Grants, funding and development opportunities

Community Grants  

The new Community Grants program is now open, closing midnight Sunday 14 July 2024

Council uses the SmartyGrants program to manage applications. To apply for a grant for the first time, your community group or organisation will need to register via the SmartyGrants platform.

Guidelines – Community Grants Program guidelines

Application form –


Please email our Community Development Officer on
or call  03 5153 9500 if you have any questions.


To assist you in completing your Grant Application Form, we’ve organised three one-hour online Q&A webinars and one in-person engagement session. These sessions are a great opportunity to get your questions answered and receive guidance.


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Grant application information regarding land manager consent

The Assets and Environment directorate has developed a new process for the community or property owners to apply for land manger consent.

Land Manager consent is required for any works on Council-owned or managed land. It is also required for grant applications where the grant works or event will be conducted on Council-owned or managed land                          .

Grant application support letters will be assessed by the Manager Community Facilities and Open Spaces.

Click here for grant information pertaining to your application.

Previous funding recipients

Reading about past projects that have received funding can help you with project ideas, or give you an understanding of the types of things we fund.

Approved projects 2020-21 - Round Two

Approved projects 2019-20

If you would like to view previous approved projects or have any questions please contact the Community Development Officer.

Digital Confidence Program

East Gippsland Shire Council is excited to be partnering with GippsTech to deliver a Digital Confidence program for our business owners in the region, aiming to raise the confidence of local business operators to adopt technology and find new ways to grow and develop their business.  

This project is jointly funded by the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government under the Federal/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

What is the program?

There will be a series of seven workshops held across the shire, including one online session.

After attending a workshop, up to 50 businesses will receive one-on-one personalised mentoring support.

This mentoring will include the completion of a Digital Health Check, reviewing current technology needs and uses, and then building a roadmap to implement changes that will enable business owners to:

- Power up their digital presence

- Boost efficiency and sales

- Increase digital safety and security of business information

Who is eligible?

This program is open to business owners, farmers, start-up businesses and side hustles. For the personalised mentoring, priority will be given to business operators located in Bendoc, Buchan, Cann River, Mallacoota, Marlo, Omeo, Orbost and Swifts Creek.

For more information on sessions this May, visit the Your Business page.

East Gippsland Grant Finder

We are excited to partner with Grant Guru to provide the ‘East Gippsland Grant Finder’ to all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals. This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to you from many sources including; State and Federal government, corporate and philanthropic.

Our free service means you will never miss a grant opportunity again.

You can register to receive email alerts for new grants, save your favourites and access tips to help you apply for grants.

For more information, visit the East Gippsland Grant Guru portal.

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