 at 4.00pm


2 May 2018


Following round: 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018



Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Mid October 2018


Grants Information Sessions


Come and talk to us about your project ideas. Information Sessions are informal and all are welcome to come and discuss how to best frame your project.


Bairnsdale Library - Wednesday 17 January from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Orbost Library - Tuesday 23 January from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Lakes Entrance Library - Thursday 1 February from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Benambra Neighbourhood House - Tuesday 6 February from 10:30am to 11:30am

Omeo Library and Service Centre - Tuesday 6 February from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Mallacoota Library and Service Centre - Wednesday 7 February from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Buchan Neighbourhood House - Tuesday 13 February from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Community Grants


Click on the Community Projects link below to apply. The link takes you to the SmartyGrants application system. 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




Arts and Heritage Grants


Click on the category you would like to apply for below. The link takes you to the SmartyGrants application system.


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 


Round 1 2017-18


Round 2 2016-17


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